You will find few new cars for sale near Fort Walton Beach, Wright, Crestview, Destin, Navarre, Panama City Beach, or Pensacola that are as stunningly stylish as the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette with performance to match. But when you look into the price of these sensational mid-engine sports cars that are available in coupe or convertible body styles, you’ll quickly realize the Corvette really is in a class of its own.
The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette is going to be different from an SUV or pickup truck for practicality and versatility, but it does check every box and then some for a two-seat mid-engine sports car. While it would be wrong to suggest the Corvette Stingray is cheap, it starts to look that way when you compare it to just about anything else in its class for style and performance. It’s impossible to ignore obvious comparisons with rival cars from Italian automakers, but the Corvette delivers supercar looks and performance for a fraction of the price of its European competitors. The classic mid-engine design provides sensational balance on twisty roads or at the racetrack, and it’s plenty comfortable enough to be a daily driver.
Sports cars with the performance required for a thrilling experience at the track are often highly-strung, high-maintenance affairs. But while the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette can provide all the power and performance you could ask for at the track, its firm but comfortable ride is easy to live with on a daily basis. Even the least potent versions of the Corvette pack a serious punch with a standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine that puts out 490 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque.
If that’s not enough for you, adding the available Z51 Performance Package raises the output to an even more impressive 495 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. That will get the Corvette from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, and the top speed of 194 mph means the quarter-mile gets covered in 11.2 seconds. While you can have a coupe or convertible version of the 2023 Corvette, no manual transmission option is available. However, the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that sends the power exclusively to the rear wheels does offer steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters that allow the driver to select gears.
The 2023 Corvette Stingray is available in three very generously-equipped trim levels, which are 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. All three feature the same engine, and you can add the Z51 Performance Package to all three models. The interior is very well put together, with high-quality materials throughout. Even the most affordable models come with standard eight-way power-adjustable seats, leather upholstery, a 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, remote start, LED headlights, and 19inch alloy wheels up front and 20-inch alloys in the rear.
However, 2023 also sees the return of the Z06 for those who want even more power and performance than the Stingray offers. The Z06 is also available in three grades, which are 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ. A Z07 Performance Package is also available, adding a performance suspension, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, and Michelin Pilot Cup 2R ZP tires. And if you want the ultimate Corvette Z06, you can also opt for the Carbon Aero Package that adds a carbon-fiber splitter, rockers, dive planes, and spoiler.
The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette is a staggering car for many reasons. It makes some big promises with its stunning coupe or convertible styling, and the performance more than delivers on those promises. Come and see for yourself today with a test drive from Preston Hood Chevrolet at 212 Hollywood Blvd SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL, or call us at 850-664-7000 for more information and to book an appointment for a time that’s suitable for you.