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A red 2022 Chevy Corvette Stingray is shown from the rear on a track.

A True Performer: The 2022 Corvette

One of the most instantly-recognizable names on the market, the Corvette continues to prove itself year after year, and the 2022 Chevy Corvette Stingray is here to top them all. There are functional vehicles that you might use for your commute to and from work, there are work vehicles that you might use for hauling your stuff around, but then there are vehicles that you drive simply to enjoy the beauty and the thrill of stellar automotive production. The last one is where the Corvette finds its stride. You may be lured by the exterior beauty of the Corvette (and understandably so), but the exterior does not even scratch the surface of what this vehicle is capable of.

A Mid-Engine Masterpiece

At the end of the day, the Corvette really is all about performance, which is why it’s important to analyze this face of the vehicle first. The performance specs on the 2022 Corvette are sure to wow you, and we’ll get there, but it’s important to understand that the Corvette’s performance capability does not begin with specs; it begins with architecture.

While it is now commonplace for the engine to reside at the very front of the vehicle under the hood, optimal performance comes from breaking the mold and re-imagining standards. That is why the C8 Corvette adopted a supercar-like mid-engine architecture. In the fixed-top coupe, you’ll even be able to see the engine through the rear hatch window. Think about how important the rear wheels are to achieving high performance and how detrimental it can be when all the power is coming from the front and has to be shipped all the way to the rear.

While the terminology is “mid-engine,” the engine is not literally at the center of the vehicle, as that would seriously disrupt the driver’s experience. Instead, the engine is placed closer to the rear of the vehicle, meaning that the 2022 Corvette inverts the traditional vehicle architecture by putting more weight in the back of the vehicle. For those of you who are not car buffs, this is actually a significant asset to the Corvette, and the vehicle improves traction by putting more weight on the driven wheels. Balance is highly important, especially in a performance vehicle that reaches the heights of the Corvette, so the vehicle is built to balance itself out at every turn. But, a mid-engine design is no good if it doesn’t have the right engine at its center.

A close up of the engine in a 2022 Chevy Corvette is shown.

The Engine

The engine is the heart of the vehicle, which is why the 2022 Corvette has developed something truly innovative. With the 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine at its heart, paired with 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, the vehicle is able to offer up to 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Those are numbers you just don’t find on other vehicles, and for those of you who need that translated into more practical terminology, the 2022 Corvette has a top track speed of 194 mph. You’ll definitely want to get your 2022 Corvette to the track to experience all that it has to offer.

You’ll be able to reach those speeds pretty quickly, too, seeing as the Corvette is able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds. That is almost impossibly good, exceeding even many electric vehicles, which are known for their stellar acceleration. Because of its high rate of acceleration, you’ll be able to travel a quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds in your 2022 Corvette. If you’ve got somewhere to be, you’ll be able to get there without a problem.

The Mechanics

As exciting as the performance specs are, let’s not breeze past the 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. This innovative system provides you with non-stop performance since there is no deceleration between shifts. For those of you who have been driving manuals for years, you’ll be driving in a completely different league. For those of you who have been driving automatic all these years, you may want to borrow a friend’s stick-shift vehicle in order to truly appreciate this dual-clutch transmission.

An available technology that offers you the opportunity to take your Corvette experience to the next level is Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0. As cool as it sounds, you may have no idea what that means, which is why I’m about to explain it. This is an innovative damping system that reads the road every millisecond. Every millisecond. In other words, this Magnetic Selective Ride Control system is always monitoring the road, and because of this, it is able to adapt in a literal blink of an eye.

“Alright, cool. But, why is it watching, and what is it adapting to?” Ah, an excellent question. This magnetic system uses a suspension fluid that includes metal particles able to align and form a rigid whole within moments. Sounds like the future? It’s now. It’s real. “That’s neat, but what does that mean for me, the driver?” Another excellent question! Because the Corvette is a racing vehicle, having the ability to oscillate between rigidity and flexibility means that the vehicle quickly adapts to perform at its highest possible ability as you give the vehicle input, without even feeling like the car is doing anything. Having this Magnetic system that allows the vehicle’s suspension fluid to become rigid at a moment’s notice means that you can push your Corvette to its limits while staying firmly set on the track, ensuring that your ride is both safe and enjoyable.

A close up of the interior of 2022 Chevy Corvette shows the steering wheel and center console.

Form = Function

I think it goes without saying that to call the Corvette a “nice-looking car” is a huge understatement. While the performance capabilities are probably the biggest draw to the vehicle, its design features, especially its exterior, certainly play a part in the vehicle’s popularity. But, what makes the Corvette such a great and effective vehicle is that its stylish design features are not cheap tricks to draw drivers into an ineffective driving experience. On the contrary, what may appear to the eye to be a mere design choice is often part of the vehicle’s mechanical architecture and functionality.

Looking at the 2022 Corvette head-on, you see a bold, sharp, and distinctly-designed vehicle with the signature double-flag logo. The vehicle’s trim yet hearty grille gives the vehicle a welcoming smirk while also providing it with dual intakes, meaning that the vehicle takes in more-than-average air to increase its cooling capabilities. You’re going to need it when you’re cruising at 194 mph on the track. There is a lot to be said about the Corvette’s design features, and its design always serves to help the vehicle perform better.

A True Performer

There are a lot of nice-looking cars out there. Heck, there are even a lot of amazing-looking cars out there, and the Corvette is one of them. But, as we all know, some cars hide behind their own prettiness and can’t actually hold their own when it comes to performance. The Corvette, while being a leader in fashionable design, is also a leader in performance––and not just in specs, but in vehicle architecture and mechanical engineering; you can’t reach the Corvette’s kind of specs without having the foundation to back it up. If you’re looking to take your whole driving experience to the next level, then the 2022 Chevy Corvette just may be for you.