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2011 Chevrolet Corvette

2011 Chevrolet Corvette

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$21,676 — $48,932 USED
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Convertible
2 Seats
17-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance
  • RWD handling
  • Heritage
  • Instrument layout and legibility
  • Appearance

The Bad

  • Wet-pavement traction and control
  • Idling noise and vibration on some cars
  • Engine heat in cabin
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Visibility in convertible
2011 Chevrolet Corvette exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 430-hp, 6.2-liter V-8
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Coupe and convertible body styles
  • Manual or automatic
  • 505-hp Z06 coupe
  • 638-hp ZR1 model

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2011 Chevrolet Corvette Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Corvette is Chevrolet’s flagship sports car, and it’s offered as a hardtop or a convertible. In addition to the base model, which makes more than 400 horsepower, Chevrolet also sells two high-performance variants of the sports car: the 505-hp Z06 and the ZR1, which is powered by a supercharged V-8 that kicks out a whopping 638 hp. For 2010, a Grand Sport version debuted, and it accounted for half of coupe sales and 70 percent of convertible sales. Competitors include the Ford Shelby GT500, Dodge Viper and Nissan GT-R.

(Skip to details on the: Grand Sport, Z06, ZR1)

New for 2011
Magnetic Ride Control is available on Grand Sport models and includes Goodyear F1 Supercar Gen 2 tires with the manual transmission. Radios on models with the navigation system add a USB port and audio input jack. Contrasting-color headlamp housings are newly available in gray, black or silver.

Exterior
Low-slung and wide, the Corvette sports swoopy exterior styling and bulging front fenders. The Corvette’s body panels are made of composite material, and the current model features exposed headlights as opposed to flip-up ones that have been used in past versions of the sports car. Coupes have a glass hatchback and a removable roof; the convertible has an available powered soft-top. Exterior features include:

  • Optional performance exhaust increases horsepower, changes exhaust sound
  • Quad taillights
  • Large side vent behind front wheels
  • 18-inch front wheels; 19-inch rear...

Vehicle Overview
The Corvette is Chevrolet’s flagship sports car, and it’s offered as a hardtop or a convertible. In addition to the base model, which makes more than 400 horsepower, Chevrolet also sells two high-performance variants of the sports car: the 505-hp Z06 and the ZR1, which is powered by a supercharged V-8 that kicks out a whopping 638 hp. For 2010, a Grand Sport version debuted, and it accounted for half of coupe sales and 70 percent of convertible sales. Competitors include the Ford Shelby GT500, Dodge Viper and Nissan GT-R.

(Skip to details on the: Grand Sport, Z06, ZR1)

New for 2011
Magnetic Ride Control is available on Grand Sport models and includes Goodyear F1 Supercar Gen 2 tires with the manual transmission. Radios on models with the navigation system add a USB port and audio input jack. Contrasting-color headlamp housings are newly available in gray, black or silver.

Exterior
Low-slung and wide, the Corvette sports swoopy exterior styling and bulging front fenders. The Corvette’s body panels are made of composite material, and the current model features exposed headlights as opposed to flip-up ones that have been used in past versions of the sports car. Coupes have a glass hatchback and a removable roof; the convertible has an available powered soft-top. Exterior features include:

  • Optional performance exhaust increases horsepower, changes exhaust sound
  • Quad taillights
  • Large side vent behind front wheels
  • 18-inch front wheels; 19-inch rear wheels

Interior
The driver and passenger ride low to the ground in the Corvette and sit in bolstered bucket seats. The sizable center console separates the seats and houses the standard six-speed manual’s shifter or optional six-speed automatic’s gear selector. Interior features include:

  • Standard dual-zone air conditioning
  • Standard leather upholstery
  • Keyless entry and starting
  • Optional heated seats
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
The Corvette’s all-aluminum 6.2-liter V-8 makes 430 hp (436 hp with the performance exhaust system) at 5,900 rpm and 424 pounds-feet of torque (428 pounds-feet with the optional exhaust system) at 4,600 rpm. Chevrolet recommends premium gas for this engine. Mechanical features and specifications include:

  • 16/26 mpg city/highway with the manual
  • 15/25 mpg with the automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive

Safety
Safety equipment includes:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Standard side-impact airbags

Grand Sport
The Grand Sport is distinguished by special exterior styling and a stiffer suspension. It uses the same 430-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 engine as the base Corvette, and it’s likewise available with a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. Like the regular Corvette, an optional exhaust system bumps engine output to 436 hp. For 2011, Magnetic Ride Control is available on Grand Sport models and includes Goodyear F1 Supercar Gen 2 tires with the manual transmission.

Manual-transmission Grand Sport coupes have a dry-sump oil system and a differential cooler, and the transmission itself features shorter gearing. Automatic models have a shorter final-drive ratio, and the changes lower both models’ zero-to-60-mph times by 0.2 seconds, according to Chevrolet, which puts them around 4 seconds.

The Grand Sport’s special five-spoke alloy wheels measure 18 inches in diameter in front and 19 inches in back, but the front wheels are 1 inch wider and the rear ones are 2 inches wider than base models. The shocks, springs and stabilizer bars have also been modified, and Chevrolet says it can pull 1 g when cornering.

The Grand Sport is offered in all of the colors available for the base Corvette. Hash marks on the front fenders are optional and available in four colors. The front and rear fenders are also larger, and the front fenders feature three vents behind the front wheels and a Grand Sport badge. Back to top

Z06
The Z06 ratchets up the Corvette’s performance capabilities with the use of a more powerful V-8 engine, larger brakes and a firmer suspension. It also features unique styling cues designed to improve performance. For 2011 it gains Goodyear F1 Supercar Gen 2 tires and new exhaust system tuning. There is also a new optional Z07 Performance Package, with Brembo ceramic brakes, Magnetic Ride Control, larger Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires, competition gray 20-spoke wheels.

A 7.0-liter V-8 engine, which makes 505 hp at 6,300 rpm and 470 pounds-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm, is the heart of the Z06. It teams exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, and Chevrolet says it can rip from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

The Z06 is outfitted with 18-inch wheels in front and 19-inch rims in back, and Chevrolet says the car can pull more than 1 g when cornering. The drilled front brakes measure 14 inches across, while the rear ones are slightly smaller, at 13.4 inches.

When a car’s top speed is 198 mph, as the Z06’s is, aerodynamics become even more important; the sports car has a splitter for extra downforce. The slit near the hood feeds cold air to the engine, and scoops in front of the rear wheels funnel air to cool the brakes. Back to top

ZR1
Yep, this is the super-Corvette you might’ve been reading about for years. Weighing in at a scant 3,324 pounds, the ZR1 is based on the aluminum chassis of the Corvette Z06.

It adds a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 capable of a 205-mph top speed, carbon ceramic brake rotors and standard magnetic ride control, plus a carbon-fiber roof, front fenders, rocker moldings and more.

There are no significant changes to the ZR1 for 2011.

Chevrolet says the ZR1 can produce more than 1 g of cornering grip. It features a ZR1-specific gauge cluster with a supercharger boost gauge. The ZR1 also features a launch control system. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
57 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

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(5.0)

American design teamwork at it's best

by Plainwrap from Seattle, Wa on November 22, 2020

For reliable performance that's been thoroughly tested and debugged, you cannot beat it - globally. Leave it as is and it will hold value. Jazz it up any way you want and it will become more valuable ... Read full review

(5.0)

Fun to drive

by Chuck from McDonough, Ga on September 10, 2020

The car is a sporty as it looks. Car is a blast to drive. It is a doable daily driver. Gas mileage is great for the performance you get with it Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Corvette received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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