The iconic American muscle car has presence in spaces, and every model has V8 power. It comes with a decent amount of luxury kit as standard, too.
The driving experience is bitterly disappointing on most models, and so is the build quality. It’ll cost you a bomb to buy and run, too.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
All Corvettes come with a V8 engine. The entry-level car and the Grandsport both have a 424bhp 6.2 that can get you from 0-60mph in around 4 seconds, but they don’t feel as fast as the numbers suggest. The ZO6 has a 7.0-litre engine with 498bhp, which feels every bit as fast as the numbers suggest. The ZR1 is even faster thanks to its 629bhp supercharged 6.2.
Ride & Handling
On standard suspension, the Corvette is disappointing on both counts. The ride is horribly uncomfortable, the handling is sloppy and the steering is slow and inert. The ZO6 and ZR1 have an adaptive suspension that improves things significantly - you can have some fun and the ride won’t drive you insane. Even on this setup, though, the Corvette is no match for most similarly priced supercars.
The Corvette doesn’t really do refinement as such. The engines are designed to be as loud and as brash as possible, and they certainly deliver on that score. Unfortunately, the noise is accompanied by way too much vibration and a clunky, truck-like gearshift. There’s some wind noise on the motorway, but you’ll barely hear it over the huge amount of road noise kicked up by the fat tyres.