15 of the Most Iconic Corvettes

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Since the first model in 1953, Corvettes have dominated the asphalt, setting records and capturing the hearts of racing enthusiasts everywhere. Here are 15 of their most iconic models that have left indelible marks on race tracks worldwide.

1953 Corvette

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As the inaugural Corvette, it was initially available only in Polo White with a red interior. Its fiberglass body was a revolutionary feature at the time, contributing to its lightweight construction. The Blue Flame inline-six engine produced 150 horsepower, coupled with its two-speed automatic transmission.

1957 Corvette Fuelie

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The 1957 Corvette is famous for its Fuel Injection option, known as the “Fuelie.” This innovative system boosted the output of the 283 cubic inch V8 engine to 283 horsepower, making it one of the first American cars to achieve one horsepower per cubic inch.

1963 Corvette Sting Ray

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The split rear window design was controversial but undeniably stylish, giving the Corvette a distinctive appearance. The 1963 model also introduced hidden headlights, adding to its sleek profile. Engine options ranged from the base 250-horsepower 327 cubic inch V8 to the potent fuel-injected 360-horsepower version.

1967 Corvette Sting Ray 427

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The 1967 model year was the last for the C2 generation, and its highlight was the 427 cubic inch V8 engines. The most powerful option, the L71, had triple two-barrel carburetors and yielded 435 horsepower. The 1967 Corvette stands out for its efficiency and aesthetics.

1970 Corvette ZR1

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Designed for enthusiasts seeking maximum performance, the ZR1 model included heavy-duty suspension components, power brakes, and a close-ratio four-speed manual transmission. The LT1 engine had solid lifters and a high-lift camshaft, contributing to its impressive output of 370 horsepower.

1984 Corvette C4

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The C4 represented a significant leap forward in Corvette technology. It featured a new, lightweight chassis with a fully independent suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. The Cross-Fire Injection V8 engine generated 205 horsepower and was paired with a four-speed automatic or a four-speed manual transmission.

1990 Corvette ZR-1

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The ZR-1 showcased cutting-edge technology with its all-aluminum LT5 engine, hand-built by Mercury Marine. It came with dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, allowing it to produce 375 horsepower and propel the ZR-1 to a top speed of over 180 mph.

1996 Corvette Grand Sport

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The Grand Sport paid homage to the Corvette’s racing heritage with its distinctive color scheme and efficiency enhancements. It showcased wider rear fenders to accommodate larger wheels and tires and a revised suspension setup for improved handling.

2001 Corvette Z06

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The Z06 was designed for track enthusiasts, featuring a lightweight titanium exhaust system, revised gearing, and upgraded brakes with larger rotors. The LS6 engine was hand-built and had higher-flow cylinder heads, adding to its output of 385 horsepower.

2009 Corvette ZR1

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Dubbed the “Blue Devil,” the ZR1 was a technological tour de force. Its supercharged LS9 engine produced 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only about 3.4 seconds. Advanced features included Magnetic Selective Ride Control and carbon-ceramic brakes.

2014 Corvette Stingray

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The C7 Stingray had a new LT1 engine featuring direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation technology. It also introduced a new seven-speed manual transmission with rev-matching capability and an available eight-speed automatic.

2017 Corvette Grand Sport

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The Grand Sport combined elements of the Z06 with the naturally aspirated LT1 engine, providing an excellent balance of performance and handling. It possessed wider tires, larger brakes, and specific aerodynamic enhancements inspired by Corvette racing.

2019 Corvette ZR1

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The ZR1 pushed the boundaries of Corvette efficiency with its supercharged LT5 engine, which generated a mind-blowing 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. It featured a top speed of over 210 mph and advanced aerodynamics, including a front underwing and a large rear wing.

2020 Corvette Stingray C8

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The C8 Stingray’s mid-engine layout significantly departed from tradition, providing improved weight distribution and handling. Its LT2 engine, mounted behind the cockpit, produced 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

2022 Corvette Z06

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The Z06 showcases a high-revving, naturally aspirated flat-plane crank V8 engine, delivering 670 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. It offered a variety of performance upgrades, including carbon-ceramic brakes, carbon fiber body panels, and adjustable aerodynamics.

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