Chevrolet Corvette Overview

Chevy Corvette reviewed

With over 60 years of innovative engineering and outstanding performance, the Chevrolet Corvette truly deserves a standing ovation. The Chevrolet Corvette is produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors and consists of seven generations. Each Corvette generation has represented a marked change in style, features and design. The first-generation Corvette was introduced in 1953 and was originally designed as a show car for the Motorama display during the New York Auto Show. It generated so much interest by the public that GM decided to make a production version of their show car. In order to keep the costs down they used the same chassis and suspension as the 1952 Chevy sedan. The second-generation Corvette, 1963 through 1967, was by far the shortest. During this time the Sting Ray model was introduced. It was much smaller than the first-generation but carried the same fiberglass body. The third-generation, 1968 through 1982, was the longest Corvette production. C3 coupes featured the first use of the "T-Top" removable roof panel. Engine and chassis mechanisms were identical to the C2 generation. In 1984 the fourth-generation C4 Corvette made its debut. This was the first time the Corvette obtained a redesign since the year 1963. A slightly more powerful V8 engine was added along with a lightweight aluminum suspension and a new chassis which featured aluminum brake calipers. Criticisms about the C4 design lead GM to improve numerous aspects of the C5 fifth-generation Corvette. Improved rigidity, suspension and design made the C5 Corvette much quicker than the C4 model. The sixth-generation Corvette hit dealerships in 2005 and retired in 2013. The C6 retained the same front engine and rear transmission design as the C5. A longer wheelbase, exposed headlamps and a new 6.0 liter engine were added to the C6 design. Most current is the seventh-generation; it was developed in 2007 and released as the 2014 model year. The 2010, 2011 and 2012 models are all part of the sixth-generation. Corvette model choices for the sixth-generation include convertible, coupe, ZR1 or Z06.


2012 Chevrolet Corvette:

2012 Chevy Corvette

The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is part of the sixth generation Corvette lineup, offering impressive performance and efficiency capabilities. Chevrolet made only a few minor changes to the 2012 Corvette lineup. The interior seating has been completely redesigned and a new steering wheel has been added. Also new to the interior is an impressive nine-speaker Bose sound system. Performance Traction Management is now available on the Z06 Corvette. The 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition package is available on all Corvette models and was created in commemoration of Chevrolet's 100th anniversary. The 2012 Chevy Corvette is available in both coupe and convertible body styles for both the base and GS. Trim level packages start at 1LT, progressing to the 2LT, 3LT and 4LT sub-trims. The high-performance models (Z06 and ZR1) are only available in the coupe body style and break down into their own categories. Standard features on the Corvette 1LT are silver painted alloy wheels, limited-slip differential, xenon headlights, heated seating, heated mirrors, auto dimming mirrors, keyless ignition, keyless entry, leather upholstery, OnStar and a seven-speaker sound system which includes satellite radio, CD player and auxiliary port. Next is the Corvette 2LT trim which added a touchscreen navigation system, Bluetooth and a nine-speaker sound system with an iPod and USB interface. The 3LT package is enhanced with amenities such as heated seating, memory seating, adjustable bolsters and telescope steering. Faux-suede upholstery and a luxurious leather trim have been added to the 4LT model. Mechanical aspects such as stiff springs, stabilizer bars, dampers, cross-drilled breaks and special wheels have been appended to the Grand Sport model. Both the base and GS Corvette models are supplemented with options such as a removable roof panel, dual exhaust and convertible wind deflectors. In terms of the trim level, the Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition is available in your choice of 3LT or 4LT. Sub-trim level options for the Z06 model include: 1LZ, 2LZ and 3LZ. This model is affixed with a larger V8 engine and comes with the same suspension and break system as the Grand Sport. Sub-trims for the Z06 model are nearly identical to their "LT" counterparts. The Corvette ZR1 adjoined a supercharged V8 engine, carbon-ceramic disk brakes, unique suspension, Performance Traction Management, carbon-fiber body panels and clear hood that shows off the high-performance engine. Equipment used in the ZR1 and ZR2 is similar to the equipment used in the 1LZ and 2LZ trims. In terms of power and value, the Chevrolet Corvette gives you more bang for your buck thanks to it supercar performance and practicality.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette:

2011 Chevy Corvette

The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette delivers supercar performance at a price unmatched by tits competition. The base model is an especially good deal with a price tag approaching that of a mid-sized sedan. Thanks to a program known as the "Corvette Engine Build Experience," Z06 and ZR1 Corvette buyers had the opportunity to assist in the build of their engine. Participants traveled to the Wixom, Michigan Performance Build Center where they helped build the V8 engine. New to the 2011 model is the Ultimate Performance Package, incorporating the ZR1s wheel and tire fitment. Also new for 2011 is the Carbon Fiber Package. This package adds lightweight body features to the Z06 model. When it comes to the body style, there are two options: coupe or convertible. Available trim-levels include the base 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 4LT, GS, Z06 and the ZR1. Standard features on the 1LT include OnStar, remote ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, power accessories, 18-inch front wheels, 19-inch rear wheels and a seven-speaker audio system with CD/MP3 player, satellite radio and auxiliary port. Next on our trim-level list is the 2LT model which features Bluetooth, leather upholstery, sport seats, adjustable support and supportive side bolsters. A power operated convertible top is added to the 2LT model. Equipment added to the 3LT package includes heated seating, memory settings, "heads-up" display and a Bose audio sound system. Last is the 4LT package, which is almost identical to the 3LT package, the only added difference is the high-class two-tone leather interior. The Corvette GS has the same four-trim levels as mentioned above and is offered in two different body styles:  coupe or convertible. In addition, the GS model comes with alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, front fender vents, wider front/rear fenders, front splitter, top of the line breaks and manual-transmission gear ratios. A speedy 7.0-liter V8 engine beefs up the coupe-only Z06 model which in terms of features, is very similar to the GS model. Last on the list is the supercharged V8 ZR1 Corvette model. Large wheels, special tires, carbon-ceramic brakes, adaptive dampers and lightweight body panels are included to the ZR1 design.


2010 Chevrolet Corvette:

2010 Chevy Corvette

Driving is believing when it comes to the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette. This American icon delivers impressive performance and plenty of speed. The 2010 year model is part of the sixth-generation Corvette lineup which was introduced as a 2005 model. It has a low and sleek body design that maximizes aerodynamic design. Functional elements such as its shaped fenders, sculpted lines and sharp creases define the aesthetics of the Corvette, while also increasing performance. The Grand Sport returned to the Corvette lineup in 2010 as an entirely new model series, replacing the Z51 option.  This two-seater is available in two different coupe options as well as a convertible. Trim levels offered for the 2010 Chevy Corvette include the base 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 4LT, Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1 packages. Standard features found in both the coupe and convertible 1LS include 18-inch wheels, 19-inch rears, xenon headlights, keyless ignition, OnStar, leather seating, automatic climate controls and a seven-speaker sound system, with CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, auxiliary port and steering wheel stereo controls. Added to the 2LT coupe package is Bluetooth, perforated leather upholstery and side bolsters. The 2LT convertible package comes with those features plus a power-operated sliding rooftop. Even more equipment is added to the 3LT model, including heated seats, memory settings, "head-up" display, telescope steering and a Bose audio sound system. Similar to the 3LT is the top-level 4LT which additionally supplements a two-tone leather interior. Features that can only be found the GS model include a sport turned suspension, front fender stripes, wide fenders, alloy wheels, specific gear ratios and a tall rear spoiler. It comes in two body styles: coupe or convertible. Both the GS coupe and convertible are offered in the 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim-levels that were mentioned above. The Z06 model is obtainable in the coupe body style only and is very comparable to GS models. This coupe comes with a prevailing 7.0-liter V8 engine, powerful rear fenders, stiff suspension, cashmere interior and a light body frame. The ZR1 Corvette has a supercharged V8 engine that's paired with a carbon-fiber hood and a polycarbonate window to show off the muscular engine. Top of the line features found only in the ZR1 Corvette include carbon-ceramic breaks, 19-inch front wheels, 20-inch rear wheels, lightweight body panels and a carbon-fiber hood with a window that reveals the engine.