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STYLING | 9 out of 10
Overall look is less boy-racer and more sophisticated sports car
Kelley Blue Book
Z06 and ZR1 look too much like the standard Corvette
“The introduction of the Grand Sport is the first time the more aggressive Z06's style will be available with an open top”
The Chevrolet Corvette is American sports car legend, and the latest C6 model only improves on the remarkable credentials of past generations. The C6 features much edgier styling than the C5 it replaces, as well as an improved interior.
The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette lineup has been expanded with the introduction of the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe and Convertible. According to reviewers at Edmunds, the "2010 Chevrolet Corvette is available as a two-seat Coupe or Convertible," while available "trim levels include the standard Corvette, Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1." Both the base Chevrolet Corvette and new Grand Sport is available with the Convertible body style, and Edmunds notes that the base Coupe "is actually more of a targa, as it comes with a removable body-color roof panel," offering the security of a fixed roof and the convenience of open-air driving when the sun is out. Cars.com says that "many familiar styling cues highlight the latest Corvette, but the current generation is the first one since 1962 with fixed headlights."
Every model in the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette lineup just screams "speed," and while reviews read by TheCarConnection.com contain lots of love for the base Corvette’s styling, some reviewers feel that GM hasn’t distinguished the more expensive variants enough. Edmunds says that the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Z06 models "look too much like the standard Corvette," though the body panels differ in their construction. ConsumerGuide reports that the ZR1 incorporates "lightweight carbon-fiber on the hood, roof panel, roof bow, front fascia splitter, and rocker moldings," but despite the change in materials, the overall styling is quite similar to the base Corvette. Motor Trend contends it doesn’t help now that “the Grand Sport allows buyers of a base Corvette the ability to enjoy the killer wide-body stance and presence of a Z06 in a less extreme package.” Cars.com notes that the major differences between the Z06 and the regular Chevrolet Corvette are "wheel-opening extensions at the front and rear and a front splitter," which play a large part in explaining why "the Z06 is three inches wider than other Corvettes." The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 also features what Jalopnik reviewers call a "tacky Lexan hood window" that lets curious onlookers get a glimpse of the supercharger’s intercooler system, though many reviewers question its styling appeal.
While the older Corvettes leave much to be desired when it comes to interior styling, designers of the latest C6 sixth-generation model attempt to address many of the common criticisms. The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette is certainly improved, but the design, whose basic form first appeared in 2005, is starting to show its age. Cars.com loves how "the dashboard carries on the Corvette’s dual-cockpit theme with a two-tone split.” Kelley Blue Book raves about the "clean, uncluttered interior." Others, such as Edmunds, even call the interior "quite plain," but ConsumerGuide gives the Chevrolet Corvette high marks for its "clear gauges with mostly logical controls." The only major criticism concerns the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, which has a base interior that's "cheap and nasty," according to Jalopnik. One styling touch that carries over from the fifth-generation Corvette is an optional heads-up display, which ConsumerGuide says "is quite useful" and "shows vehicle and engine speeds" without requiring drivers to take their eyes off the road.
The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette looks good in any trim level, but its interior still doesn’t have what it takes to match the sexy exterior.