The Chevy Corvette has been the American pride of sport cars for some time now, and the 2012 ZR1 does not plan on letting the customers down.
The new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque. This combination of amazing torque and hp allow an acceleration from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds. The top speed is 205 mph, which means that this car can compete with some of Europe’s best (like the Lamborghini Gallardo, and the Porsche 911 GT2), but at the same time stay a long way away from other exotic supercars like the Bugatti Veyron.
The curb weight of the new Corvette is 3,333 lbs. While this is a little high, it remains within acceptable limits. The combination of weight and power leads to a less than satisfactory fuel consumption of 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
As soon as the gas pedal is activated, the Rear-Wheel Drive system propels the car to 60 miles in just 3.5 seconds. The new suspension allows a firm drive without any major shaking or loss of control. The car also features advanced ceramic brakes, which shave a lot of off the braking distance.
The interior of the new Corvette leaves much to be desired. The seats are fluffy and unsupportive, and the whole cabin looks cheap. Chevy could have really done better in this area.
The starting price is $111,600, and if you think about it, it isn’t that much. Lexus’ 2012 LF-A starts at over $540,000, and delivers pretty much the same performance. It is obvious that this isn’t a car for badge-seeking, incredibly-rich customers, but rather for sport car lovers who can afford to buy fair-praced supercars (by fair I mean a good price/performance proportion).
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