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2011 Chevrolet Corvette

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2011 Chevrolet Corvette Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

Once hailed as America's only true two-seat sports car, the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette continues to offer driving enthusiasts the most bang for the buck, running neck-and-neck (and in some cases surpassing) exotic cars costing up to four times as much – or even more. No where else but in America can you find a two-seat sports car costing roughly $50,000 and delivering 430 horsepower while returning an EPA highway fuel economy figure of 26 miles per gallon. Although not as light or nimble as the Porsche 911, the Corvette Grand Sport delivers a track-ready performer, while the car's luxurious interior and comfortable ride make it perfect for daily commutes or long weekend getaways. For those willing to spend a lot more, there's the 505 horsepower Z06, and the supercar-status ZR1.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you love your cars American and iconic, the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car purist's dream come true. Drivers experience awesome V8 power, amazing handling and an interior filled with enough creature comforts to rival some luxury cars.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Though its handling is admirable, fans of lighter, more nimble sports cars may find the Corvette's size ponderous in tight turns.

What's New for 2011

There are a number of changes for the 2011 Corvette, most notably the availability of contrasting headlamp housing, cross-drilled brake rotors, Magnetic Ride Control on Grand Sport (includes Goodyear F1 Supercar Gen II tires when equipped with a manual transmission), and a six-speed paddle shift automatic transmission. The Z06 receives standard F1 tires and a newly tuned exhaust, while a new Z07 and Carbon Fiber Package are added to the option's list.

Driving the Corvette

Driving Impressions With all the high-tech performance enhancements given the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette, significant improvements, especially in the areas of steering and acceleration, are readily appreciated. The 6.2-liter V8 suffers no shortage...

of power, a fact the driver is reminded of with even the slightest touch of the accelerator. There is no need to work hard to "handle" this muscle machine. Instead, it steers with ease and precision, dealing with twists and turns as effortlessly as imaginable. All three of the suspension packages – a base system, Magnetic Ride Control and the Z07 Performance package – are a welcome attribute designed to satisfy a wide range of driving styles, from the casual weekend cruiser to the hard-core track enthusiast. In the sport mode the Corvette grabs the pavement with tenacity, and in touring mode it soaks up road harshness like a large luxury sedan.

Six-Speed Transmission
Chevrolet's latest short-throw six-speed manual transmission makes the shifter in past Corvette models feel like something pulled out of a 1966 Chevy pickup.

Keyless Access with Push Button Start
Keep your keys in your purse or pocket – when you approach the car, you simply reach for a touch-panel in the door handle and the vehicle starts up with the press of a button.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Details
Interior

The Corvette's clean, uncluttered interior is executed using the highest quality parts and trim, bringing it into world-class contention. A handsome Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package (part of the 4LT Package) is well worth the extra cost, adding a dash of elegance to Chevrolet's road warrior. The package adds two-tone leather inserts to the dash and console area, a nice touch for those who prefer to customize their rides. The Corvette's seats are surprisingly supportive yet not so snug as to cinch the driver in place. Interior sound levels are about average for this class, which means the Corvette's cabin can still be noisy at highway speeds.

Exterior

The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette bears a strong family resemblance to previous Corvettes dating back to the ground-breaking 1968 C3 design, although the subtle changes to the exterior make this sixth-generation car a different animal than its predecessors. Overhangs both front and rear are noticeably shorter and the overall look is less boy-racer and more sophisticated sports car. A flush-fitted set of headlamps molded to fit the curving hood line set off the front of the car, a radical departure from the pop-up headlamps gracing the Corvette's design language since 1963. A large removable body-colored roof panel comes standard and can be ordered with tinted glass or in a package that includes one of each (not available on Z06).

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Corvette features a 6.2-liter V8 engine, six-speed manual transmission, traction control, limited-slip rear axle, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), side-impact airbags, xenon headlamps, AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 capability, auxiliary input jack, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar, color-keyed removable roof panel, dual-zone air conditioning, Driver Information Center (DIC), keyless access with push-button starter, leather seats, six-way power driver's seat, cruise control, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel and 18- and 19-inch front and rear alloy wheels, respectively. The Grand Sport adds wider fenders, unique wheels, revised suspension settings, Z06 style front splitter and rear spoiler, larger brakes and specific manual transmission gear ratios (specific rear axle ratios on automatic-equipped models.) The Z06 adds a race-inspired 7.0-liter V8, revised front end, wider rear fenders, 18-inch front and 19-inch rear ten spoke wheels and a track-inspired suspension.

Optional Equipment

Options include a paddle-shift six-speed automatic transmission, Head-Up Display (HUD), Bose audio with six-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Turn-by-Turn and DVD navigation, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, dual-mode exhaust system, transparent roof panel and polished alloy wheels. Also available is the Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package, which adds padded door armrests, custom embroidery on the dash and headrests and two-tone leather-wrapped pieces to the upper and lower instrument panel, door pads and seats. The Z06 offers a number of performance enhancement options including the Z07 Performance Package which adds Brembo ceramic brakes, Magnetic Ride Control, larger Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires, competition gray 20-spoke wheels (19-inch front/20-inch rear), and the CFZ Carbon Fiber Package, with black carbon fiber splitter, rockers, roof panel and body-color, and a ZR1-style full-width rear spoiler.

Under the Hood

Although there is no denying the pleasure a 430-horsepower (436 horsepower with the optional dual-mode exhaust) V8 delivers, with the Corvette you also get a certain lack of refinement. The 6.2-liter LS3 small-block V8 feels gruff at idle and roars loudly when pressed into action. It's a purely American feel that instantly takes one back to the late 1960's muscle car era. Porsche and Jaguar lovers will probably never love this engine, but they can't easily overlook its tremendous performance potential, either. The Z06's 7.0-liter V8 pushes the level of performance and refinement into the realm of the European supercars, delivering exhilarating performance from the Z06's much lighter frame.

6.2-liter V8 LS3
430 horsepower @ 5900 rpm
424 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/26 (manual), 15/25 (automatic)}

7.0-liter V8 LS7
505 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
470 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/24

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2011 Chevrolet Corvette Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 684 Ratings for the 2005 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Awesome, fun, fast and reliable car!

By on Thursday, August 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,250

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my 2011 Grand Sport. I drive it mostly for pleasure but it did do daily driver use for awhile. Mine is the supersonic blue and I have no clue why this color wasn't more popular because it is beautiful, but I am glad it wasn't because it makes my car more unique. It is an amazing value for the money with a great magnetic ride suspension and handles great. I love the C7 and looked at getting one when they came out, but I refuse to pay 100% of retail, let alone paying over sticker. The interior and the electronics on the C7 are nicer, but I don't like the design of the dash on the drivers side. It has an abrupt angle that the door goes under. So instead of getting a C7 I had a Hennessey Performance HPE 600 supercharger and a new shifter installed. A 525 RWHP car that gets 25 plus miles a gallon on the open road! I also installed an Alpine Stereo, speakers and a couple of amplifiers along with front and rear cameras, and it is more than amazing now. The Corvette C6s are wonderful cars and amazing values! If you are looking I highly suggest the Grand Sport, Magnetic Ride and a six speed. If you get the glass roof you will need an after market interior heat shield in the summer. Mine was about $80.00 and looks like the factory interior when it is installed. Without it it gets annoying on a warm day."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Most FUN I've ever had driving!

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Awesome drive and acceleration!"

Cons: "NONE!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 07 Corvette has 12k mi, is fast, fun & reliable. I don't know why I didn't jump on this w/ a C5 15 years ago! I've never had so much fun simply driving! I had said to myself "Self, only drive the car on weekends..." Well, that went out the window a few days after my purchase. It's been a DD and a Corvette summer! Can't imagine driving anything else, except when I have to transport family. I can't wait to get the new C7 Z06!"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

covered and garaged, perfect in and out, 6 speed

By on Sunday, August 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,850

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"performance pkg, 2 tops, chrome wheels, black with ebony interior, heads-up display, 7850 open road miles."

Top performance and looks for$

By on Thursday, July 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Best looks and performance for the money. Comfortable cruiser and very versatile. Glad to take off for a week, weekend or longer in this machine. Returns 28MPG Plus on Highway average 22 around town."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

A blast to drive!!!

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "it's a blast!!!"

Cons: "Wide doors, low profile make parking challenging"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this car for 6 years. It is a blast to drive, especially on long trips. It has plenty of luggage space, and gets 28-30 mpg on trips. Sport suspension makes for a rough ride on rough roads. When you purchase this vehicle, you become a member of a brotherhood/sisterhood of Corvette owners. SAVE THE WAVE!!!"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Fun & great car

By on Thursday, July 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast & Fun"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This my 5th Corvette & it is the most fun I have had in a car since my 1st corvette in 1977. I get compliments on this car all the time. I love the 505 horsepower."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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