Gaining affordable power
C6 Corvette was all about taking the best from C5 and enriching it with most of the things that 2-3 times more expensive performance cars do. Though the new design continues C5 muscle car the C6 has more aggressive and modern looks, exposed headlights [gone since 1962], thin grille, viper-like side vents, smaller rear end and much better interior materials. 2005 was the first since 1968 not to offer 350 cubic [5.7 liter] engine. It was replaced by brand new 6 liter LS2 V8 with roaring 400 HP. 0-60 mph flies in 4.2 seconds. Top speed – 186 mph [299 kph]. This modern Vette is equipped with 6-speed upgraded manual transmission, lighter and smoother clutch. There are 3 suspension setups available – from comfortable drive to aggressive cornering.
Z06 was revived in 2005 with 7 liter LS7 engine and official 505 HP – only 3.6 seconds to reach 60 mph [very similar performance to Viper SRT10]. Aluminum frame, carbon fiber and die cast magnesium elements make this car lighter. Again, C6 paced Daytona 500 and indy 500 races in 2006.
The C6.R Corvette was a Chevrolet’s race car since 2005. It started in GT1 class, won lots of races and in 2009 it moved to GT2 class.
2008 ZR1 Corvette was GM’s aim to reach 100 HP per liter. They succeeded it with the new 6.2 liter LS9 engine which was Eaton-supercharged and delivered 638 HP and a top speed of 205 mph [330- kph]. ZR1 comes with carbon fiber body parts and is a bit heavier that Z06 [the weight is distributed in 52/48 proportion because of supercharger]. Its all yours… For about $100 K. Year 2008 also came with new LS3 6.2 liter V8 that delivers 30 hp more – 430 and is a bit faster in gaining 0-60 mph – 4 seconds dead [6-speed manual].
2010 returns Grand Sport name to Corvette lineup which combines wide Z06 body with C6 powertrain in coupe and targa body styles, upgraded suspension and brakes.
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