2012 Chevrolet Corvette | new car review

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 by

The Corvette is an iconic American sports car that offers supercar styling and entertaining performance at a bargain price. In fact the Corvette has been known to compete neck and neck in terms of performance with exotic European sports cars costing up to four times its price. The two-seater rear wheel drive Corvette is available either in or body style. For the performance oriented the more powerful Corvette Z06 and the super car status Corvette ZR1 are also available.

Even the standard Corvette packs a punch with a powerful 430bhp, 6.2-litre V8 engine mated to a six-speed, short throw manual gearbox, with launch control. A six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is optional.

While the Corvette has faced criticism in the past for its handling, the 2010 model features a host of improvements aimed to make the Corvette a nimble yet surefooted performer. A magnetic ride control suspension is available as an option and is claimed to improve ride with its multiple settings.

The Z06 boasts a 7.0-litre V8 engine with 505bhp, a six-speed manual gearbox and a performance-enhancing equipment package. The range topping ZR1 houses a mighty supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine with 677bhp of power at its disposal. It also comes with lots of kit included in the ZR1 performance package such as magnetic ride control, larger Brembo brakes and sport tyres.

Standard equipment on the 2012 Corvette includes xenon headlamps, sound system, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button starter, leather seats, power driver’s seat, cruise control, and 18-inch front and 19-inch rear alloy wheels. Safety kit includes traction control, ABS, dual front airbags and side airbags. A variety of options are also available for buyers to enhance the Corvette’s performance and comfort.

Specifications

Price: AED 230,000 – AED 510,000

Engines

6.2-litre V8
Max power:
430bhp
Max torque: 574Nm

7-litre V8
Max power:
505bhp
Max torque: 637Nm

6.2-litre supercharged
Max power:
638bhp
Max torque: 819Nm

Transmission

6-speed manual
6-speed automatic

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