General Motors has unveiled the sixth generation Corvette, and, contrary to what I expected, it is drop dead gorgeous!
-First Corvette with fixed headlamps since 1962. I thought it would be ass ugly, instead I think it's the most beautiful Corvette since the 1963-1967 "Mid Year" Vettes. Lots of styling cues from past generation Corvettes, but they managed to avoid an unoriginal "retro" theme
-The 350 is no more.... the LS2 6.0 liter V-8 will generate 400 horsepower and will be the largest and most powerful base powerplant ever in a Corvette
-The 2006 Z06 will have a 427 cubic inch (YEAH BABY, YOU READ THAT RIGHT!) V-8 which is rumored to be "well north" of 500 horsepower.
-Transmission options are still the 4 speed automatic, and for those who know how to properly equip a sports car, the 6 speed manual
-The car is 5 inches shorter, 1 inch narrower. This was done with European markets in mind.
-The Z51 suspension package (as it is known on the C5) will turn into more of a high performance package, bridging what will be the large gap between the base Corvette and the Z06. The Z51 will require the six speed manual, will use tighter and shorter gearing in 1st through 4th gears in order to aid acceleration, will have a taller 5th gear in order to allow higher top speed, and will retain the trademark huge 6th gear overdrive. It includes not only upgraded suspension but also bigger brakes, Goodyear F1 Supercar tires, power steering fluid and transmission fluid coolers, and a number of other upgrades. A Z51 equipped coupe will be pretty much the equal of the present day Z06 in terms of performance.
-Performance numbers for a 6 speed coupe are estimated to be around 4.2 0-60 mph with a top speed of 180 to 185 mph.
-The interior finally gets enormous upgrades in terms of fit and finish and quality of materials used. This was maybe the biggest complaint about the C5. Some new features inside are available like a navigation system and an in dash 6 CD
Okay, here are the pictures.
Gotta love the engine strategy they took.... talk about retro! "There's no replacement for displacement." 400 horses is a beautiful thing indeed.
The styling could not have been done any better, in my opinion. Where the C5 lacks character, the C6
has it in spades.
Here's to America's Sports Car.
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