2015 Chevrolet Corvette | new car review
* The Corvette offers a drive that is simply intoxicating.
* Comes off as a great value for money proposition.
* Redesigned tail lights have ended the tradition of rounded tail lamps.
For 2015, the typical Corvette body styling remains, while integrating a much more modern and functional body. For instance, the front aero bumper is designed in a way to let air flow into it and out through the hood vents adding downforce to the car. There are inlets on the rear fender, which help cool the differential and the transmission. And then we get to the controversial tail lamps. A lot of wars have been waged over internet forums with fans crying foul over the move away from the round tail lamps. These are functional too. The trademark quad exhausts remain and sit a lot closer together now finishing off a sexy looking behind.
This is where the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette really surprises you. Year after year, the Corvette came out with interiors that would seem out of place even in some of the econoboxes. The transformation here, is night and day. The interior is lined with Nappa leather, aluminium and carbon fibre (optional), neatly laid out controls, extremely comfortable seats that offer plenty of support, and the general fit and finish is what you would expect from a premium German manufacturer.
The car is built on a new stiffer and lighter aluminium frame while at the heart of the car is an all new LT1 V8, good for 455 hp and 623 Nm of torque. The result is a better power to weight ratio than the 911 Carrera. With a near 50:50 weight distribution (slight rear bias) and a beautifully sorted chassis, this American rockstar can go tackle corners effortlessly.
What’s on offer?
Equipped with a 6.2L V8, direct injection engine, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette puts out 455 hp @ 6,500 rpm (460 hp with the performance exhaust) and 623 Nm @ 4,600 rpm. There is an additional Z51 performance package available, which offers slightly different gearing, an electronic limited slip differential, upgraded shocks, bigger brakes and wheels, and lower profile rubber.
The Corvette has always been a fun car to drive. However, you really couldn’t compare it to its much more refined German and even some of its Japanese rivals. It was more muscle and less track machine. With the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet has turned over a new leaf. It is everything the Porsche Cayman is, on a larger scale (it is American after all!). This my friends, really is all that you would expect from a proper sports car. This is a GT, track machine and dragster, all rolled into one. And an extremely good looking one at that!
|Specifications||2015 Chevrolet Corvette|
|Engine/ Cylinders||6.2 litre V8|
|Max Power |
|455 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|623 Nm @ 4,600 RPM|
|Tranmission||7 speed manual / 6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||4.0 secs|
|Top speed||306 km/h|
|Price||AED 297,000 - 335,000|