• November 24, 2009

2010 Chevrolet Corvette

2010 Chevrolet Corvette

The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette has just recently hit the market, and this is definitely one of the best performance bargains out there. The Z06 is one of the world’s best motors, and the ZR1 is just too amazing to describe. There are many positives to this car – the acceleration is tremendous, the soundtrack is great, it has high handling capabilities, plus the trunk is a large one. The cons of the car include its not-so-nimble handling, and rather bad interiors.

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Now let’s talk about the car in detail. Well, the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette gets launch control on all the manual-transmission models, the old Z51 performance package is replaced by a Grand Sport variant. There is also a Performance Traction Management system for the ZR1. For the Z06, you get a Cashmere interior color option, as well as the standard side airbags. The driving of this car is amazing – even five minutes behind the wheel will do the trick for you, you will find yourself not wanting to drive any other car. For this car, driving is believing – and the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette is truly a style icon in itself. In any form, the car is fast, it keeps to the road rather well, and it’s pleasant driving it.

The launch control is quite handy for the acceleration times, and the Grand Sports edition is a great improvement on the Z51 package (that has now been discontinued), and it pairs the base engine with unique exterior styling cues, a sport-tuned suspension, Z06 styled wheels, tires and brakes, aggressive gearing, and even the oiling system is of the dry-sump style.

If you are thinking of the ZR1, there is a sophisticated Performance Traction Management system, which lets the driver choose from five models – Wet, Dry, Sport with Active Handling, Sport without Active Handling, and Race, which, for specific conditions, optimizes the power delivery. However the power ratings of this car aren’t too good. The base 6.2 liter V8 gives 430 horsepower.

All said and done, the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette is good value for money, it’s two-seater, and also available as a coupe with a removable roof panel (for the base and GS only), a fixed-roof coupe or a convertible. Trim levels include the base Corvette (1LT), Grand Sport (GS), Z06 and ZR1. The current convertible has features like a hideaway top, and for the 2010 model, there is a Z06 styled rear spoiler.

In the 1LT coupe and the convertible, there are 18 inch front allow wheels, and 19 inch rears, as well as cruise control, xenon headlamps, keyless ignition entry, OnStar, six-way power driver seat, full power accessories, leather seating, manual tilt steering wheel, and even a dual-zone automatic climate control. The car also comes with standard seven-speaker audio system, which has a CD Mp3 player, a satellite radio, as well as steering-wheel mounted controls and an auxiliary audio jack.

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In the 2LT package, you get Bluetooth and also perforated power leather sports seat, which has power-adjustable lumbar support and side bolsters. There is a power-operated top for the convertible with the 2LT package. When it comes to the 3LT, there is much more equipment – like head up display, power telescoping steering column with manual tilting, heated seats, driver memory settings, and even a wonderful Bose audio system! Finally, the 4LT has an exclusive two-tone leather interior (leather covers the dash top, the console storage cover, and also the thickly padded armrests.)

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If you are thinking of the GS, you can go for either the coupe or the convertible, with the same four equipment packages, but there is also a sport-tuned suspension which does away with the previous year’s Z51 suspension option, there are also front fender strips and vents, plus a wider front and rear fenders, as well as Z06 style front splitter and tall rear spoiler, unique allow wheels, Z06 sized brakes, also specific manual transmission gear ratios and a specific rear axle ratio on automatic equipped models. The coupe-only Z06 has 7.0 liter V8, more muscular rear fenders, a fixed rood, and nicer bodywork, plus a much lighter frame and body panels.


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