2011 Chevrolet Corvette
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Overview
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Review
(4 Stars) The all-American sports car
Reviewed by Internet Auto Guide
This is the seventh year for the C6 and the 58th year for the Corvette model. With its body design tightened in the last couple of generations, the Corvette now is about the same length as a Porsche 911, its ideological opposite and at the same time, its closest competitor.
While the small block V-8-powered Corvette always has been about acceleration and top speed foremost, handling has improved significantly in the last two generations.
And Chevrolet has taken a page from Porsche's 911 marketing playbook by extending the Corvette range with more variations. First up was the LS7-powered Z06, which was the ultimate performance Vette until Chevy unleashed the 638-horsepower LS9 ZR1 for '09.
Last year, Chevy added the Grand Sport, a base LS3-powered Corvette with a wider track and performance suspension, accounting for half of coupe and 70 percent of convertible sales.
While GM's finances have put an all-new C7 on the back burner, its loyal and rabid following assures the Corvette will be viable for years to come.
- Bodystyles: Coupe, targa-roof coupe, convertible.
- Engines: 6.2L V-8, 7.0L V-8, 6.2L supercharged V-8.
- Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic.
- Models: Base, Grand Sport, Z06, ZR1.
A new wheel design and larger cross-drilled brake rotors are available on the base and Grand Sport models. Magnetic Ride Control becomes available on Grand Sport. The automatic now allows paddle use to override the gear selection in "Drive." New options are contrasting-color headlamps and interior custom color stitching. A USB port and input jack are included with the navigation radio.
The new Z06 Carbon limited-edition model comes with a raised carbon fiber hood, black carbon fiber splitter and rocker panels, black wheels, mirrors and headlamps and a leather and suede interior with body color stitching.
Recently added upgrades, like the custom color stitching option and the Z06 Carbon's interior trim reflects Chevrolet's attempt to quell criticism that the Corvette's interior quality isn't quite up to the rest of the car.
Performance & Handling
How about a 3.3-second 0 to 60 mph, and an 11.2-second quarter-mile at 130.5 mph? How about 1.1g of lateral grip? Those are ZR1 numbers, of course, but the halo of that $100,000 Chevrolet shines brightly on the more modest LS3- and LS7-powered models, too. Handling has improved with the C6. There's now better balance to go with the grip.
Anti-lock brakes and front and side airbags, with a front passenger sensing system are standard across the line. Active handling system with stability control is standard. Optional Magnetic Ride Control includes larger cross-drilled brake rotors.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Corvette/Grand Sport, 6.2L V-8, 6-speed manual: 16/26
- Corvette/Grand Sport, 6.2L V-8, 6-speed automatic: 15/25
- Z06, 7.0L V-8, six-speed manual: 15/24
- ZR1, 6.2L supercharged V-8, 6-speed manual: 14/20
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