The Chevrolet Corvette is a car that needs no introduction here at Motor Authority. It is a perennial performance bargain in the markets where it's sold and thanks to a number of upgrades over the past couple of years on the current C6 model, as well as some recent updates for 2012, the all-American supercar just gets better and better.
You can’t go wrong whether you opt for the coupe or the convertible, though if it’s outright performance that you desire then the hard-top is definitely the way to go.
All models come with a V-8 engine, either naturally aspirated or supercharged, as well as a standard six-speed manual. A six-speed automatic is available on some models but to really get the most of the car you’ll need the manual.
The base Corvette and Grand Sport get a 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine rated at 430 horsepower; the track-tuned Z06 gets its 505 horsepower from a 7.0-liter LS7; and the all-out insane ZR1 uses a supercharged 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 to put out 638 horsepower. Whichever you choose, performance is outstanding.
Another reason to get the manual transmission is because of its new launch control feature. Adjusting the revs automatically for minimal wheel-spin, the launch control will see the standard ‘Vette reach 60 mph from rest in 4.5 seconds. Go for the Z06 and you’ll only need 3.9 seconds to achieve the same feat, and if this is still not enough then you can opt for the Ferrari-beating ZR1, which will do the sprint in just 3.4 seconds.
Despite the obvious speed, the Corvette range handles well, too, with crisp, communicative steering. The brakes are also brilliant across the board.
The Corvette’s interior is the car’s only real shortcoming, with its outdated design and average quality now far behind what its rivals like the Porsche 911 and Nissan GT-R offer. Standard features include XM Satellite Radio, auxiliary audio input, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, steering wheel audio controls, power driver's seat, and more. Upgrade options include a heads-up display, Bluetooth, satellite navigation, and a wide range of performance enhancements and interior and exterior appearance packages.
Note, 2013 has just been announced as the last model year for the C6 Corvette, which means a brand new ‘C7’ is just around the corner. You can read up on all the details we have so far on the C7 Corvette by clicking here.
And for a full review of the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette, including a look at its styling, utility, safety, features and performance, head over to our sister site The Car Connection.