Regardless of its humble beginnings in 1953, the iconic Corvette now boasts itself as the longest-produced sports car. If you’ve seen or experienced the exhilarating drive that a Corvette offers, it shouldn’t surprise you that it was ranked a 9.1 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of 2022’s best roadsters.
U.S. News gave the Corvette a 9.4 performance score – and it’s no secret why. 2020 saw a complete redesign of the Corvette which turned it into a mid-engine sports car. The 6.2-liter V8 LT4 engine is now housed behind the passenger’s seats for increased aerodynamics and performance.
Pushing boundaries is light work for the LT4. A whopping 465 lb-ft of torque and 490 horsepower are routed to the rear wheels, allowing for 0-60 mph in under three exhilarating seconds. The Corvette also embraced an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission this year. Control of this is easily accessed on both the steering wheel and the center console.
The Z51 Performance Package enables even more track-ready capability. It includes handling aids such as stiffer suspension and an electronic limited-slip differential. Upgraded engine cooling and a performance exhaust allow the Corvette to reach its 194 mph track speed more efficiently.
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The Chevrolet Corvette continues to win both hearts and awards. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 earned honors at the 2019 Sport Auto Awards in November, taking home two trophies: one in Convertibles/Roadsters under 150,000 and the other in Euros and Coupes under 150,000 Euros.
The Corvette Z06 boasts a 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 that
delivers 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to that kind of power,
it earned a score of 52.2 percent in the convertibles and roadsters class,
allowing the Corvette Z06 to take the top prize over the Jaguar F-Type SVR and
Maserati GranCabrio. In the coupe class, the Corvette Z06 had a tighter race.
It beat out the F-Type SVR and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye with a
score of 38.7 percent.
This is the 27th year that the German magazine, Sport
Auto, has run the awards, which are calculated in a reader’s choice format.
Readers chose from a field of 238 vehicles in 18 production and 10 tuning
vehicle categories Almost 13,000 readers participated this year in the voting
process, which is held every year in November.
Chevrolet is planning to release a new Corvette, which will
be the most powerful version of the Corvette Stingray ever made. It’s capable
of producing 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. With stats like that, more
awards are surely in Chevrolet’s future.