There is no denying that Corvette has been up to something big. With the major recent investments to the Corvette plant expansion to the secretive late night track testing, Corvette has been buzzing with mystery. Finally light has been shed onto the rumors with multiple sightings of Corvette’s latest project, the 2018 ZR1.
As an American made superpower car that is remarkably affordable and luxurious, Corvette will naturally always receive heat from supercar competitors. A rivalry has formed between the Corvette Z06 and the Dodge Viper ACR. Some may say the Corvette Z06 vs. Viper ACR is an unfair match, however, Corvette has never backed down from a challenge no matter the situation.
Both Motor Trend and Top Gear have taken the Corvette vs. Dodge Viper challenge. Head-to-head the Corvette is the more affordable and driver focused option. The ACR comes equipped with a track ready package and a more powerful engine. A few high level specs of each supercar are highlighted below:
2016 Corvette Z06
6.2L Supercharged V-8 RWD
2016 Dodge Viper ACR
8.4L V-10 RWD
Starting at $131,000
Corvette Z06 vs. Viper ACR Track Face-Off
Motor Trend drivers took both cars out onto the MRLS track to test how the Z06 handled being compared to the 10 time track record breaker ACR. Corvette Z06 came out only 3 seconds behind the ACR but six-tenths of a second faster than the Viper TA. The ACR comes with a very large jet-sized rear wing that helps keep the car on the ground making it better equipped for the demands of the track. However, the rear wingless Z06 isn’t to be overlooked. Top Gear says that the Z06 has one of the most sophisticated chassis-control systems in the world. Just don’t turn off the chassis-assistance systems unless you’re ready to take full control. Motor Trend’s drivers agree that for Corvette to beat the Viper it would need a Corvette equivalent to the ACR track package.
While racing enthusiasts may choose to be 3 seconds faster, even the driving experts at Top Gear say that if you want supercar performance and everyday practically, it’s hard to think of a better choice than the Z06.
Corvette vs. Dodge Viper Practicality
After just a few hours of driving the ACR both Motor Trend and Top Gear drivers said their ears wouldn’t stop ringing and joked about how driving for too long may cause driver deafness. Without a racing harness the ACR also threw around its passengers and made for anything but a comfortable ride. The Viper’s air conditioning isn’t guaranteed to work and the brake and clutch pedals are switched. There is no expectation of comfort when driving the Viper, its sole purpose it to serve drivers as much power as possible.
On the other hand, Corvette has managed the incredible feat of combining supercar power with driver and passenger comfort. Each driver of the Z06 came out with a new appreciation for the power and fun of the supercar with the luxury of a comfortable ride. Jason Cammisa of Motor Trend says, “The Chevy feels as though it was actually engineered around the human body, and as such it’s an absolute pleasure to drive. The ‘Vette works with you to be smooth, comfortable, and fast, whereas the Viper’s interior does everything to make you not trust the car, yourself, or anyone around you.” Motor Trend finished up its day of competition on the track by voting the Z06 the most friendliest and livable car on a daily basis.
There is no denying the impressive speed and power of the Dodge ACR. However, when considering whether to purchase a Corvette or Viper the choice seems to be clear. For a practical car that can go from driving the family around town on the weekdays to causing trouble on the track during the weekends, the experts agree there is no better choice than the Corvette Z06.
When you think of American super muscle you think Corvette, but when you think overall engine power and performance superiority perhaps the Lamborghini comes to mind. On highways across America these two have come head-to-head and Corvette has always proudly held its own.
A Corvette Z06 vs. Lamborghini Aventador Roadster Challenge
Top Gear recently took the Corvette Z06 with a Z07 performance kit head-to-head against the Lamborghini Aventador LP700 Roadster and while it may seem like an easy one to call, even the driving experts on Top Gear were impressed. The 650bhp supercharged Corvette may be down in power compared to the 690bhp Lambo but to some surprise, they both weigh exactly the same at 1625kg. Both super cars reach 60 mph in about 3.0 seconds but the Lambo’s top speed is 17 mph higher at 217 mph.
As the boys took the two up into the hills of California the Z06 did not become a distant blob of color in the Lambo’s rearview mirror. Instead, the Z06 engine remained composed and fluid to the rough terrain of hills and was constantly riding the Lambo’s bumper. Up and downshifts came easily thanks to the seven-speed manual gearbox and Corvette’s exclusive use of Michelin Cup 2 tires combined with the Corvette Z06 racing performance traction management kept the Z06 grounded and on track.
After days of putting each car to its limit Top Gear’s very own Ryan says he cannot believe how fast and generally competent the Z06 has become (Top Gear).
Corvette vs. Lamborghini Chance Encounters
Several instances of impromptu Corvettes street races against Lamborghinis have surfaced on the internet. These videos below show just how capable the Corvette is even against some of the most expensive motor muscle available to buyers.
It would cost you $445,300 plus tax (GM Authority) to own the Aventador Roadster featured on Top Gear while you can get a Corvette Z06 for around $84,000. Even with performance packages and all the add-ons, both Top Gear and GM Authority struggled to bring the cost of the Z06 well above $100,000. For the price, the power and control offered by the Corvette Z06 is truly unmatched.
Owning this pure American made power is possible today. Rick Hendrick Corvette has the largest selection of Corvette Z06’s in the southwest guaranteeing we have in stock or have access to your dream car. Shop our new inventory or contact a specialist today and make your dream a reality.
Since the first Corvette concept was presented as a “dream car” at GM’s Motorama in New York in 1953, America has never been the same. American drivers have claimed the Corvette as one of their favorite American made sports cars and the relationship grows stronger every year.
Made for Americans, By Americans
The incredibly popular Corvette has settled their assembly plant in the quaint American town of Bowling Green, Kentucky, now employing over 950 residents. Corvette’s first home was Flint, Michigan, where on June 30th, 1953 the first production Corvette rolled off the assembly line. Next Corvette made the move to St. Louis where it settled down until the opening of the Bowling Green plant in 1981. All three of Corvette’s assembly plants have been located in American towns and proudly employed American workers with little outside material or labor needed.
Corvette Cares About America
Corvette puts as much importance on respecting the land of Kentucky as much as it does on hiring American workers. The assembly plant features a wildlife habitat that spreads across 75 acres. Local Boy Scout troops have installed bluebird boxes while local students planted sunflowers. Employees appreciate an environmentally friendly picnic area while the land enjoys only native plant species thanks to Corvette’s environmental team.
Number One in America
In 2014, the Corvette Stingray ranked number one on the annual “Made in America” Automotive Index. Up against 318 other new car models, the Stingray was judged on its headquarters, design, research, manufacturing facilities, and where the profits go once it is sold (Motor Authority). The 2016 Stingray has ranked third overall.
Investments That Give Back
In 2015, General Motors announced a plan to spend $439 million on a new paint shop for the Bowling Green plant. This work has begun and will be completed in 2017. The newest plans from GM include spending $290 million on technology and manufacturing process upgrades for the Bowling Green assembly plant. GM North American Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones stated, “We are making technology investments that will continue to improve our manufacturing processes and ultimately the quality of our vehicles.” Although nothing has been confirmed, enthusiasts hope that these latest plans are for the redesign of the next generation Corvette.
The assembly plant workers will not be affected during the construction process and will be able to keep working their 8-hour, Monday-Friday shifts. Each time Corvette has invested in their American assembly plant they have added to the number of jobs available. Rumors are the next round of upgrades will create over 270 new jobs.
Corvette is the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car and always has been and will always be made proudly here in the United States of America. The craving for Corvettes grows stronger each year and Corvette is proud to supply American sourced technology, manufacturing and labor resources large enough to handle the demand.
When you purchase a Corvette, whether a classic or a newer model, rest assured you are purchasing a true American made sports car legend that was built on American land by hard working American hands.
The 2016 Corvette has changed the game. For those shaking their heads, claiming there wasn’t much improvement to be made from 2014 and 2015, be prepared to be mistaken.
The 2016 Corvette is available to drivers in both coupe and convertible in the base Stingray, Stingray Z51 or Z06 trim style. The coupe offers drivers unmatched style, power, and usability. With an impressive 15 cubic-foot trunk, stashing a change of clothes to go from work to play won’t be a problem. Drivers now have more room to pack their luggage, golf clubs and even the groceries.
The Stingray trims have 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels, Brembo brakes and are powered by a 6.2-liter V8 that drives the rear wheels. They come standard with seven-speed manual transmissions but drivers can opt for an eight-speed automatic. Regardless of which one you select, both transmissions feature a launch control mode.
The 2016 Corvette engine has also been designed to present drivers with instantaneous adaptable driving modes when needed. If you encounter poor weather, there is no reason to worry. A simple switch of a dial puts the 2016 Corvette in weather mode. Or perhaps you’re spending the weekend at an open autocross event and want to open her up on the track, there’s a mode for that too. In fact, there are five different modes including weather, eco, tour, sport and track.
Don’t be fooled, though. The Corvette’s evolution hasn’t been restricted to just under-the-hood improvements. Inside the 2016 Corvette several changes are capturing the hearts of driver enthusiasts. Edmunds.com 2016 Corvette review says that thanks to the center stack and wraparound door panels, drivers feel as though their operating a fighter jet.
The “fighter jet cockpit” consists of several luxurious features including a leather wrapped steering wheel, hands-free Apple CarPlay and in advanced models front-view parking cameras and driver memory settings.
Chevrolet is blessing the roads with the new 2016 Corvettes at prices that are shocking everyone. Even Edmunds.com 2016 Corvette review claims that “Calling it a world-class bargain is no longer faint praise; it’s genuinely hard to believe that you can get this much car for what Chevy’s charging.”
As the packages increase so do the luxuries and the price, but what’s included in the base Stingray is more than enough to impress. The roads have seen an increase in the presence of the 2016 Corvette and as more drivers discover the sheer power, luxury and usability these supercars offer we are sure to see that trend continue. We’re far from complaining, in fact we encourage it. Shop the largest selection of new 2016 Corvette inventory in the southeast and start enjoying what many already are.
Chevrolet gave Corvette fans another reason to get excited last week when it unveiled the Corvette Stingray convertible at the Geneva Motor Show. One major difference from the design of the C7 Corvette convertible to previous models is that the Corvette Stingray program was designed with the convertible in mind.
“With the all-new Corvette Stingray, we designed and developed the coupe and convertible simultaneously,” said GM’s vice president of global design, Ed Welburn. “As a result, the Corvette Stingray convertible offers an open-top driving experience with no compromise in performance, technology or design.”
Which is better? Classic Corvette or Latest and Greatest?
I love Corvettes. That isn’t a secret. It isn’t earth-shattering news either. Most of the people reading this probably love Corvettes, too. What I want to know is: are you a Classic Corvette lover, a modern day Corvette lover or simply “Every Corvette ever made is a thing of beauty” lover?
When you look at a classic beauty like this 1962 Corvette it really is hard to find anything to complain about, but give me an honest opinion. Does this look much better to your eyes than the one below it? I personally, can’t wait for 1-13-13 when Chevrolet unveils the next iteration of Corvettes with the 2014 C7 Corvette and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love the design. But do you think that something has been lost (or gained) since this baby came out 50 years ago?
There is plenty of speculation. There may even be a way of placing a wager in Vegas on who the first might be come January 13, 2013. Does the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction come in to play? We have our own speculation certainly.
It really can’t be coincidence the highly anticipated unveiling of the new 2014 C7 Corvette at the Detroit Auto Show on 1-13-13 also occurs on the first day of the auction in Scottsdale (which begins on the same day).
Corvette enthusiasts have burned the 1-13-13 sequence of numbers into their individual brains. Heck, even as a collective, the date looms more provocatively than Christmas Day ever could. We have seen tiny glimpses from Chevrolet about the new C7 Corvette. We have seen a bumper here, an engine schematic there and a teaser video with more wind and road than car. Still, we are glued to our monitors and mobile devices waiting for the next bread crumb.
Corvette owners can be some of the most protective and opinionated car owners you can find. A great deal of love and devotion goes into owner a Corvette (and for good reason). Some outrageous modifications can sometimes be viewed by the mainstream Corvette owner as ‘over the top’ or done in ‘poor taste’.
Those things aside, in the spirit of Halloween, we wanted to post a few images that show some creative and ‘interesting’ Corvettes.
What do you think? Would you ever consider doing something like this with your Corvette? If you have, post a photo on our Facebook page.