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2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe: Drool Inducing Speed and Style

Candice Merrill
Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 12:40 AM

2019chevroletcorvette475Almost everyone has that one car, that car that you lust over, your dream car. I’ve got a couple and the Corvette tops the list. I was over the moon when I found out I would be reviewing a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Not only that, but I was driving it to the Peterson Automotive Museum for the unavailing of the 2020 mid-engine Stingray and a celebration of Chevrolet chief engineer, race driver and “Father of the Corvette,” Zora Arkus-Duntov.

2020 Corvette Stingray Mid-engine

2020 Corvette Stingray Mid-engine

What a car! I have to admit that I was a bit intimated by it. At first I crawled along at a mere 30 mph, I just wasn’t sure of the engine. Well I can tell you when I did have the opportunity to open her up, I was blown away. The engine growled to life, the wheels caught and the car catapulted forward in a massive display of speed and torque. I did this in a controlled area and well, it was amazing. As for everyday city driving, I was really impressed how the eight-speed automatic transmission behaved at lower speeds. It didn’t strain at the bit like so many muscle cars do. At one point I found myself going way below the speed limit, that didn’t last for long.

Equipped with an 8-cylinder engine, the 6.2-liter supercharged engine produces 650 horses and 650 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with an optional 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission. Honestly I didn’t miss a manual. I know conventional wisdom is that when you have a high-performance car it’s better to have a manual, I didn’t miss the manual, the automatic worked really well at both city and highway speeds.

2019chevroletcorvetteintOn the inside, Chevy goes the extra mile providing a comfortable cockpit. I’m short so I find many cars that taller people find confining, comfortable. I took my almost six-foot tall friend with me to the Peterson Museum, she had no problem getting in and out of the car, or finding a comfortable seat position. The quality of the material’s used in the interior are soft and the leather used is supple. The Corvette seems to have most of the bells and whistles as far as technology, but I did miss blind-spot monitoring.

I was surprised with the trunk size of the Corvette, there actually was some. I could probably fit a small suitcase in there. Other sports cars offer next to nothing. There are also a few storage spaces inside, like behind the touchscreen.

Driving is where the Corvette shines. Its acceleration from a dead stop is phenomenal and speeding up to pass is almost effortless. It has excellent breaking which is great once you get used to it, at first it seemed a little grabby. The Corvette just hugs the road and cornering was effortless. It was just so much fun!

Now the Corvette is not everyone’s cup of tea. Certainly if you have a family or need to haul stuff around it just won’t work unless you have a family car as well. What the Corvette is, is sheer unadulterated joy. I can completely understand its steadfast following. And although most of its owners are men, this woman loved it and will always remember the week I was a Corvette groupie.

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