Volume II, Issue 3, Page 7

Story & photos by Jason R. Sakurai

Even as journalists, we don't get nearly enough time to spend evaluating the cars we like to drive. Multiply those desires by thirty other writers and it's easy to see why I didn't have as much seat time in the '07 Corvette Convertible as I wanted. Quite frankly, despite having a wide array of vehicles available at a Ride & Drive conducted by the South East Automotive Media Organization (SEAMO for short), the Corvette was always being driven by someone else with a big grin on their face. This struggle over the Corvette’s keys happened despite the fact that many of the other cars available were more expensive (like the Jaguar XJ and Land Rover LSE) or brand new models (the Volkswagen EOS and the Shelby GT500).

We certainly understand, and given that almost a decade had gone by since the last time I had the opportunity to scrutinize a new Corvette and give it a somewhat jaded once over, the changes I discovered were nothing short of astounding. Going back that far, my recollection of the difficulty in getting in and out of a Corvette was akin to taking up yoga, while the latest version allowed ingress and egress with much less fuss and wasted motion.

Well proportioned, the Vette is a precision instrument for the road. Premium Tintcoated Atomic Orange Metallic paint is brilliant day or night.

Starting it was as simple as a push of a button, a feature made popular by many imports, but the difference here was the 6.0-liter, LS2 motor and 400 horses it brought to life with a roar. Mated to the upgraded 6-speed paddle-shifting automatic (a $1250 hit), the ease of operation is such that you find yourself selecting gears solely for the joy of doing so. Ideally, an identical car with the standard six-speed manual transmission should have been made available, so the differences between the two would be made even more profound.

Another worthy option was the magnetic selective ride control, a latte grande short of two grand that gives you drive-selectable Tour and Sport settings and larger cross-drilled brake rotors. Although we've used aftermarket rotors whose cost ranged from modest to utterly outrageous, it's doubtful anyone except for a weekend autocrosser or amateur road race would want to replace these brakes.
Fitting a larger set of rotors on the Corvette is without question one of the most popular upgrades for many enthusiasts, but the balance and firmness this vehicle exhibited with magnetic selective ride control begs the question, ‘Why?’