The Chevrolet Corvette: A Gem Amongst Cars

The Chevrolet Corvette is an icon, to be sure, not only in the car community but the world as a whole. Few cars can say they’ve been in production for nearly seven decades; fewer still can say they’ve become a superior machine with every generation that is produced. In a world of changing vehicle types, the reasons become evident as to why the Corvette has stood the ultimate test of time.

The First Generation Corvette

The Corvette has been an eye catcher ever since the debut of the first generation in 1953; its low slung chassis, slender body, and roof (or lack thereof) was unlike anything that had been presented in America. The seventh generation, though modernized, still possesses a unique beauty; no matter which angle it is perceived, soft on the eyes the Corvette is sure to be. Its angular headlights present both a sleek yet aggressive presence. The functional vents (such as the ones in front of the wheels and on the hood) not only provide cooling to its many components, but offer an exotic appearance. The quad exhaust makes another comeback, setting the rear apart from everything else on the road whilst allowing the full rumble of the engine to be heard. It would be an understatement to claim this vehicle is beautiful.

The Seventh Generation Corvette

As many of us know, what draws crowds people to the Corvette is the performance, and with the seventh generation we are presented with several different engine configurations. The base model “Stingray” gives drivers the LT1 Small Block Crate Engine, a 6.2 liter V8 pushing 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. While Chevrolet does offer higher performance choices, the Stingray’s engine is certainly nothing to sneeze at. With a 0–60 time of 4.1 seconds your competition will briefly hear the growl of all eight cylinders firing as you fly by.

If you take the workings on the Stingray and multiply it exponentially, the Z06 is what you are given. It sports the LT4; a 6.2 liter, supercharged, V8. This behemoth of an engine throws out an insane 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. In addition to this engine, an aerodynamics kit and larger brakes are present to accommodate this performance. If the neck breaking 0–60 time of 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 205 MPH sounds like too much for you, you may want to consider the Grand Sport trim level. The Grand Sport gives you the more tame Stingray engine, but the body upgrade of the Z06; a perfect blend of power and control.

On the inverse, if 650 horsepower is minuscule to you, you may consider Chevy’s final iteration of the C7 Corvette: The ZR1. The ZR1 graced us with its presence in 2019, and offers many an upgrade. Brandishing the new 6.2 liter LT5 V8 engine, it is paired with a supercharger that is a whopping 52% larger than the supercharger found on the Z06. The earth shattering 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque rating, in addition to the further improved body and aerodynamic upgrades, gives us a masterfully crafted creation that, without a doubt, sets itself apart from its competition.

The Corvette ZR1

So we can see why the Corvette is an enticing item performance wise, but what about for those that don’t care as much for performance? Because the Corvette offers a plethora of configurations, consumers are kept constantly intrigued. For example, if you choose to go for the coupe over the convertible model, you are not without the “open air” feeling, as the coupe returns with its removable roof panel that can secure firmly in the trunk. Additionally, while some of the Corvettes in years past were criticized for its lower quality interior, the seventh generation provides us with a luxurious — and oh, is it luxurious — driving experience; as standard! Humans are all about customization, it’s what allows us to be unique. The inside of the Corvette is nearly as interchangeable as the outside with the overabundance of seat styles and leather types and colors Chevy allows us to choose from. In regards to the operation of the vehicle, the cars come equipped with an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters, but for those that prefer three pedals instead of two, a Tremec 7-speed manual transmission with active rev matching is available.

These are the workings of a truly superior vehicle, but surely it must come with a price tag that only allows those flooded with money to be able to partake. Lastly, and quite possibly its greatest trait, is its low cost. A brand new seventh generation Corvette Stingray can be had for as low $55,000. However, with the used car market selling more than 200% more vehicles annually than the new car market, there will be more potential buyers there. Used, one owner Stingrays with low mileage and great condition have been found around the $35,000 range. Even though the price of the king of Corvettes, the ZR1, may seem steep at around $130,000 new, its performance is comparable to that of the new Ford GT, which starts around $500,000. With all these things coming into play, the best choice becomes evident.

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