Chevrolet Corvette (Chevy) Photos, Specs, Prices, Reviews, – MotorAuthority

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it comes to iconic American cars, few are as beloved as the Chevrolet , currently available in either or convertible form, in models the Z06 to the 427 anniversary edition to the ferocious Its V-8 engines range from 430 in base models to 638 horsepower in the ZR1.

Through six generations of the Chevrolet has stayed true to its formula as a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive with two seats, while a fiberglass body to save and improve performance. A new, generation of the Chevy Corvette is set to in January of 2013, with beginning later in the year.

in 1953, the Corvette has evolved its original concept of a personal roadster (powered by an in-line engine) to become a sports car for all embraced by both those who their cars and those who exceed the posted speed Through six decades of production, the has come to symbolize the highest of performance for the lowest possible Domestic competitors are few, limited to the SRT Viper, though competition includes everything the Nissan 370Z through the 911.

Few, however, can rival the performance-for-the-dollar ratio, as base are priced between $48,000 and Stepping up to the better-handling Grand will run you between $58,000 and while the track-focused Z06 versions are between $75,000 and $82,000. the range-topping ZR1 is priced from

While the first Corvettes six-cylinder engines and live axles, by 1955 Chevrolet to see the Corvette’s potential as a sports car and the sixes with a pushrod V-8 Second-generation C2 “Sting Ray” introduced in 1963, brought them the independent rear and began a trend towards horsepower and larger engines. A engine (measuring 396 cubic first appeared in 1965, but in the legendary 427 cubic-inch V-8, now with powerful Corvettes, its debut.

While some still the C2 Corvettes to be the most appealing the Sting Ray body style was produced from 1963 1967; in 1968, Chevrolet the C3 body style, which soldier on for a remarkable 13 years being phased out in 1982. The C3 would carry the Corvette two separate gas crises and a push to automobile emissions, yet the car remained on with pushrod V-8 power.

In Chevrolet revealed the C4 Corvette as a model, and suddenly the car was back on the stage as a performance icon. of C4 production included the B2K Callaway (available through Chevy and the innovative ZR-1, which a performance nameplate from the The fifth-generation C5 Corvette followed in with an emphasis on improved quality and superior handling.

The track-centric Z06 model arrived in with its hand-built V-8 producing as as 405 horsepower.

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The current Chevy was launched in 2005, bringing it both a new styling direction and an suspension design. Even Corvettes boasted 400 horsepower at though that number has climbed to 430 horsepower from the 6.2-liter V-8, while the Z06 now produces 505 horsepower. If that’s not fast enough for your the ZR1 is back in the lineup, introduced in as a 2008 model.

Thanks to the addition of a supercharger, ZR1 crank out a truly impressive 638 from their 6.2-liter delivering supercar performance at prices.

Base Corvette use the aforementioned 6.2-liter V-8, at 430 horsepower, and come in either or Convertible variants with the choice of six-speed manual or automatic transaxle. Surprisingly, cars can deliver up to 26 mpg on the highway short-shifted and driven with

Opting for Grand Sport (also in Coupe or Convertible) get you an upgraded suspension, bigger and a dry-sump oil system on Coupe equipped with the six-speed transmission. Stepping up to the Z06 gets you a 7.0-liter V-8 rated at 505 horsepower, an frame and carbon fiber panels to reduce weight, and a that’s optimized for lap times ride comfort. If speed is thing, however, no Corvette can beat the ZR1, which massive horsepower, carbon brakes, visible carbon body panels and a surprisingly ride given its performance

A shuffling of performance and technology was the big news for the 2012 model which also saw new exterior choices.

A 427 Convertible Collector debuted in 2013, blending the 7.0-liter V-8 with the Corvette Sport Convertible chassis, and a Anniversary Package is an available for all 2013 Corvettes, including the 427 Collector Edition. Other carried on with few changes for the model year.

The big news, of is the debut of the 2014 C7 Corvette, set to place at the Detroit Auto in January of 2013. Chevy is extremely secretive of the car’s with spy shots showing the car in full camouflage. We do know the 2014 Corvette will from an all-new LT1 V-8 engine, at 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque 400 pound-feet of torque on tap at just rpm).

That’s good enough to get the car 0-60 mph in an estimated 4.0 seconds, direct injection and reduced friction should make the even more fuel-efficient the model it replaces.

Expect the Chevy Corvette to hit dealers by the of 2013.

For more information, specifications and pricing with see The Car Connection’s full review of the Chevrolet Corvette .

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