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The first Chevrolet Chevy II was available in showrooms in September 1961 for the 1962 model year. The unconventional Chevrolet Corvair could not compete with the Ford Falcon. To meet Ford head on a full complement of Chevy II models are on the table with five body styles plus four trim options; the 100, the 200, the 300, and the 400 (the 200 series was axed very quickly after launch) to compete against the Ford Falcon. The conventional rear wheel drive Chevy II is on the Chevrolet “X” body platform and is of semi-unibody design with the front and rear sections bolted onto the unitized body. Head to head competition, the Chevy II, is marketed on a half inch longer wheelbase than the Falcon. For the ’62 and ’63 models the power options were a four cylinder 153 cu in (2.5 L) and a 194 cu in (3.2 L) inline six both with overhead valves. The Chevy II Nova initially did not come with a V8 but late in the ’62 model year a V8 became a dealer installed option, including a fuel injected version-the same as offered in the Corvette. With its lightweight, this Chevy II became a popular choice for drag racers. The convertible and the hardtop were dropped after ’63 but came back late in ’64 by popular demand. The SS model was available from ’63 with a full complement of options; all the logos, uptown instruments, special wheel covers, side moldings, buckets, and a floor shift kit for the 400 version and the dealer could install a V8 if the factory standard six wasn't good enough
Chevy II sales dropped in ’64 with the Chevelle coming on line that year which prompted Chevrolet to offer the first Chevy II V8 as a factory option with a 283 cu in (4.6 L) engine developing 195 hp (145 kW) offered alongside a now larger 230 cu in (3.8 L) six. For 1965 the Chevy II gets a revised full width grill with integral headlights, parking lights placed into the bumper, a new roofline, restyled tail lights, and the back-up lights are updated as well. The entry level 100 and the Nova 400 both come in three body styles and as standard fare a column mounted three speed. The power option is the Nova SS in a sport coupe only. This car came with a brushed chrome console and could have a four speed manual or the Powerglide automatic transmission installed at the customers choice. The uptown models have vinyl buckets and instrument gauges-not idiot lights. The four cylinder power is only available for the entry level 100 model but the engine line-up numbers six for the Chevy II which is now officially able to compete as a muscle car. The largest engine available is a 327 offering up to 300 hp (220 kW) which puts the Nova SS close to the same class as the GTO and the Olds 4-4-2 for accelerating. In the summer of ’65 a higher powered 283 became an option and with the dual exhaust system would produce 220 hp. The Chevelle, Malibu, and the newly revised Corvair had eaten into the Chevy II market and this car has the dubious distinction of being the only model in the G.M. line-up to have a sales decrease in ’65 despite high praise from the critics. For ’65 there were 122,800 Chevy II models sold (9,100 were the Nova SS) with almost double that number of Ford Falcons sold (213,602) that year.
The C6 Corvette was all new from the body styling and interior to the drive chain and suspension. No hidden headlights on the C6; they’re exposed; this feature hadn’t been used since 1962. The passenger compartment is larger but slightly narrower; the overall length is shorter, but the wheelbase is longer than the C5 predecessors.
For the first four years, the base engine was a 6.0-liter LS2 V8 producing 400 horsepower at 6000 rpm, yet the gas mileage was good. The automatic version got 15/25 mpg (city/highway), and the standard transmission got one mile farther in each. The standard had a feature that makes a shift from first directly to fourth under most driving conditions, which helps the car avoid the gas guzzler tax.
Introduced in 2008, the new LS3 engine with a 6.2-liter displacement produced 430 hp at 6500 rpm. A discerning buyer might have wanted to purchase the same engine with vacuum-actuated exhaust valves to produce 436 hp. With either engine, you could choose a newly styled Tremec TR6060 standard transmission with an improved linkage or an automatic with a crisper shift than previous automatics. Either one can take you from 0-60 in four seconds flat. From 2008 until the end of the C6, the steering improved and the newly styled five-spoke wheels are more responsive to steering wheel movement. The last C6 Vette was a white 427-cubic-inch convertible and left the assembly room floor on February 26, 2013.
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The 2006 Corvette Z06 appeared in public in late 2005. The introductory model with a balsawood/carbon fiber floor, aluminum frame and magnesium alloy engine cradle is the lightest Vette ever produced. The power plant was a newly styled short-block 7.0-liter (427-cubic-inch) motor. The engine, called the LS7, had a dry sump oiling system and titanium connecting rods and produced 505 hp (376 kW).
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The Z06 Carbon Edition was on the market in 2011; this limited edition Vette had only 500 units produced. Included on this car as standard equipment are many aerodynamically designed parts like a carbon fiber hood, carbon-ceramic brakes, and active suspension. Many other components made of light but strong carbon fiber gave this model a curb weight of 1,440 kg (3,180 pounds) and one horsepower per every 6.3 pounds. The car was fast, 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and the quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds with a top speed of 126 miles per hour, as well as fuel efficient, getting 15 mpg (16 L/100 km) city and 24 mpg (9.8 l/100 km) highway.
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The ZR1 C6 or the Blue Devil is a supercharged Corvette with a 6.2-liter LS9 V8 that produced 538 hp (476 kW) and did 205 mph (330 km/h). The extensive use of carbon fiber on this model included bumpers, roof, hood, front splitter, fenders, and rocker moldings. The clear polycarbonate window on the hood making the intercooler visible, clearly distinguishes the ZF1. Also making it stand out from other models is the carbon black clear-coated roof and front splitter. The ZF1 logo and intercooler trim are blue as are the calipers on the carbon fiber/ceramic brakes. A Selective Ride, automatically controlled suspension guides the largest wheels ever used on a Corvette.