2012 Centennial Edition ZR1 Corvette – The “Best” C6?

Dateline: 1.20.12

Is this the C6 to the max? We’ll see!

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As I have written many times here, Chevrolet is really on a roll with the special edition Corvettes. I really like these Corvettes and the fact that they’re technically “parts bin” cars, doesn’t bother me in the least. The fact that none of the special edition Corvettes have any horsepower enhancements is irrelevant. It sure would be nice, but after all, Chevrolet isn’t a tuner company. And if 436-hp, or 505-hp, or 638-hp isn’t enough for you, you’re in luck! In the classic small-block Chevy tradition, Chevrolet engineers left plenty of red meat in all three Corvette engines that can be easily extracted without seriously altering the car.

When I wrote my Illustrated Corvette Series No. 177 column for VETTE in October ‘11 covering the 2012 Centennial Edition, there was zero talk about 2013 special editions. And frankly, I wasn’t anticipating the announcement of the 60th Anniversary Special Edition until the Spring. Then in early January, “BAM!” Chevrolet unleashed the 60th Anniversary Edition, plus the delicious 427 Convertible. While I personally like a little more sizzle, the two ‘13 special editions are indeed sweet. But it did complicate the main question of my column, “Is the 2012 Centennial Edition ZR1 the best of the C6 Vettes?” Continue reading “2012 Centennial Edition ZR1 Corvette – The “Best” C6?”

Chevrolet Asks, “What’s the best Chevy of All-Time? We’re asking the same question!

Dateline: 8.31.11
Sorry Corvettes fans. Even with three Corvettes in the running, we got SMOKED!

(Scroll to the bottom of this post to cast your vote in our own CorvetteReport.com poll!)

Chevrolet is in full swing with its 100th birthday celebration. The Centennial Edition option will be available on all 2012 Corvettes and with 6 models of Corvettes (base Corvette Coupe, base Corvette Roadster, Grand Sport Coupe, Grand Sport Roadster, Z06 Corvette, and ZR1 Corvette), plus all the trim and option variations, there’ll be lots of unique Centennial Corvettes.

Chevrolet has also been running a popularity contest, asking, “What’s the best Chevy of all time?” An excellent question for a 100th birthday celebration. Sixteen candidates from the 1912 Classic Six to the 2011 Chevy Volt were chosen for the competition. The contest is now down to the final two candidates and unfortunately for Corvette fans, a Vette is NOT in the final round.

Here are the 16 cars Chevy fans got to vote on.

1. 1912 Classic Six / 2. 1932 Deluxe Sport Roadster
3. 1936 Chevy Suburban / 4. 1948 Chevy Pickup
5. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette / 6. 1957 Chevy Belair
1962 Chevrolet Impala / 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
9. 1964 Chevrolet Malibu / 10. 1969 Chevy K Blazer
11. 1969 Chevy Camaro / 12. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
13. 1989 Chevy Pickup / 14. 2009 Chevrolet ZR1 Corvette
15. 2010 Chevrolet Camaro / 16. 2011 Chevy Volt

The contest is now in the final round and it’s come down to the 1969 Camaro and the 1970 Chevelle SS. Here’s how the three Corvettes fared in the contest:

   * The 1953 Corvette lost in the third round to the 1970 Chevelle SS.
   * The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray lost in the second round to the 1970 Chevelle SS.
   * The 2009 ZR1 Corvette lost in the second round to the 1957 Belair.

What surprised me was that the ‘57 Belair lost in the third round to the ‘69 Camaro. Strictly from a pop culture point, the ‘57 Chevy Belair is arguably the quintessential classic Chevy. Oh well. Continue reading “Chevrolet Asks, “What’s the best Chevy of All-Time? We’re asking the same question!”