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2009 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Review

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A three-quarter front view of a black 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe in the moonlight

In short: A sexy and powerful two-seat coupe.

he 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, a refinement of the 2008 model, comes packing more gizmos while retaining the same gutsy performance that has made it an American icon. Powered by a 430-horsepower V8 engine and shaped with all the sexy curves that scream danger, this two-seat muscle car is a natural-born entertainer, available as a coupe, a convertible or an even sportier Z06. A ZR1 Corvette launches this model into the exotic supercar category. Our test roadster displayed firm handling bolstered by its all-wheel independent suspension, electronic traction control system with active handling, and limited slip differential. An Apollo-rocket-like 4.2-second 0-60 mph acceleration glued us to the car’s leather bucket seats; and an available dual-mode exhaust system provided our ride with a satisfyingly throaty roar. Inside our tester was the two-tone leather-appointed interior option along with the standard six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, removable roof panel and rearview mirror with auto-dimming. Heated seats, side-impact airbags, Bluetooth hands-free capability and an AM/FM/CD audio system with DVD navigation are all optional.

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Warranty/Service: 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance; 6-year/100,000-mile rust warranty.

Base Price: $48,565 / As tested: $63,960

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: 6.2-liter LS3 V8
Horsepower: 430 hp @ 5,900 rpm
Torque: 424 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,217 lbs
Wheelbase: 105.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 174.6/72.6/49 in
Turning circle: 39 ft

all-wheel power-assisted disc with ABS
Suspension: all-wheel independent; short/long arm double wishbone, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, and monotube shock absorber in front and rear

Traction: electronic traction control system with active handling; limited slip differential

0-60 mph: 4.2 seconds
60-0 mph: 116 ft
Top Speed: 190 mph

EPA City:
16 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg

Smog Index:

front airbags with passenger sensing system; OnStar; daytime running lights; tire pressure monitor



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