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While the base Corvette and Corvette Grand Sport trims receive some minor interior upgrades, the big news for the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is found on the Corvette Z06 and Corvette ZR1 models. The Corvette Z06 is available with an enhanced Z07 Performance Package with race-track-ready Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and a new Performance Traction Management system, which manages torque delivery to put all that power to the pavement. The Corvette ZR1 receives these same upgrades in the new PDE performance package.
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.
A new, lower-priced LT1 Convertible joins the fleet, while the LT2 version receives as standard a power operated top. New features for the 2009 Corvette include steering-wheel audio control, optional Bluetooth connectivity, a new variable steering ratio and, on the Z06, a new 10.5-quart dry-sump lubrication system. The Z06 and Corvette Coupe also receive a power hatch pull down.
The Corvette receives an all-new 6.2-liter LS3 small-block V8 engine cranking out 430 horsepower and 424 foot-pounds of torque. Chevy engineers have refined the Corvette's shifter for easy operation and also improved the steering feel. Other improvements include keyless entry and start, standard OnStar and XM Satellite Radio, auto-dimming mirror with compass and new split-spoke cast-aluminum wheels.
Once known as America's only two-seat sports car, the 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 muchor even more. No where else but in America can you find a sub-$50,000 sports car delivering 400 horsepower while returning an EPA highway fuel economy figure of 28 miles per gallon. Although not as light or nimble as the Porsche 911, the Corvette's optional Z51 Performance Package renders it track-ready, while the car's luxurious interior and comfortable ride make it perfect for daily commutes or long weekend getaways. Available as a coupe or convertible, the 2007 Corvette remains in a class by itself.