In these times of forced induction and downsizing, it’s a pretty lazy petrol motor that produces just 75bhp per litre. But that figure gives you some idea of the big-heartedness of the Corvette’s 6.2-litre V8.
It fires to a lazy, throbby idle that – as in the Vauxhall VXR8 – emits less of a baritone rumble than you might expect, due to the demands of modern emissions and noise regulations. But there’s character here, no question; give the throttle a positive prod and it sends the Corvette’s body rocking mildly.
Engaging gears and using the medium-weight, long-throw clutch is a refreshingly physical experience, but the powertrain is incredibly tractable – as you’d expect. Frankly, were it limited to only second and fourth gears, the Corvette would still get along quite nicely.
As it is, we coaxed it from 0-60mph in 4.4sec – 0.2sec behind the claim, but the fact that we figure two up, with lots of fuel on board, and take our measurements from complete rest, rather than a one-foot roll-out, accounts for that.
Either way, this car doesn’t lack performance. If the engine were in a different place and there was a dual-clutch automatic gearbox to join the launch control (which performed little better than our own feet), you’d probably be looking at a 0-60mph number that starts with a three. As it is, 100mph comes up in comfortably less than 10 seconds and the standing quarter mile in 12.6sec. Premier league performance, in other words.