Corvette C6 2005 – 2009 Part I

2005 Chevrolet Corvette

2005 Chevrolet Corvette

When it comes to building a great car that competes with luxury high performances cars two to three times its price, the engineers at Chevrolet know how to do it right! The best formulas of the C5 were used as a base, however the objective was to improve what was already a success. Refinement and performance was the name of the next generation Corvette’s game. Notable imperfections of the C5 were going to be invisible in the new C6 generation Corvette. This was to be the generation of perfection!

What do you mean exposing my headlights! For the first time since 1962, headlights were full time visible on the 2005 Corvette. You might say a face lift was produced by presenting C6 with a leaner grill with a more distinctive look. Even the back end was reduced with a more trim appearance to become more proportional overall. At a side glance you’ll notice sharp cut lines that spin down the vehicle from the side vents that distinctly say “Corvette”! Nine different colors were offered for 2005, can you guess which color was the most popular?

Unleashed Corvette Power!

Under Corvette’s hood for C6 was a new 6.0-liter LS2 V8 bragging about 400 horse power and 400 pound feet of torque. This performance driven Corvette was targeting the elite from Italy and Germany. Certainly speed was no problem for this Corvette as it rocketed from zero to 60 mph in an incredible 4.2 seconds and on to a top end speed of 186 mph. Quarter mile speeds reached were 114 mph in just over 12.5 seconds with the standard six-speed manual transmission.

For 2006 the Z06 was let loose with its 505 horsepower LS7 7.0L engine, a monster of its time! New electronically controlled 6-speed Paddle Shift transmission with automatic modes was a new offer for 2006 Corvette. Z06 was also running aluminum frame rails, an aggressively tuned suspension and oversize tires. The 2006 Z06 would thrust you back into your seat with a new record from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and smashing the quarter-mile in 12.2 seconds at an unbelievable 120+ mph. The 2006 Z06 was also the official pace car for the Daytona 500 as well as the Indianapolis 500.

2007 Chevrolet Corvette

2007 Chevrolet Corvette

What was often called a carryover year, the 2007 model saw virtually no changes. A new 6.2L LS3 small block V8 was standard issue for the 2008 Corvette pushing the limits of the quarter mile down to just 12 seconds at over 114 mpg! This 436 horse power motor screamed from 0 to 60 in just 4.5 seconds. The base coupe with a six-speed manual transmission also became the least expensive Corvette. The automatic version of this fast car was the fastest automatic Corvette of its time, boasting quicker shifts and a 0 to 60 time in just 4.0 seconds!!!

Chevrolet Reincarnates Corvette’s ZR1

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Chevrolet reincarnates Corvette’s ZR1 and is definitely a production version above Z06. For 2009, ZR1 commanded explosive speed as GM confirmed the car was capable of 205 mph producing 638 horse power. This ‘monster motor’ was a supercharged 6.2 L LS9 V8 making this elite Corvette the fastest production Corvette ever! It’s polycarbonate hood displayed a window in the center allowing the engine intercooler to be seen from the outside. Carbon fiber was also used on the roof, fenders, and hood. The hood and fender’s received color, however the roof is given a covering of clear coat exposing the true black color. If you wanted rocketing speed and a throw-back into your seat, ZR1 provided it all chasing down the quarter mile track in just 11.5 seconds at a speed of over 128 mph.


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