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Chevrolet Corvette (US)

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Published: 19 Mar 2019
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A performance car bargain that's surprisingly practical and easy to live with

Good stuff

Supercar performance on fast saloon budget; more practical than you might think

Bad stuff

Image is still a problem for some

Overview

What is it?

If one car can claim to be America’s sports car, it’s the Chevy Corvette. Now in its seventh generation – and soon to be moving into a whole new era of mid-engined eighth-generation design – it still offers the same breathtaking value and performance that it always has.

Starting at just $56k, even the base car has 455bhp and can top 180mph. But that’s just where things start for Corvette. Add a couple thousand more bucks and you can get the Z51 performance package and/or a convertible roof. The latter doesn’t make a huge amount of sense in cost or weight terms as all Corvettes have removable roof panels as standard.

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The Grand Sport is the sweet spot in the range as it features the wider wheels and bodywork and bigger brakes from the supercharged 650bhp Z06 above it, just with the normally aspirated, dry-sump motor. The Z06 was the range topper for the past couple of years. But now the furious $122k LT5-engined 755bhp ZR1 (pictured) has burst into view as the premier Corvette. There couldn’t be a better swansong for the existing generation as it pushes the entire package to its very limits – and beyond.

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Our choice from the range

What's the verdict?

A performance car bargain that's surprisingly practical and easy to live with

There’s a reason Americans buy more than 20,000 Corvettes every year – it is a performance car bargain. But it’s also much more than that. Away from the stopwatch and checkered flag, it is also a surprisingly practical and easy to live with car that could easily be used and enjoyed as a daily driver.

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