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The EPA Will Adjust Fuel Economy Averages Based On An Overall Sales Mix, And The Z51 Package Is Popular

2022 C8 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition LT2 V8
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The 2022 Corvette Stingray has received updated fuel economy figures with 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined, which is one mpg higher in the city but three less on the highway. And it’s all based on the sales mix of the Z51 package.

With nearly 70 percent of customers opting the for the $5,995 Z51 package on their 2021 Corvette Stingray, the EPA estimated fuel economy. The EPA has recently required automakers to certify a car’s fuel economy based on the volume, and thus the dip.

2022 Corvette Stingray 3LT IMSA GTLM Championship Edition
Image copyright Mattheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

2022 Corvette Fuel Economy: The Details

“The EPA fuel economy numbers are based on which package is most popular. For 2021, Corvette Stingrays equipped with Z51 accounted for nearly 70 percent of Corvettes sold because our customers are looking for the highest level of performance,” Chevrolet representatives said to us in an email. “Due to success of the Z51 package, we will be reporting model year 2022 EPA fuel economy numbers based on the Z51-equipped Corvette Stingray’s results – 16 city, 24 highway and 19 combined.”

Not bad for a 495 horsepower sports car, honestly. And when have you ever heard of somebody buying a C8 Corvette because of its sensible fuel economy? Almost never. However, despite the dings in overall mileage, city fuel economy did improve for 2022.

“The 2022 Corvette Stingray shows a one mpg gain in the city even with Z51 included because all 2022 Corvettes feature an upgraded direct injection fuel system, improved engine calibration, and an enhanced Active Fuel Management range,” Chevrolet said.

Even if customers order their 2022 Corvette without the Z51 package, the fuel economy rating posted on their order’s Monroney label will still reflect numbers as if it were so. We’re not sure this makes a lot of sense.

2022 Corvette Stingray In Production

The base price for the 2022 Corvette Stingray Coupe is now $62,195, while the 2LT costs $69,495, and the loaded 3LT starts at $74,145. 2022 Corvette Stingray Convertible models will be more expensive as they add $7,500 to the price, which is the same amount as last year. The 1LT Convertible starts at 69,695, the 2LT Convertible is $76,459 and the top tier 3LT Convertible trim begins at $81,145. The configurator can top C8 Corvette Stingrays beyond $100,000 USD.

Pricing for the 2022 Corvette Stingray Z51 Performance Package continues has been adjusted to $6,345 as opposed to the $5,995 it was previously. In addition, the E60 Front Lift is now $860 more at $1,400. There are also three new exterior colors for the Corvette, two of them available at no additional cost. Hypersonic Gray and Caffeine Metallic are on the house, but the new Amplify Orange color will add $995 to the price.

The 2022 Corvette also introduces the limited-run IMSA GTLM Championship Edition, which is on display at the inaugural Motor Bella festival in Pontiac, Michigan.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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