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Corvettes and all things about them



  • I don't think, personally, that a Mustang is in the same class as a Corvette. I see these as two different types of cars built for different purposes.

    A Corvette is a serious "sports car" in the true sense of the word.
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,286
    I think the Mustang is closer to the Camaro in terms of its philosophy and driving dynamics.
  • Well you can try to drive a Mustang or Camaro 175 mph...lotsa luck with that. :P
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,286
    It's not even the top speed. It's the turns that bring out the differences in handling, methinks :)

    I currently have a 2006 C6, and have greatly enjoyed every one of the 26000 miles that I've put on it. Although, I must formally say that I have NEVER exceeded any speed limits! ;)

    PS: The top speed of a C6 is about 186 mph.
  • Yeah but you could bake a pizza in the time it might take to get to that last 10 mph.

    As I'm sure you know, the HP required as the speed goes up, requires exponential calculation, not linear.
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,286
    Well, actually, you can bake a pizza on the center console even at 55 mph, it gets so hot anyway! :)

    You are absolutely correct about the exponential function of course. I think the threat of jail and vehicle confiscation is a great speed limiter regardless of the top speed potential of any one of these three cars.
  • I have a friend who races his C5 in those crazy Nevada road racing affairs. That'd be a legal way to stretch your C6s legs.
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,286
    Yep, that's on my personal "bucket list".
  • He did blow up two engines already however :(
    His engine is stock and I don't think it's really built for that level of extreme use.
  • Yes you are absolutely right, and it seems that as far as an American sports cars all we have now is the Corvette, the Dodge Viper, and the Cadillac XR7, there were quite a few other 2 seater sports cars that were discontinued for a variety of reasons.
    One of my other favorites was the Plymouth Prowler that I believed could have been a great sports car if it had a bigger engine and a smaller price.
    The Pontiac Solstice was another (I had one) but lacked the room for luggage for trips.
    The Dodge Viper has an excessive engine (V10) they should be able to do with 8 cylinders what they are now doing with 10 cylinders after all Corvette has been doing that for years.
  • Since we are talking about the new Camaro VS the new Mustang, I feel that the Camaro is a better car because it does share the engines of the Corvette and other mechanical parts and also gives you a back seat.
  • Oh did you mean Cadillac XLR? I don't consider that a sports car myself.

    The Viper, definitely, and a brute, too.

    Really, if we are talking about a refined, comfortable and yet true and serious sports car that you can track, Corvette is the only American one we have.
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    edited March 2010
    " ... serious sports car that you can track, Corvette is the only American one we have. "

    Ah, don't tell that to the Viper folks that spend time on track, very fast but tough
    to drive. The benefit of the C5 coupe is that while having adequate HP it is fairly
    easy to drive on track. Even at places like Sears Point (Infineon) that are much
    more of a challenge technically and closed in with more concrete than most road courses.
    Even the C5 Z and C6 coupe are pretty tame with their extra HP. I don't even want
    to discuss the C6Z which can get out of shape very easily, did just enough right
    seat time to want to stay away from those who are new to the track. But at about
    3400+lbs with driver, all of them are hard pressed to stay with a full race prep Miata
    on race tires on a tight track. Somebody once praised lightness, spending time
    in anything over about 2000lbs and you begin to define sports cars as those that
    get close to that figure. The recent gen's of Corvette are lots of fun and great
    touring cars. Too bad the more recent American offerings didn't show more

  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,688
    edited March 2010
    True enough....and I did warn the Viper owners by using the words "refined" and "comfortable", which not even the most diehard Viper owner would pin to their cars.

    Sears is a very technical track indeed. I still like Laguna, even after they changed it. I got pretty good (for me, I mean) on the corkscrew, in an open wheel car. With a Corvette, I dunno, I wouldn't be so frisky on that part of the track.
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    Actually in the C5 the corkscrew is a hoot! Get the entry (blind) right and pick up
    the visual cue at the bottom, one of the Oaks, and you can dump it over under
    some throttle and power out carrying much more speed than T9 will allow. If you
    look at a data system log you can see that it is much straighter than you might
    even consider from late apex on the left berm to having your right side come down
    just over on the right berm and you start to turn right after car gets on full pavement
    again. It took several years to get it right, but it is almost as much fun as the
    carousel at Sears Point.
    Turns out that at LS turn 4 seems to be the nemesis for Vettes, another one
    bought the inside wall there last week and I know of several others who have
    left an impact on both the inside and outside wall. Late apex solves that but
    some get wound up in the moment and lifting at any point is not advised.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,688
    Yep, lifting on a car like that is usually a very bad idea.
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,837
    edited March 2010
    During the 1990s, I got to drive the track for half a day in a formula-ford limited to 75 mph. I would enter the corkscrew at maybe 15 mph and would still be terrified every time at that speed.

    Also on many weekends I attended races at Laguna Seca and liked to watch cars exiting the corkscrew and into the next turn where there were many small bumps.

    One thing that impressed me was how much more composed the BMW 5-series cars were on that part of the track, compared to all the Corvettes. The Corvettes skipped and skittered all over that section of track, losing traction, losing speed. The BMW M5s displayed none of that behavior - total composure - totally stuck to the road - blatantly faster than the vettes through that section of track on every lap.
  • higgy62higgy62 Posts: 5
    Could there be such a thing that I had the vehicle running when I filled it with fuel? (I know your not supposed to do that). If it ran it's test with it being fueled then there would be no pressure on the system. Just "what if ing".
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,837
    Yes, I understand that refueling with the engine running could cause a gas-cap "evap leak" code.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    You posted the same problem in two different topic areas.

    And, yes, if you fuel while running it definitely will set the check engine light.

    The 'run its test' is when Onstar contacts the car and uploads certain info from the 'computer'. It does this one time a month. If you do not have Onstar active it will not do this upload. Having the cap off will not set a code during the upload (unless the engine is running), it only uploads codes previously set.
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