This is my 1st Corvette. I'm impressed with the car - better than any of the competition at a much cheaper price. Didn't realize the car would have such a cool factor. Good gas mileage, comfortable and rides reasonably well. If you order a Corvette one can go to the plant in Kentucky and watch your car assembled - I did and it was well worth the price. A once in a lifetime experience! The factory workers were nice and committed to building a quality car - more than one told me they wanted the car to be perfect for me. I'd do it all over again. The dual mode exhaust is a must have option - I upgraded mine with a aftermarket remote to open/close the valves at will. Very cool! Love my vette!
Had been wanting a Vette for years but was always concerned about quality. Test drove a Cayman but options took it over 70K. Recent reviews about GM getting serious about quality, the GS option and 0% drew me in. Great power, good clutch/trans relationship, clutch is not as heavy as I expected. The seats are as bad as all magazines state, brake dust is also an issue but the car is so much fun, it doesn't matter. I grin every time I start it. Chevy has done a very good job. quality is first rate, no rattles and not one problem. Decent sound system but not great. Just finished a road trip (1000 mi) great highway mileage. After many overseas performance cars, it feels good to buy American.
Took museum delivery of GS coupe which I would recommend. Driving back from Kentucky, I averaged 31 mpg while my wife said "it felt like a luxury car compared to my older vette". I now have it for 4 months and can say this car is impressive on all fronts. Acceleration is silly fast, cornering is flat and predictable while braking is spot-on. The interior is unbelievably roomy. the trunk space is similar to a town car. I find the seats comfortable and supportive. I like the interior too which is not as nice as a 911, but it's 20k less. Drove them both back to back thinking I was buying the 911 but the grand sport is a better car, period!
I've own a lot of cars and for the money (I paid 45k -less tax) for a base after 6K discount from GM and 3K from dealer, this is a bargain compared to the SS/RS ragtop Camaro which has few incentives. @ 430 HP, it isn't a bone crusher and I'm sure the manual tranny SS Camaro will stomp it to death in a 1/4 mile. Nice fit-finish, nice features, I hope good resale value as I don't keep cars long. I have always consider the Vette a sissy car driven by middle aged men trying to be cool while holding their toupee in place. This car makes me reconsider my previous opinion as it is sophisticated, good looking and powerful. NOT the muscle car the Camaro is.
Second C-6. Love the vehicle. The interior could use a face lift for a $60k car bt everything else is great. Someone asked about the dual mode exhaust. Either pull the fuse or buy a $60 gadget called "mild to wild". Replaces the fuse and allows you to open or close the damper from the homelink button.
Torch Red, 4LT Coupe Premium Equipment Group ($7,705 -- includes cargo net, luggage shade, multilevel heated sport bucket seats with perforated leather seating surfaces, back angle adjustment, power-adjustable lumbar support and side bolsters, six-way power passenger seat, head-up display, universal home remote transmitter, Bluetooth phone connectivity, power telescoping steering column, memory package with two driver settings, seven Bose speakers, 1-year subscription to XM Satellite Radio, custom leather-wrapped interior package [leather-wrapped upper instrument panel, upper door trim panels and console storage cover, exclusive leather color and two-tone design, seat headrest "tonal" crossed flag embroidery, enhanced armrest padding and special bias pattern console trim plate]); PYE Grand Sport Chrome Aluminum Wheels ($1,995 -- includes 18-by-9.5-inch front and 19-by-12-inch rear chrome aluminum wheels); U3U AM/FM Radio With CD Player and DVD Navigation ($1,750 -- includes AM/FM radio with CD player, MP3 player, Radio Data System [RDS], seek and scan, digital clock, auto tone control, automatic volume and TheftLock, DVD navigation with GPS, 6.5-inch LCD color display touchscreen, voice recognition); Z15 Grand Sport Heritage Package ($1,195 -- includes two-tone leather seats, Grand Sport logo seat headrest embroidery, dealer-installed fender-stripe hash-mark design in [40A] Pearl White); NPP Dual-Mode Performance Exhaust ($1,195 -- includes dual-mode performance exhaust with 6 additional horsepower and aggressive exhaust sound), Pearl White Fender Stripe ($0), Pedal Covers ($295 -- dealer installed).
Needs a fairly high-rpm (about 2,800) launch to overcome big-tire bog. Best run was with slight spin/bog/go. Shifter is slick, but gates could be more distinct. Linear power up to soft rev limiter. Third gear is still pretty short, so the car needed 4th for the quarter-mile. I didn't bother with the launch control function due to previous less-than-optimal results.
Medium/soft pedal with little idle stroke. Some dive, distances improved with repeated runs and heat up to fifth stop.
Skid pad: Decent info from steering wheel regarding front/rear grip levels. Neutral with a whiff of understeer at the limit. With ESP on, it chopped the throttle a bunch. Slalom: Crisp turn-in and very neutral (and non-threatening) behavior allowed me to steer it with the throttle at the rear. Late turn-in with that quick front-end bite worked best to pass by the "back" of each cone rather than going parallel to it.