Volume II, Issue 10, Page 52

We vividly remember the vaunted Z51 handling package that was available on the ’85 C4 Corvette. Like the rest of the car, it wasn’t user-friendly. On rough pavement, it liked to send your noggin right into the ceiling—and that’s with the seat belt attached. Call it abrupt, with extreme prejudice. On super smooth pavement, there was no issue, but the world doesn’t run on tabletops. 

More than two decades later, the Corvette is stronger and better than it ever has been, and as good as the ’07 car was, the new one is tangibly better. (We covered the engine specifics in the May issue of MaxChevy. Access the report by going to Archives & Search, clicking the cover image, and going to the TOC).

Though it’s difficult to quantify the larger displacement (6.2L) LS3 engine and the extra 36 horsepower and 28 lb-ft of torque by seat-of-pants, the car moves regardless. The shifter slides slick. The throws are tighter and the effort is lighter, the tension harmonious with the clutch. The tighter gearing included with the Z51 option zings the motor a tad quicker and has those shifts coming up at a faster pace. On the other hand, where you used to downshift to Third, you can now leave it in Fourth with the same results.

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