Pricing: $55,495 (Stingray Coupe), $59,495 (Stingray Convertible), $65,495 (Grand Sport Coupe), $69,495 (Grand Sport Convertible), $79,495 (Z06 Coupe), $83,495 (Z06 Convertible)
- Stingray – LT1 6.2L V8 VVT with direct injection and Active Fuel Management – Horsepower 455 @ 6000 rpm, Torque 460 @ 4600 rpm
- Grand Sport – LT1 6.2L V-VVT with direct injection and Active Fuel Management – Horsepower 460 @ 6000 rpm, Torque 465 @ 4600 rpm
- Z06 – LT4 6.2L Supercharged V8 with direct injection and Active Fuel Management – Horsepower 650 @ 6400 rpm, Torque 650 @ 3600 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed manual with Active Rev Match, 8-speed paddle-shift automatic
Units produced: 9,686
Available colors: Arctic White, Black, Torch Red, Watkins Glen Gray, Ceramic Matrix Gray, Admiral Blue, Long Beach Red, Blade Silver, Corvette Racing Yellow, Black Rose, Sebring Orange
Corvette Carbon 65 Edition celebrates the 65th anniversary of the Corvette offered on 2018 Grand Sport 3LT and Z06 3LZ models.
Limited to only 650 numbered vehicles globally, the distinctive Carbon 65 blends visible carbon-fiber exterior elements — notably, a new carbon-fiber rear spoiler and quarter ducts — with a new Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior color and special interior appointments, including a new carbon-fiber-rimmed steering wheel.
The Carbon 65 Edition package (order code Z30) will include:
- Available on Grand Sport 3LT and Z06 3LZ trims
- Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior (blue top on Convertibles)
- Unique fender stripes and door graphics
- Black wheels with machined grooves paired with summer-only tires* (Cup-style wheels for Grand Sport and Blade-style wheels for Z06)
- Blue brake calipers
- Visible carbon-fiber ground effects, hood section and roof (Coupe models) or tonneau inserts (Convertible models)
- New visible carbon-fiber spoiler (all models) and quarter intake ducts (Coupe)
- Center caps with Carbon logo
- Carbon Flash badges and outside mirrors
- Jet Black suede-wrapped interior with blue stitching
- Carbon-fiber steering wheel rim and gloss carbon-fiber interior trim
- Competition Sport seats
- Carbon 65 Edition sill plates
- The Corvette Carbon 65 Edition package will cost $15,000 and will be available this summer, along with the rest of the 2018 Corvette lineup.
Highlights of This Year:
- New standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels paired with summer-only tires*. Derived from the Z51 package, they replace the previous 18-inch/19-inch standard wheels.
- Five new wheel options, including Torque and Motorsport designs, are paired with summer-only tires*.
- Magnetic Ride Control is offered as a stand-alone option.
- Revised interior color breakup on 2LT trim.
2018 Corvette Grand Sport
- Ceramic brakes are offered without the Z07 Performance Package.
- Satin black center stripe is available with the Heritage Package.
- Revised interior color breakup on 2LT trim.
2018 Corvette Z06
- Two new wheel choices are Black Z06 wheel with yellow stripe and Pearl Nickel Blade design (paired with summer-only tires*).
- Gray interior available.
All 2018 models
- HD digital radio is standard.
- Available Performance Data Recorder — Cosworth Toolbox offers four additional data channels: individual wheel speeds, individual suspension displacements, yaw rate and intake and ambient air temperatures.
- Improved rear-view camera image features higher resolution and wider angle.
- Enhanced Head-Up Display rotation setting.
- Ceramic Matrix Gray replaces Sterling Blue in the exterior color palette.
- Spice Red convertible top.
- Spice Red interior offered on 3LT and 3LZ trims.
- Jet black suede-wrapped interior includes carbon-fiber-rimmed steering wheel and gloss carbon-fiber interior trim.
- New interior color stitching packages (red/yellow/blue) offered on 3LT and 3LZ trims.
Photos of the 2018 Corvette:
Final production statistics
In what was one of the shortest model years, a total of 9,686 Corvettes were produced. Production started June 5, 2017 and ends January 28, 2018. The plant was down for three months, making the 2018 model year approximately 5 months.
Here’s how the options panned out:
- 39.3% Stingrays; 31.8% Grand Sport; 28.9% Z06
- 17.5% of Corvettes built were convertibles
- Automatic transmissions outsold manuals once again at 78%.
- The 1LT package was most popular for Stingray Coupes, while the 2LT was the top pick for Stingray Convertibles and Grand Sports. The 3LZ was again the most popular for Z06 models.
- Almost 30% of Z06s opted for the Z07 performance package.
- Arctic White once again topped the list as most popular color, and for the first time in several years – when you add the two ‘reds’ together, they don’t beat out white (just barely though)!
- Here’s how the percentages panned out, in order of popularity:
- Arctic White – 20.3%
- Black – 16.3%
- Torch Red – 14%
- Watkins Glen Gray – 11.5%
- Ceramic Matrix Gray – 11.3%
- Admiral Blue – 7.3%
- Long Beach Red – 6.2%
- Blade Silver – 5.9%
- Corvette Racing Yellow – 4.1%
- Black Rose – 2.3%
- Sebring Orange – .8%
- Deliveries of Corvettes were 89% U.S., 6% Canada; 3.5% Europe; and the remaining 1.5% to Mexico, Japan and the Mideast. The Museum delivered 88 Corvettes through the R8C Delivery program.
David Harned // Editor