Even in base form the Corvette is an impressively fast, confident sports car. Moving up the range just adds to the capability, both on the road and on the track, though it adds price as well.
The Corvette range includes three V-8 engines in total: a 6.2-liter LS3 in the base and Grand Sport models, rated at 430 horsepower (or 436 with the dual-mode exhaust upgrade); a 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 good for 505 horsepower in the Z06 and 427 Convertible; and a 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 in the ZR1, rated at a massive 638 horsepower.
They're all quick: the base and Grand Sport models get to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, while the Z06 takes just 3.9 seconds, the ZR1 3.4 seconds, and the 427 Convertible 3.8 seconds.
All Corvette models handle very well, their low height and wide track width making them surprisingly capable in the corners. The Grand Sport offers upgraded handling and braking, with a few track-oriented upgrades as well. The Z06 takes the Corvette to the next level, with a lighter chassis and even more advanced suspension, while the ZR1 is the ultimate Corvette, with all of the Z06's advanced suspension plus its own unique improvements.
Base and Grand Sport Corvettes are available with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions, while Z06, ZR1, and 427 Convertible models are manual-only.