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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Preview

PROs: The key features of a race car like the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette are necessarily stashed away under the hood and below the body. Let’s start under the hood. For the 2015 models, this American sports icon packs a V8 engine developing a minimum 455 horsepower, matched with an excellent 7-speed manual transmission. The there’s under the body also, because the Corvette’s suspension makes for absolutely astonishing road handling. Finally, it’s obvious that the price/performance rate is among the best on offer, especially when compared to European competitors in this category.

CONs: Even if previous generation components are no longer present on the 2015 model, (besides the mechanics, obviously) there’s no avoiding the fact that the Chevrolet Corvette has had a less-than-enviable reputation, particularly over the past few years. The engineers have tried hard to trim the Corvette’s weight, but to no avail: the Corvette is still an imposing beast and tips the scales a little too heavily.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Price: GM has not yet announced the price-list for the diverse range of 2015 Corvette models, which will most probably be marketed only at the end of 2014.

Fuel Economy: Considering the fact that the Corvette V8 engine deactivates 4 of its cylinders at highway speed, there’s good reason to expect reasonable fuel consumption…as long as you go easy on the accelerator.

Improvements and Changes: Practically all components on the Corvette have been overhauled, with the exception of the mechanics.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Powertrain: Under the hood of its 2015 Corvette, GM went with a 6.2 L DOHC V8 which delivers 455 horsepower. This engine is coupled with a 7-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with manual mode and selection buttons on the steering wheel. The Z51 version adds another 5 horsepower boost. As for the Z06, the V8 6.2L aluminum block cranks out 625 horsepower and at least 635 lb-ft of torque. This engine is matched with a 7-speed manual or 8-speed paddle-shift automatic.

Cargo Capacity: We still don’t have any data related to the 2015 Corvette’s cargo capacity, but there’s every reason to expect something very similar given the intended role of the car.

Safety: Regarding safety, the 2015 Corvette features ABS, assist braking, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability control and anti-skid acceleration.

Comparing the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette: In this supercar category you’ll find the Dodge Viper, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren and others.