We have just entered a New Year and just in time, Chevrolet updated their latest Corvette. The 2011 Corvette comes in three unique styles of coupe, convertible and a hardtop convertible. The Corvette has been manufactured since 1952 and is an integral part of American automobile history. In comparison to some of its rivals it is often regarded as being the best value for money on everything from performance through to styling and comfort.
Getting down to the nitty gritty of the car and the first thing that most of us wish to know in this current economic climate is how much it is going to cost! Many are surprised to find out that a purchase of the standard coupe model it is possible to get change from $50,000; albeit not a lot.
The convertible, Grand Sport and Grand Sport Convertible range in price from $53,600 through to $58,600 for the starting models but step up another class and you will quickly see the money going up! A Z06 will set you back $74,305 while the ZR1 breaks the barrier at $111,100. There is a big difference in the prices throughout the range but they are all very different cars.
The one thing all these cars have in common is the launch control selector for the car which will be needed if you plan to put your foot down. The basic model will hit 62mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 190mph; all tested on the track with restrictions like you find on German imports. The Grand Sport Convertible has ride control to aid the stabilization of the car and being a soft top it craves the extra support so it can be driven like a full bodied car.
The ZR1 has a hefty price tag but many feel the price is justified. It is fitted with a 6.2-liter V8 block made from aluminum to keep the weight down and propels the driver from 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds. The fuel consumption is not great at 20mpg on the highway but if you want an economical car then you should buy a Prius!
The exterior of the car boasts the recognizable long angled hood that looks similar to a slide from your childhood. Alloy wheels come as standard as they do with most cars these days but Brembo have supplied the stopping power with a carbon-ceramic brakes capable of still halting the car at 1,000°C. An excellent sound system is in place from Bose so that you can enjoy the XM satellite radio but that is not all you get to play with. The New Year brings with it a host of new gadgets and you can use either the navigation system or take live directions from OnStar.
The Corvette for 2011 looks set to be an extremely popular machine so if you need one you better get your skates on down to a dealer…