Monday, October 31, 2011
The Chevy Corvette
has always been the car for serious driving enthusiasts, not only in the United States, but around the world as well. The Corvette will run tire to tire with super cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, and the BMW M3.
2010 Chevy Corvette Performance Review
The base Corvette is equipped with a 6.2-liter, V8 engine, producing 430 hp, and 424 pound-feet of torque. The available dual-mode exhaust adds an additional 6hp and 4 lb-ft. All 2010 Chevy Corvettes feature a six-speed manual gearbox with launch control. This standard feature can be replaced by a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for the base, and GS models, at no cost to the consumer. The legendary acceleration of the Chevy Corvette is clocked at 4.5 seconds from 0-60 mph from a standstill. The ZO6 cuts this time down to 3.9 seconds while the ZR1 manages a slightly faster time with 3.8 seconds.
The estimated fuel economy for the Chevy Corvette base model, with the manual transmission, is 16 mpg/ city and 26 mpg/hwy, which translates into a combined 19 mpg. The automatic transmission drops these estimates by about 1 mpg. The ZO6 in comparison gets 15/24/18 mpg, while the ZR1 manages 14/20/16 mpg.
2010 Chevy Corvette Interior
The interior of the Chevy Corvette is very functional and offers amenities to the driver, such as a 6-way power driver seat, which is also height adjustable. The premium leather bucket seats provide adequate support in the base model. The front leg room is surprisingly large for a sports car with 43.1 inches. Convenience features include a tilt-adjustable leather steering wheel with audio controls, hands-free calling, destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation), and cruise control. The dual zone climate control for the driver and passenger is standard. Other features include dual illuminating vanity mirrors, sun sensor, reading lights, and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror. The Corvette’s entertainment system includes XM satellite radio, 7 speakers, a diversity antenna, and a CD/MP3 playback stereo.
2010 Chevy Corvette Colors and Style
The 2010 Chevy Corvette is available in 10 radiant exterior colors, 6 of which are metallic colors. Arctic White, Black, Torch Red, and Velocity Yellow are more traditional colors for Corvettes. Chevy added Blade Silver, Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat, Cyber Gray Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic, Jetstream Blue Metallic, and Supersonic Blue Metallic to the available exterior color scheme. The four available leather colors are available in several color combinations and coordinating trims. The base colors are Cashmere, Ebony, Red, and Titanium Gray. Each of these colors is available with a black trim/ embroidery. The exterior of the Chevy Corvette is customizable with painted alloy wheels. The tire size on this 2010 base Corvette is P325/30R Z.
2011 Chevy Corvette Performance Review
The 2011 Chevy Corvette features the same 6.2-L, V8 engine with 430 hp and 424 pound-feet of torque as the 2010 model. The acceleration of 4.5 seconds from 0-60 mph also remained the same, and so did the estimated fuel consumption. The 2011 is still available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Nothing has changed between the 2009 and 2010 model.
2011 Chevy Corvette Interior
The interior of the 2011 Corvette has changed a lot. The interior of the Chevy Corvette is still functional but offers new and improved seats. The seats were redesigned to offer more support and comfort. Added wings allow for a much greater support of the shoulders. The steering wheel also received an upgrade, and features model specific badges and wrapped spokes. All 2011 models have a padded center console and armrest. The front leg room is still 43.1 inches. Convenience features are the same. The tilt-adjustable leather steering wheel with audio controls, hands-free calling, destination guidance, and cruise control are standard in the 2011 Corvette as well. The dual zone climate control for the driver and passenger is another standard feature that remained the same. The entertainment system did not receive any changes and remained the same for the most part as well.
2011 Chevy Corvette Colors and Style
The 2011 Chevy Corvette is available in only 8 exterior colors, 5 of which are metallic colors. The new colors for the 2011 model are Carbon Flash Metallic and Carlisle Blue Metallic. The four available leather colors are available in several color combinations with coordinating trims. The base colors remain Cashmere, Ebony, Red, and Titanium Gray. Each of these colors is still available with a black trim/ embroidery. The exterior of the Chevy Corvette is still customizable with painted alloy wheels. The 2010 Corvette has P325/30R Z tires, while the 2010 Corvette features P285/35R Z tires.
The Breakdown: 2010 Chevy Corvette vs 2011 Chevy Corvette
The price of the Chevy Corvette essentially stayed the same. The 2010 Corvette is listed with a MSRP of $ 49,045. The 2011 Corvette is listed with only a minor increase at $ 49, 525. Even though the performance of the 2010 and 2011 Chevy Corvette remained the same, the exterior colors were updated and some colors were eliminated. The modern colors, Carbon Flash Metallic, and Carlisle Blue Metallic, allow the customer to pick very unique color combinations, making the Chevy Corvette truly a one-of –a- kind sports car. The new, redesigned interior offers a more luxurious feeling without losing the sporty aspect of the Corvette. New optional packages are now available, like the Chevrolet Centennial Special Edition, as well as a Premium/Preferred Equipment Group. These packages allow an even greater degree of customization to the customer. Enthusiast will appreciate the many new options the 2011 Chevy Corvette has to offer.