The Corvette, in Z06 trim, is America's supercar, able to compete with much more expensive efforts from Italy. Always a two seater, the car has evolved substantially over the years. This 2011 version offers performance options to make it more than track-worthy.
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The Corvette has a unique look, with a large footprint but low profile. Headlights are neatly tucked into the front fenders.
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At 7 liters, this V-8 has huge cylinders. Power is 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, with the low-weight car allowing for 0-to-60 mph speeds of 3.7 seconds.
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As part of an optional package, this car came with a carbon fiber roof, helping lighten the load a bit.
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Chevrolet prints the horsepower right on the Z06 badge, suggesting some proud engineers.
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Magnetic-ride technology adapts the suspension for road conditions and driving style, helping the car keep grip under all circumstances. The suspension tuning favors rigidity, meaning a hard ride for car occupants.
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Four big exhaust tips stick out of the back, pipes the broadcast an awe-inspiring rumble.
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The glass hatch cover has been part of Corvette styling for quite some time now. The cargo area is shallow, but wide, and accessible from the cabin.
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We found the ergonomics of the cabin a little tight, with our knees against the dash when the seat was in the right position for good clutch operation.
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As an option, our car came with plenty of stitched leather covering cabin surfaces.
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Chevrolet fits audio control buttons on the right spoke, and a Bluetooth voice command button on the left.
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The instrument cluster is enhanced by a head-up display showing speed and tach on the windshield.
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The six-speed manual transmission has a 1-4 shunt, guiding the shifter from first to fourth gear instead of second under modest acceleration. This feature helps the engine remain at low speed, saving gas.
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This DVD-based navigation system has very poor resolution.
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A slot for the map DVD and audio CDs sits behind the screen, not our favorite arrangement.
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The stereo has an iPod input in the console. We found the interface slow when we browsed albums and artists on an iPod.
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The Bose audio system uses seven speakers, four mids, two tweeters, and a subwoofer. The audio quality is passable, but often not heard because of road noise.
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