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2005 Corvette Performance Review

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Magazine GM Spec. CD RT MT
Pub. Date   September 2004 January 2005 June 2005
Model   Coupe Coupe Convertible
Transmission   6-speed manual 6-speed manual 4-speed auto
0-30 mph (sec) NA 1.8 1.8 2.0
0-40 mph (sec) NA 2.5 2.5 2.9
0-50 mph (sec) NA 3.3 3.5 3.8
0-60 mph (sec) 4.5 4.3 4.4 4.8
0-70 mph (sec) NA 5.4 5.5 6.2
0-80 mph (sec) NA 6.8 6.9 7.7
0-90 mph (sec) NA 8.2 8.4 9.4
0-100 mph (sec) NA 9.9 10.1 11.2
0-110 mph (sec) NA 12.0 NA NA
0-120 mph (sec) NA 14.0 NA NA
0-130 mph (sec) NA 16.9 NA NA
0-140 mph (sec) NA 20.1 NA NA
0-150 mph (sec) NA 26.3 NA NA
1/4 Mile (sec/mph) 12.9 / 112.3 12.7 / 113 12.6 / 113.2 13.1 / 110.4
Street Start, 5-60 mph (sec) NA 5.2 NA NA
Top Speed (mph) 186 NA NA NA
0-100-0 mph, sec NA NA NA NA
Braking (ft.) 114 (60 - 0 mph)
202 (80 - 0 mph)
166 (70 - 0 mph) 113 (60 - 0 mph)
321 (100 - 0 mph)
112 (60 - 0 mph)
Lateral Accel. 0.95 g 0.98 g 0.96 g (200-ft. skidpad) 0.88 g
Test Notes
Motor Trend, June 2005, Pg. 66: Want the soft option? Take the Corvette. There's far less shake and shimmy through the steering wheel than in the Maserati, a tribute to the rigidity of the C6 chassis, and the LS2 is ready to go the moment you brush the gas pedal. When you have to put the top up, the Corvette's quieter, too, thanks tto the bulkhead that now separates the cabin from the trunk area, one of the C6's major design advances.
Car and Driver, Sept. 2004, Vol 50, Number 3, Pg. 46: Highs:
More powerful engine, attractive interior, comfortable ride, immense grip, fantastic price, supportive seats, balanced handling, short-throw shifter...we'll stop there.
The various electronic features -- keyless start, auto door locks, electric door latches--can be more annoying than useful.
The Verdict:
Hill and company have given us more of what we liked, fixed what we didn't. A five-star ride.
Car and Driver, Sept. 2004, Vol 50, Number 3, Pg. 50: Take any sports car within 20 grand of the Corvette's sticker, and the Vette will flat smoke it. We think the Corvette may also prove a match for the upcoming $70,065 321-hp Porsche 911 and could very possibly outgun the $79,865 350-hp 911S. Oh, and don't bet aginst the Vette's earning another 10 Best Spot.
Road and Track, January 2005, Vol 57, Number 1, Pg. 73: Nail the gas in the Corvette--anygear, anytime--and the LS2 digs deep into the torque curve and simply grunts away. It's exactly what you'd expect from a big V-8 born and bred in Detroit. What you don't expect is its willingness to spin to 6500 rpm with damn near the smoothness and refinement of a multivalve, multicam European engine.
Road and Track, January 2005, Vol 57, Number 1, Pg. 76: The C6 is clearly the best, most accomplished Corvette yet, and by some considerable margin.
Magazines:  CD: Car and Driver,  MT: Motor Trend  RT: Road and Track

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