The previous Corvette was fast and agile. The new one is faster, and it has the reflexes and poise of a world-class athlete. You expect eyeball-flattening performance from a Corvette and thats what you get. It takes less than 12 seconds to reach 100 mph, and top speed is just north of 170 mph, almost as fast as the old ZR1. And thats just the sports car side of the equation. Chevys work on the comfort side of the ledger is even more impressive. The new car is far easier to get in and out of, with more room inside. Improvements in structural integrity and assembly have eliminated the stress squeaks that have plagued Corvettes ever since 1953, and ride quality has improved by a factor of four. Driving a Corvette is no longer a mixture of pleasure and pain. Unlike previous Corvette redesigns, the styling of the fifth generation represents an evolutionary change rather than a distinct visual break from the previous model. Its not easy to see the changes at a glance, particularly if youre looking at the car from the front. The new hood has a slightly more contemporary shape, reminiscent of the Mazda RX-7, but the pop-up headlights lend a familiar look, as do the overall proportions, which are classic sports carlong hood, short rear deck, and a wide, action-ready stance.