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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
an interior filled with more creature comforts than some luxury cars.
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Options add up quickly, as they did on the test car, but the basic goodness is there for the entry-level sticker, and adding features did not necessarily add to my enjoyment and appreciation of the car.
For the ZR1, Chevy has added a sophisticated Performance Traction Management system that allows drivers to select from five modes (Wet, Dry, Sport with Active Handling, Sport without Active Handling, Race) that optimize power delivery for specific conditions.
Magnetic Ride Control is available on Grand Sport models and includes Goodyear F1 Supercar Gen 2 tires with the manual transmission. Radios on models with the navigation system add a USB port and audio input jack.
The standard seven-speaker audio system includes a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, steering-wheel-mounted controls and an auxiliary audio jack.
The 2011 Corvette packs a solid standard features list and, thanks to a wide range of models and styles, offers a configuration for most budgets.
The standard Corvette coupe starts from $48,930, the convertible from $53,580, the Grand Sport from $54,770, and its convertible variant from $58,850. Moving up to the Z06 kicks the entry price to $74,285, and the powerhouse ZR1 starts from $106,880. The base and Grand Sport models are available in four trims each: 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, and 4LT, each upgrading standard features and luxury items. The Z06 is available in three trims: 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ, mirroring the base model trims. The ZR1 features two trims, the 1ZR and 3ZR, offering a choice between performance-focused and luxurious.
Across the entire range, standard features include an MP3/CD stereo system, XM Satellite Radio, auxiliary audio input, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, leather seats, steering wheel audio controls, and a six-way power driver's seat.
Optional upgrades include a heads-up instrument display, power passenger seat,
heated seats, leather upgrade package, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, and a range of interior and exterior appearance packages. These features can be added through the various trim levels, or “Preferred Equipment Groups,” as Chevrolet refers to them.
The heads-up display deserves special mention, as it's a feature found most often only in high-end luxury cars. It's available in the base and Grand Sport coupes and convertibles in the 3LT and 4LT trims, and as standard equipment on the Z06 and ZR1. Turn-by-turn DVD navigation is also available, but the small screen and low-resolution display keep it from reaching must-have status. An aftermarket solution may be a better option.
When traffic forces you to slow the pace in the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette, there's still plenty of cool toys to keep you entertained.