The Chevrolet Corvette lives up to its billing as the Great American Sports Car". Six exciting models are ready for 2011, with MSRP pricing ranging from $48,950 to $111,100. It is available in hardtop, convertible and dual top models, with a front-engine, rear-transmission design. Chevrolet Corvette goes from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds or less with either a standard short-throw, 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed paddle shift automatic transmission.
A two-seater sports car, Chevrolet Corvette has plenty of power and speed with good fuel economy at 16/25 for city/highway mileage. First originated in Flint, MI, and St. Louis, MO, today's Corvettes are built in Bowling Green, KY, where the national Corvette Museum is also located. This makes a special delivery option possible; interested purchasers may take delivery of their new Corvette at the Museum. Buyers of the Z06 and ZR1 models also offer the extra option of participating in a special "Corvette Engine Build Experience" in Wixom, MI to help build their V8 engine.
The first Corvette design is attributed to Harley Earl, in 1953, when it was introduced as a concept show car. There were 300 hand-built polo white convertibles produced that year, which are the rarest and most desired Corvettes. In 1958, design changes eliminated taillight fins, debuted a new "face" to the car and added side coves. The Sting Ray name was used between 1963 and 1976, when car features included a tapered rear deck, hidden headlamps, decorative hood vents and use of an independent rear suspension. More changes occurred for the C3 (1968-1982), C4 (1984-1996), C5 (1997-2004) and C6 Sixth Generation (2005-present) Corvette models.
The 2011 Corvette models share many design features, such as leather interiors with options for custom, contrasting color stitching. Convertible models are available now with a new blue color top, in addition to traditional black, grey and beige. The Coupe and Grand Sport Coupe models can be ordered with a convertible or removable roof panel top or a dual package with solid and transparent roofs. The Z06 offers a 7-liter, V8 engine and is the lightest Corvette on the market, weighing 3,175 pounds. Corvette speeds can reach up to 205 mph on the track with either the tour or sport suspensions, while the Z06 Carbon Limited Edition features the LS7 aluminum block V8 engine, making it the fastest GM-produced car ever. The Z06 also features Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors that are lightweight, yet provide fast stopping power.
The Chevrolet Corvette has earned many prestigious awards in its long history. In 2010, the ZR1 won against the fastest cars in the world in the Car and Driver Lighting Lap competition. Other previous awards include being number one on the 100 Coolest Cars list and other honors for top sports car, most collectible sports car, ten best, Motor Trend Car of the Year and other awards for engineering, design and price for value. It remains the most popular personal luxury American sport car in history.
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