It’s still a minor mystery to us why the Chevrolet Corvette still isn’t sold in our market. We already know that the local distributor is very interested in bringing it in. The latest Corvette is so good it’s being compared to modern icons like the Porsche 911. We’re sure there are many men here going through a midlife crisis, willing to spend money on a Porsche rival that costs a lot less.
Today, the more performance-oriented Corvette Z06 packs 650hp, a number more than enough to bring the Z06 from 0 to 100kph in less than three seconds. But the figures weren’t always this impressive. The Corvette is more than 60 years old. The first models might have made our parents excited back in the day, but today a top-spec Honda Civic has more power than the very first Corvette models.
To illustrate how Corvettes have evolved through the decades, online store NewGMParts.com commissioned an infographic showing the American sports car’s horsepower history. The chart reflects how a third-generation Corvette in the ’60s reached over 400hp, but dropped below 300hp in 1972, and then stayed there until the late ’80s.
By the time the sixth-generation model arrived in 2005, the Z06 had a 7.0-liter V8 that made 505hp, making up for any horsepower deficit the Corvette had incurred over the years. And of course, when the latest generation arrived last year, 460hp coming from a 6.2-liter V8 was the minimum power one could get.
So what was your favorite Corvette? Check out the infographic.