There’s no mistaking the Corvette for any other sports car. It is as much an automotive icon as a 2CV, 911 or original Land Rover. The quartet of circular rear lights hark back to the original C1 'Vette from 1953. The current model’s long bonnet and low, sleek roofline are clearly traceable back to the C3 of 1968.
The entire design has focused on making the current 'Vette smaller, lighter, more agile and just plain faster across the ground, which is why its wheelbase has increased by 30mm despite the overall length and width shrinking by 125mm and 25mm respectively. The C6 is also around 100kg lighter than before at just 1517kg, despite bigger 18in wheels at the front and 19in at the rear.
There’s little to distinguish the standard C6 from the more powerful Z06, save for a few vents and a Gurney flap on the rear deck. The more focused Grand Sport adds a more elaborate vent treatment behind the rear wheels and some gloriously in-your-face graphics.
Backing up its supercar-baiting performance, the ZR-1 features bespoke wheels and badging, and black bumper and sill extensions. A clear cover in the carbonfibre bonnet allows and unobstructed view of the engine, which looks only a step away from the ‘shaker scoops’ fitted to a range of iconic muscle cars.