The Corvette C6 is a genuine icon. It combines unique, instantly recognisable styling with brute force from the 6.2 V8 engine, and it corners well, too.
Running costs are astronomical because of poor fuel economy, short service intervals and a high CO2 output. Interior quality, though improved recently, is way short of what it should be.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
With 6.2 litres, eight cylinders, 436bhp and 425lb ft of pulling power, you can show the ’Vette any custard and it’ll rip the skin right off it. Acceleration is rapid at any speed in five of the six forward gears, sixth being a cruising gear only. The gearshift itself is merely adequate, and can require a hefty shove to engage.
Ride & Handling
No longer is the Corvette just a straightline dragster, with a pathological hatred of corners. Now it’s grippy, agile and well behaved – to a point. Introduce bumps into the equation and progress can become unruly. The steering is sharp and accurate and offers some feedback.
With the roof panel in place, cruising is a hushed affair, with only road noise making its presence heard. Put your foot down and the rumble from that V8 engine comes to the fore, which is to its credit. Take the hard-top roof panel off and wind noise is too prevalent at speed, but reduce your pace and calmness returns. There's also a folding-roof convertible.