Think about what you love about yours as you read our conclusion to the past, present and future of the Chevrolet Corvette.
In 2005 Corvette created a lighter and shorter package with a longer wheelbase bringing about the C6 line. It’s also the first Corvette with headlights since 1962. It has a nicer interior, seats compared to past Corvettes. Finally it includes a powered top. A redesigned Z06 returns after taking a year off accompanied by an aluminum frame, magnesium cradle for the engine, carbon fiber, 7.0-liter small-block, and finally a six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. 2007 introduces the first signed limited edition Corvette. It’s known as the Ron Fellowship Championship Edition.
The first debut of 2009 is the new ZR1, reaching a top speed over 200 mph with the help of its supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V-8. In 2010 the Grand Sport model has a comeback. Side airbags come standard and it includes the elements of the discontinued Z51 performance option and the LS3 V-8. 2011 is yet another big year for Chevrolet. Corvette has 7 available models including the Limited Edition Z06 Carbon. It has reached it greatest lineup and availability in Corvette history. However there isn’t a Corvette that paces the Indy 500.
Chevy celebrates its 100th birthday with the introduction of a Centennial Edition package. The features include satin black wheels with a red stripe, Carbon Flash Metallic paint, specially trimmed interior, unique badges, and finally a Magnetic Selective Ride Control. Finally this year the Corvette returned to the Indy 500 pacing with Chef Guy Fieri behind the wheel.
The production of the C7 is coming soon. However Corvette news is all about the 60th anniversary package. It’s the introduction of the 427 Convertible for one year only. This is the closest that Chevy came to a droptop Z06. It reaches 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The Detroit Auto Show features the debut of the C7 Corvette Stingray in January of 2013 with a carbon fiber roof and hood. In March of 2013 they introduce the Stingray Convertible at the Geneva Auto Show. It was extremely quick with its 455 hp, 6.2-liter pushrod V-8 combined with a six-speed automatic or a seven-speed Tremec manual.
2015 brings a new Z06 with 650 bhp from a supercharged LT4 aluminum 6.2L V-8 engine. Chevy also brings back the Stingray. It includes a transaxle version of the 8L90 8-speed automatic replacing the 6-speed 6L80. Chevrolet introduces the Grand Sport once again for the 2017 model year. It features suspension tuning combined with the Z51 dry sump LT1 engine configuration, and the wide body style from the Z06. Ten exterior colors are offered. The optional Heritage Package included fender graphics, available in six colors. A Grand Sport Collector’s Edition is announced with the limit of 1,000 total for production allowing only 850 for the United States.
The 2018 Corvette Zo6 doesn’t disappoint. This ‘Vette offers 6.2L V-8 engine with 460 hp available. This allows it to accelerate from 0-to-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
What the future holds for Corvette
Rumors state that there may be a C8 Mid-engine Corvette in the works. However reports say the ZR1 and the Z06 will stay on the market with the C8 Corvette Zora Stingray until 2021. Until the 8th Generation makes its debut you’ll see minor update, changes and improvements to the current generation of Corvettes. So we’ll just have to wait and see what the 8th generation has to offer.