A classic American sports car made since 1953 by the Chevrolet division of GM. Always two doors, always two seats, always popular and cool. Small block V8s since 55, IRS since 63, 4-wheel disc brakes since 65, fuel injection since 57 (and again in 82), and high performance since day one. Okay, so maybe the original I6 auto model wasn't too fast, but hey, what the hell.

Anyway, the Corvette (or 'Vette') is currently in its 6th generation bodystyle, and features a 6.0l (366ci) OHV V8 constructed from aluminum and featuring EFI, a large dual exhaust system, among other things. The suspension is fully independent and has thick sway bars at both ends. For brakes, big vented discs clamped by multi-piston calipers, along with standard 4-channel ABS. Transmission choices include the standard 6-speed manual (which gets the T-top 28mpg) or (new for 06) and 6-speed automatic. Performance is just great, with 60mph coming the under 4.5 seconds, and capable of reaching 186mph. .95g is normal for a C6, and the brakes can stop this car from near freeway speeds in 120ft. or less. All of this for a lil over $40k. Almost half the price of a new 911. And less than half the price of the poorly-performing Acura NSX (290hp for $90k, Jesus Christ!)
General Corvette Info:

C1: 1953-1962
C2: 1963-1967
C3: 1968-1982
C4: 1984-1996
C5: 1997-2004
C6: 2005-now

Top/bottom engine options-
C1: 360hp 327ci fuel-injected, 150hp I6 3x1-bbl carbs
C2: 435hp 427ci 3x2-bbl carbs, 250hp 327ci 1x4-bbl carb
C3: 435hp 427ci 3x2-bbl carbs, 155hp 350ci 1x4-bbl carb
C4: 405hp 350ci EFI, 205hp 350ci TBI
C5: 405hp 346ci EFI, 345hp 346ci EFI
C6: 505hp 428ci EFI, 400hp 366ci EFI

1953: 0-60 in ~11s, top speed ~110mph
1957: 0-60 in ~6s, top speed ~135mph
1967: 0-60 in ~5s, top speed ~150mph
1977: 0-60 in ~7s, top speed ~135mph
1996: 0-60 in ~5s, top speed ~170mph
2006: 0-60 in ~4s, top speed ~200mph

I have determined that the following facts are appropriate for the general public to view:

Horsepower per dollar-
Acura NSX: 290hp for $89k- $307hp/hp
C6 Corvette: 400hp for $44k- $110/hp
Dodge Viper: 510hp for $83k- $162/hp
Ferrari F430: 483hp for $182k- $377/hp

Just the facts- no bull.
by 123123123 February 25, 2006
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best car ever made, no imports stand a chance against them and if you think you can take on a corvette with your rice burner than you have no idea what you are getting your self into.
Honda driver: o shit its a corvette i better get the fuck out of here
Corvette driver: yeah you better leave, pussy
by kyle July 11, 2004
What you COULD have bought after you flushed all that dough down the toilet putting after-market shit all over a Honda Civic.
Owner of the fastest Civic in the world:" Wow, I could've had a V8!"
Owner of a Corvette: (Could not be reached for comment because the Civic couldn't catch the Vette)
by I smell rice burning! June 04, 2003
An American made car, produced by Chevrolet. Characterized by its sharklike styling and, in modern guise, rear-wheel drive layout powered by GM's small block. Competent in handling/cornering, braking, acceleration. In Z06 guise, this vehicle can hang with even the best through the turns with outstanding braking and producing over 1.0G of lateral acceleration.
'Vette owner: That's really too bad that the kid thought my car couldn't corner as well as his Nissan Skyline R-34.

Traffic Cop: Yeah, I know. Nissan hasn't really had any success running the R390 in any competition, yet Chevrolet has been dominating with its C5-R. Oh well, let's go unwrap his poor toy from around that lightpost ... *sigh* ... these kids really should stick to front-wheel drive cars.

'Vette Owner : tell me about it
by opium June 23, 2003
Destroyer of japanese cars which are twice its cost.(including skyline and NSX)

This has been proven by roadNtrack and carNdriver
The nsx was beaten by the z06 in every category, the fanboys cried.
by Carlover October 30, 2003
A car that has never been used to deliver pizza. Unlike Hondas, Toyotas, Nissans and Mazdas.
Go pizza boy, 30 minutes or its free.
by SuperFast80 October 24, 2003
An American muscle car that has withstood the tests of time. Fast,ellegant and cheap, the Corvette is more then a show car. The Z06 model comes in at about $55,000.00, witch is $45,000.00 less then a porsche or similar exoctic. The car can hand;le the car can accelearate. i own a Mazda RX-7..but I would the vette anyday. Wether your a ricer or a gear head one thing holds true...THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT FOR DISPLACEMENT
by Anonymous July 14, 2003

1. A fast warship that is usually smaller than a frigate but larger than patrol craft. These ships are generally well-armed and in use mostly by smaller navies that do not need or cannot afford larger warships. Corvettes generally carry enough firepower to sink ships many times its size, and can thus provide navies with a symetrical response to a threat for asymetrical cost. They do not have the endurance of larger ships and are therefore not suited for long-term operations (with the possible exception of Israeli corvettes, which, due to their prohibition from the Suez Canal, must travel all the way around Africa to reach their operating areas in the Red Sea).

NATO standard designations are: FS (corvette), and FSG (guided misslie corvette).

1. Corvettes are the largest ships in most Middle Eastern navies, including Israel, Iran and Oman.
by thaks April 10, 2006
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