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It has the Automobile of the Year title according to Automobile Magazine (2013) and the Car of the Year award according to Motor Trend (1984, 1998); it was on the 1960s Top Sports Cars list by Sports Car International; it’s acknowledged to be the 2014 North American Car of the Year and the Most Coveted Vehicle of 2006; Society of Automotive Engineers called its 1999 model the best engineered car of the 20th century.
The Chevrolet Corvette is an icon among existing sports cars. Its silhouette is impossible to confuse with any other car’s. It has been challenging an automotive industry as well as human capabilities since 1953 being one of the cars with the longest histories in the world.
Made in Kentucky, U.S., the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette represents the car’s 7th generation. It’s produced in 2 body styles – convertible and coupe. The sports car comes in two trims: the Stingray ($56,500) and Z06 ($80,500).
One deplorable fact urged the manufacturer to launch a new, considerably upgraded generation of the legendary Vette. Their plan was to make it more appealing to young people as long as surveys showed that among its buyers, there were nearly 50 per cent of those who were 55 and older (compare to the Porsche 911 and Audi R8: 30 and 22 per cent respectively).
The design features the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette exploits can hardly be called brand-new. All of them are well known from the previously produced models although they are significantly modernized. You can paint your Vette in Crystal Red, Corvette Racing Yellow, Velocity Yellow, and Long Beach Red Metallic.
The car’s exterior corresponds with its driving capabilities and dynamic character. Its aerodynamic shape together with aerodynamic-enhancing components makes it clear it’s a sports car while all other details tell us it’s a luxury vehicle.
The Chevrolet Corvette’s stance is low and wide. Its appearance is made of precise, sharp lines that make it look somewhat aggressive but sublime and sexy. Even viewing it standing still, you assume it must be prodigiously fast. The exterior alone gives such an impression.
The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette’s instrument panel as well as the bonnet is made of carbon fibre. The first one together with the centre console contains logically arranged controls and dials, which are easy and even intuitive to operate. Besides, it gives an impression it belongs to a vehicle from a much more expensive segment. Apart from carbon fibre, the cabin is trimmed with leather, suede, and aluminium even in places that are out of a driver and passenger’s reach.
The Chevrolet Corvette is available with the Twilight Blue, Spice Red, and Jet Black Suede interior packages that come with a number of special exterior features. Yes, the car’s cabin really looks stylish and up-to-the-minute yet not like something from the distant future.
The Chevrolet Corvette provides its driver and passenger with plenty of leg, head, and hip room so that people of different heights and body types don’t feel cramped on the ride in comfortable and supportive seats.
It isn’t a problem for a driver to find a perfect driving position in the Corvette as long as the car offers a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. On the models with a manual gearbox, a shifter is easily accessible in any seat position a driver uses.
As for noise from the road, you shouldn’t worry about it. It’s well muffled by a wind blocker. Also, you shouldn’t worry about luggage space available. It’s quite adequate both in the coupe and convertible (15 and 10 cu ft respectively).
Powertrain & Fuel Economy
The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette is a rear-wheel-drive car that offers a 7-speed manual transmission as standard and an 8-speed automatic one with paddle shifters as optional.
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-litre V8 engine that generates 455 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque (an available performance exhaust option lets it make 460 hp and 465 lb/ft of torque).
If it comes with a manual gearbox, it speeds up to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and returns 17 mpg city and 29 mpg hwy. An automatic one allows for accelerating to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and covering 16 mpg city and 29 mpg hwy.
The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 comes also with a 6.2-litre V8 engine more powerful, though: it produces 650 hp and the same rate of torque. Such figures make it the fastest engine GM has ever made. Just think: it accelerates the car equipped with a manual gearbox to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds while with an automatic one, such a speed is reached in breathtaking 2.95 seconds! The EPA estimated a manual-transmission model at 15 mpg city/22 mpg hwy and an automatic-transmission one at 13 mpg city/23 mpg hwy.
The manufacturer offers a decent list of standard features coming with the model. For those striving for more, there’s not shorter list of optional equipment, too.
Among standard equipment on the Chevrolet Corvette, you can find a rear-view camera, push-button ignition, and keyless entry. Inside, there are a 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8.0-inch colour touchscreen, USB/Bluetooth connectivity, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio as well as dual-zone automatic climate and cruise controls.
You can additionally order a steering wheel wrapped in sueded microfiber, 8-way power-adjustable sports seats with memory, SiriusXM with HD Radio, satellite navigation, etc. The Z07 and Z51 packages offer performance-oriented features chiefly.
As long as the Chevrolet Corvette is a luxury sports model of small-scale production, it isn’t likely to be ever tested by the NHSTA, IIHS, or any other vehicle safety body. Considering a wide range of active and passive safety features it offers, one can conclude the car is fully prepared to prevent an accident and protect its passengers in the event of an accident.
Apart from exploiting a sturdy aluminium framework, the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette provides front and side airbags both for a driver and passenger, steering wheel-mounted controls, daytime running lights, rear-view camera, head-up display, MyLink, and OnStar (for a 6-month period).
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