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2008 Chevrolet Corvette C6: the Regular Car Review

Assembled at GM's Bowling Green, Kentucky plant, the sixth generation of America's favorite sports car was the first Vette with exposed headlamps since the original 1953-1962 model. Produced between 2005 through 2013, the C6 was built in lots of variants, including the Z06, ZR1, Grand Sport and 427 Convertible.
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A 6.0-liter LS2 V8 mill with an output of 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque was the entry-level offering on the 2005 to 2007 model years. The engine range also included poweplants such as the LS3 (2008-2013MY), LS7 (2006-2013MY) and the mighty LS9 (2009-2013MY).

The daddy of all C6 Corvette variants was the 2009 ZR1 equipped with the monstrous 6.2-liter LS9 V8, churning out 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft (819 Nm) of torque. With a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ZR1 was a much cheaper alternative to the ultra expensive supercars of the era like the Ferrari Enzo and Porsche Carrera GT.

And this is the thing with Corvettes - they're high performance vehicles that require very low, inexpensive maintenance, while offering unrivalled bang for the buck. Another core characteristic of the iconic Vette is that it represents one of the few fast machines that drives you more than you drive it, without overwhelming you. That's the nature of it.

Compared to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray, the C6 features a less-than-imaginative interior, with plastics and materials of a questionable quality. And don't get us started on how awful was the six-speed paddle-shift slush box that most customers opted for over the better designed and faster stick shift alternative.

Now that the crash course has reached its finale, we recommned you grab a hot drink, sidle up in your seat and absorb the amusing Regular Car video review of the C6 Vette below.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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