2007 Chevrolet Corvette - It's All In The Details

CF Gives You The Lowdown On The New '07 Corvette

Alan Colvin Mar 5, 2007 0 Comment(s)
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An AM/FM radio with CD player and MP3 capability is standard. New technology enhances conventional radio reception. An improved optional Bose audio system with an in-dash six-disk changer and XM Satellite Radio (continental U.S. only) add to the choices available to the audiophile owner. New for 2007, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls are included with the Bose premium system.

A full-function OnStar system and an onboard navigation system are available. Using a 6.5-inch (165 mm) color touch-screen display, the DVD-based system contains all the map data for the 48 contiguous states and most of Canada on one disk.

The Corvette coupe and convertible suspension cradles, control arms, knuckles, springs, dampers, bushings, stabilizer bars, and steering gear have all been redesigned for 2007. New Goodyear Extended Mobility Tires (EMT) also take advantage of the latest sidewall design and compound technology for run-flat capabilities.

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Three suspension choices allow drivers to choose the setup that best suits their driving style. The standard suspension is tuned for a balance of ride comfort and precise handling. Corvette is now more poised at even higher handling levels, yet easier to drive.

The optional Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension features magneto-rheological dampers able to detect road surfaces and adjust the damping rates to those surfaces almost instantly for optimal ride control. For 2007, cross-drilled brake rotors are now included when this feature is selected to allow customers to combine the larger brakes from the Z51 performance package with the comfort of Magnetic Selective Ride Control.

The Z51 Performance Package brings coupe and convertible performance close to the widely admired previous generation Z06. The Z51 offers more aggressive dampers and springs, larger stabilizer bars, Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar EMT tires, enhanced cooling, and larger cross-drilled brake rotors (13.4 inches/340 mm in front and 13 inches/330 mm in rear) for optimum track performance while still providing a comfortable ride.

With each suspension, three standard dynamic chassis control systems-anti-lock braking, traction control, and Active Handling-operate in concert. In all, the dynamic chassis control systems are smarter, less intrusive, and more adept at making the total driving experience precisely what drivers have come to expect from their Corvette.

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Corvette Z06 Details
As the fastest, most technologically advanced production model in Corvette's 54-year history, the '07 Corvette Z06 offers an unprecedented level of capability and technology, making it one of the best performance values on the market. And with an exterior design incorporating aerodynamic features that were codeveloped with the Le Mans winning C6.R race car, the '07 Z06 has a visual attitude that always looks ready to demonstrate Corvette's winning attitude to any challenger around the globe.

The Z06's LS7 7.0L engine delivers 505 hp (377 kW) in a 3,132-pound (1,421 kg) package-a combination that delivers 0-60 performance of 3.7 seconds in first gear, quarter-mile times of 11.7 seconds at 125 mph and a top speed of 198 mph (as recorded on Germany's Autobahn). It provides maximum lateral acceleration of 1.04 g and 60-0 braking in 111.3 feet; it also circuited Germany's famed Nrburgring in a time of 7:43. Along with astounding performance, Corvette Z06 also returns surprising fuel economy of 26 mpg on the highway and avoids the gas guzzler tax common on the world's supercars.


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