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1966 Chevrolet Corvette: Performance Tested — The Old Girl Gets to the Driver's Heart

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,127
edited August 2015 in Chevrolet


This is a moment months is the making. We finally get to see how our 1966 Chevrolet Corvette performs at the test track, in all its bias-ply glory. Josh Jacquot raced it down the drag strip, drifted around the skid pad and hurried it through the slalom.

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  • I think the weight on the Camry is wrong...4600 pounds is a lot, maybe 3600
  • cameronrcameronr Posts: 38

    I think the weight on the Camry is wrong...4600 pounds is a lot, maybe 3600

    I mistakenly quoted the GVWR. The correct weight is 3,448. A correction is incoming. Thanks!
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  • metalmaniametalmania Posts: 167
    I'm kind of impressed that 50 years later, with all the "stuff" that comes in a modern Corvette, it's still less than 200 pounds heavier than the '66. And the '66 is still a great looking car. Is it possible to mod it to take modern tires?
  • texasestexases Posts: 9,334
    Corvettes are about the best cars for minimizing weight gain. Not much else compares. For example the 911 went from about 2500 to 3100 lbs in the same period 
  • Put some modern rubber and then do these same tests. I am genuinely interested in how much tire technology itself has improved overall car performance.
  • dm7279dm7279 Posts: 63

    Put some modern rubber and then do these same tests. I am genuinely interested in how much tire technology itself has improved overall car performance.

    Agree! I bet modern rubber would knock off 0.5 second on the 0-60 and bring the handling numbers at least in line with the Camry. It's amazing how far we've come.
  • ebeaudoinebeaudoin NE IllinoisPosts: 509

    Put some modern rubber and then do these same tests. I am genuinely interested in how much tire technology itself has improved overall car performance.

    I agree with this sentiment. I'd also really like to see this car on the dyno. Gross vs. net horsepower is quite a difference.
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