Corvette Loveland CO
Fort Collins, CO
2003 Chevrolet Corvette Performance Sports Car
So cinch that seatbelt tightly, adjust the sculptured sports seat and all mirrors until they're just right, then send a wake up call to 350 hearty horses -- and hang on to your teeth because this mechanical animal can fly across the landscape, pulling G-forces through your eyeballs as you power up a straightaway.
Take even a short spin and you'll fall head over heels in lust, but spend some serious seat time with this power monster, as we did recently in performance tests conducted at a private motorsports park in Michigan beyond the suburbs of Motor City, and you'll crave its addictive muscle.
Chevrolet's Corvette seems like something out of a fine dream. It's also all-American, this country's true sports car, with 2003 issues marking the golden anniversary with 50 years of production.
Corvette for 2003 attains the peak of performance and automotive sophistication with five models including the hatchback coupe and convertible plus special 50th Anniversary Edition coupe and convertible and the Z06 hardtop coupe with even more power points added to position it in the exotic club of plus-400 hp rippers.
The 50th Anniversary Edition coupe and convertible celebrate Corvette's heritage, which traces through five different platforms labeled successively from C1 through the current style of C5.
In spotlighted displays at Kentucky's National Corvette Museum -- which stands within sight of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant where this iconic American sports car comes together -- visitors can view each generational edition.
The museum display begins with the initial fiberglass-body Corvette classic of 1953, followed by the Sting Ray rendition of 1963. Then there's the refresher Ray from 1968 that established prec...
2008 Chevrolet Corvette New Car Reviews Prices Price Quote loans Lease Auto Insurance
By Derek Price
What was tested? 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 3LT ($60,525).
Options: Magnetic selective ride control ($1,995), automatic transmission ($1,250), navigation system ($1,750), polished 18-inch wheels ($1,295).
Price as tested: $66,815.
There's no other car like the Chevy Corvette.
If you're looking for, say, a mid-size luxury car, you'll find a Cadillac CTS, BMW 5-Series, Mercedes E-Class and Lexus ES are all basically the same thing. Sure, there will be differences in their prices, performance and gizmos, but the overall driving experience is rather predictable.
Get behind the wheel of a 'Vette, though, and you'll soon realize there's absolutely no other car like this on the planet.
It's a blue-collar supercar.
Its engine is like a killer dump truck from hell. Blip the throttle, and it sounds like God hocking a loogie. It's the raw, raucous, nasty, wonderful sound of 430 horsepower belching out the exhaust pipes, emitting one of the most frightening melodies in the automotive world.
Combine all that power with a featherweight body, skateboard suspension, go-kart steering and jumbo-jet tires, and you've got a vehicle like absolutely no other on the road.
That's the mystique of the Corvette. You can find faster cars than this $47,000 Chevy, but they usually cost twice as much. You can also find cars that are more refined, and certainly more comfortable.
But really, why would you want to?
Few sports cars test the limits of your driving skills like this one. Normally I enjoy turning off the traction control on cars I test to see what the limitations of the vehicle are. But when I turned off the traction control on the Vette, I quickly realized the car's limits are far higher than my own as a driver. In fact, I bet there are only a handful of drivers on the planet -- all of them highly paid professionals -- who can really, truly discover the limits of this great car.
That means giving a Corvette to an ordinary driver is akin to giving a Stradivarius to a beginning violin student. It's impossible to appreciate how much better the tool is than the performer.
And really, it only has one downside. This car -- the Stradivarius of American sports cars -- has an interior splattered with the same plastic you'd find on a cheap Chinese stereo in the clearance aisle at Wal-Mart.
It's a shame, really. The soft, beautifully stitched panels on the dash are placed right next to a center console that has the same plastic texture as a bargain-bin trash can. It's disgusting.
To prove my point: When you're at the Chevy dealer, sit inside the awesome new Malibu before checking out the Corvette. Then watch the salesman squirm when you ask him why the $47,000 'Vette doesn't have nearly as nice an interior as the $20,000 Malibu.
Of course, you'll end up buying the Corvette anyway because it's automotive deity. You can look over pretty much any fault when you hear th...