2011 Chevrolet Corvette Overview
With a timeless reputation for power and style, the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette needs no introduction.
The rear-wheel-drive 2011 Chevrolet Corvette two-seat sports coupe is offered as a hardtop or convertible in four trim levels: base 1LT, Grand Sport (GS), Z06 and ZR1. The base and GS are equipped with a 430-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine and an available dual-exhaust adds another 6 horsepower. A 505-horsepower, 7.0-liter V-8 engine powers the Z06 and a massive 638-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 powers the ZR1. All engines are coupled to a six-speed manual transmission with launch control or an optional six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
Competition includes the Ford Shelby GT500, Dodge Viper and Nissan GT-R—all of which don’t come close to the superior power of the Corvette. According to Chevrolet, the base 1LT can hit 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and the Z06 can do it in just 3.7 seconds. EPA estimated fuel economy ratings are 14-16 mpg in the city and a laudable 20-26 mpg on the highway.
New features for 2011 include Magnetic Ride Control on the Grand Sport and Goodyear F1 Supercar Gen 2 tires with the manual transmission. With its signature wide stance, low ride and quad taillights, the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette sits on 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels. The driver and passenger sit in bolstered bucket seats with standard leather upholstery. Options include heated seats and a navigation system.
The Z06 tops out at 198 mph and a splitter near the hood feeds cold air into the engine, while air scoops in front of the rear wheels cool the brakes. Weighing just 3,324 pounds, the ZR1 sits on the same aluminum chassis as the Z06, but can reach a top speed of 205 mph, which makes it the fastest production car GM has ever made, and offers standard magnetic ride control.
Standard safety features across all Corvette models include antilock disc brakes, side-impact airbags and an Active Handling stability control system, which allows you more control over the car while still providing a nonintrusive safety buffer.
If you like to go fast—really, really fast, then the street-legal rocket known as the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette is your ride.