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First Drive: 2015 Corvette Z06

World-class performance, unexpectedly affordable price.

by on Jan.07, 2015

Chevy is offering the Z06 in coupe and convertible configurations, with stick and auto transmissions.

It’s an unusually chilly morning out in the Nevada desert, and as we buckle our helmets, strap on our seatbelts and make a few final adjustments, we get a last-minute warning: the track is chill and the pavement cold. It might get a little slippery if we go balls-to-the-wall on the first couple laps.

But it doesn’t take long to throw caution to the wind as we shoot through the corners and back out onto the front straight at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, an hour outside Las Vegas. With a neck-snapping 650-horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque bursting out from under its hood, the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is not only one of the fastest cars you can find, it’s also one of the most forgiving.


It’s the sort of sports car that makes an average driver feel like a hero, and a serious performance enthusiast push further than they might ever have thought possible. What’s all the more impressive is that it comes at a price tag that Euro-snobs might snicker at, less than $80,000 to start with – nudging up to around $110,000 for an absolutely fully loaded Z07 version.


60th Anniversary 427 Corvette Ready to Roll

Raw power, sophisticated handling.

by on Jul.19, 2012

The 2013 Chevrolet 427 Corvette is the fastest and most powerful 'Vette convertible ever built.

While the all-new C7 Corvette is still a ways off into the future, Chevrolet and parent General Motors are getting set to celebrate a big anniversary for “America’s sports car.”

They’re getting set to mark the 60th anniversary by rolling out the most powerful Corvette convertible ever built. The 2013 427 Corvette ragtop makes use of some of the best parts of the “Vette Z06 and ZR1 supercars—notably including the Z06’s 505-horsepower 7.0-liter V-8 and the aerodynamic refinements of the ZR1.

The 2013 427 Corvette retains the wedge shape of the current generation of Corvettes. But instead of lifting an aluminum frame used in those racing-oriented models, GM engineers beefed up the stiffer steel frame utilized in recent configurations of the Corvette convertible. GM minimized the weight gain by adapting carbon-fiber fenders and a carbon-fiber floor pan.

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The result is a car that, from a design and engineering perspective, carries forward some of the very latest and very best bits of Corvette’s unique heritage – while developing a unique character all of its own capable of carrying the ‘Vette flag during the sports car’s anniversary year.


GM Bringing “Completely Different” Corvette to Market in 2013

Maker investing $131 million to prepare plant for launch.

by on May.05, 2011

The Grand Sport is the latest variant of the C6 Corvette .

General Motors has confirmed the next generation Corvette will roll out in about two years – and the maker’s top North American executive hints it will be “completely different” from the look of the current 2-seat sports car, which has undergone mostly evolutionary changes during its nearly six-decade history.

GM will invest $131 million in the Bowling Green Assembly plant to support production of the next generation Chevy sports car, adding about 250 jobs in the process.

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“This is a significant day for anyone who believes that America should build world-class, high-performance products,” said Mark Reuss, GM North America president. “Corvette has no domestic peer for performance and pedigree and stands alongside the world’s best supercars with almost 60 years of continuous heritage,” he added.