Facts & History
The C6 (2005-Present)
The new 2005 coupe and convertible were very well received. The 2005 Corvette featured a new exterior, interior, chassis and dimensions. The front-engine rear-transmission layout of the C5 was retained. The most dramatic change for the 2005 Corvette was the return of the exposed headlights, not seen since the 1962 model. The car’s length was decreased and the wheelbase increased. A new cockpit was created with options including DVD-based navigation, satellite radio, heated seats, and side air-bags. A small block 400hp LS2 engine was standard.
The Z06 engine returned in 2006. This LS7 engine provided the same 427 cubic-inch displacement as the big block 1966-69 Corvettes but was small block based. The front fascia of the Z06 body was unique with a larger grille and cold-air scoop. A power convertible top was offered as an option. In 2007 the power top became standard. Two special editions were offered in 2007. The Ron Fellows ALMS (American LeMans Series) was produced to honor the famed racer and was the first signed limited edition in Corvette history. The production was limited to 399 cars. An Indianapolis 500 convertible pace car replica in Atomic Orange with Ebony seats was offered, and 500 were produced.
In 2008 the base engine was the new LS3 with 430hp. An optional dual exhaust system was offered. The interior was restyled with a new console trim plate, a brushed aluminum shifter, and new metal door sill plates. The LS3 engine remained standard in the 2009 Corvette. The Z06 was offered with a 7 liter LS7 V8 engine with 505hp. The ZR1 with a 6.2 liter 638hp LS9 engine was another option. The ZR1 featured brakes with carbon ceramic matrix rotors, an aluminum frame and a magnesium roof structure. The base price of the 2009 ZR1 was $105,670.
The 2010 Corvette lineup added the Grand Sport, available as a coupe or convertible. The Grand Sport included special styling features, suspension tuning, brakes, and transmission gearing. These models have a 430hp 6.2 liter V8 engine.
In 2011 Chevrolet added a new package to fill the gap between the Z06 and ZR1. The Ultimate Performance package for the Z06 added the ZR1's adaptive dampers, carbon-ceramic brakes, wheels and tires.
Both the base Corvette and the Grand Sport models continued with the 6.2-liter 430-horsepower (321 kW) 424 lb.-ft. of torque (575 Nm) LS3 V-8 engine in 2012. The 2012 Centennial Edition Corvette featured Carbon Flash Metallic paint, satin-black graphics, satin-black wheels, unique badges, special-trimmed interior and Magnetic Selective Ride Control.
Rumored to be coming soon is the C7 Corvette which will be available in two designs: a traditional front engine model and a limited edition, mid-engine model.