As is Chevrolet’s recent theme, this Corvette has two seats and a boot that lies beneath a large hatch. And, as is a continued theme, the perceived quality and fit and finish have been improved, but only to a point that now feels half a decade or so behind that of Europe’s best.
Chevrolet reckons the interior design is jet fighter cockpit-inspired. That may well be a notion we put to bed, but there’s no denying things are focused towards the driver, who gets a fairly pleasing view.
There are clear dials, with an analogue speedo and fuel gauge flanking a digital display that’s configurable to show, at various sizes, the revcounter, a digital speed readout, navigation information, performance or trip computer readings. Some of that is replicated again in the standard, configurable head-up display.
That leaves the centre console’s touchscreen to deal with the entertainment and navigation. It’s controlled by both a knob and a few buttons beneath it, and by touch response on the screen itself. It’s one of the less intuitive systems we’ve used, but there’s no faulting the number of facilities it accommodates.
We had no problem pairing phones with it, but the graphical quality is average. Audio is good, though, and while the nav menus take some working out, the suggested routes are sensible and redirect quickly if you stray off them.
On the rather large transmission tunnel – where most of the chassis’ rigidity comes from – there’s a dial and push-switch combination that deals only with the modes for the suspension and transmission.