Poll: The Best Vette

As we wrap up the Americana celebration on Speedhunters, I think it’s appropriate that we put the seven generations of the Chevrolet Corvette together for a reader poll showdown. It is after all “America’s sports car”.

So then, do you prefer the classic lines of the early cars? The high tech performance of the newer models? Maybe you even like the disco era machines? Whatever your choice,  it’s time to be heard.

C1

The original. Although it was only available with six cylinder engines upon launch in 1953, the C1 developed into quite a potent machine with the addition of the small block V8. By the early ’60s the Corvette had already begun to establish itself as an American legend.

C2

The second generation Corvette was a huge leap forward when it was released in 1963. Not only was the styling beautiful, but the C2 featured independent rear suspension. Later model years saw the addition of four wheel disc brakes, optional fuel injection, and also big block engines.

C3

In 1968, the third generation Corvette debuted with dramatic new styling, The early C3s were available with a hot assortment of both small block and big block motors, but by the time the mid ’70s rolled around, regulations had lowered performance significantly.

C4

1983 saw the introduction of the all new C4 Corvette. While the early models weren’t known for fantastic performance, by the time the ’90s rolled around the C4 had begun to recover the excitement that had gone been since the ’60s. The hottest of the C4s was the ZR-1, which featured the LT5 DOHC engine designed with the help of Lotus.

C5

The C5 Corvette was introduced in 1997 along with GM’s all new LS1 V8. While the standard C5 models offered great performance, the Z06 introduced in 2001 was even more enthusiast-focused with its hi-po LS6 and beefed up suspension.

C6

The C6 Corvette took the great attributes of the C5 and improved on them even further. The iconic pop-up lights were gone, but the C6 continued to set performance benchmarks. The Z06 made over 500 horsepower with the new LS7 V8, and a couple years later the supercharged ZR-1 joined the lineup making an astonishing 638 horsepower.

C7

Lastly, we have the recently introduced seventh generation Corvette. While the highly advanced C7 won’t hit the streets until later this year, it’s already shaping up to take the Corvette to the next level.

Which is the best? That’s for you to decide.

-Mike


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46 comments
ylee
ylee

C5 Z06 is the best bang for the buck. sweet as hell too!!!

 

I'd rock a C1 also though. that shit is beautiful!!! with a C1, i wouldn't need speed. just cruising slow....and low.

apex_DNA
apex_DNA

I think C4 was the sleekest.

w
w

C3 BB

Cole
Cole

Ugliest too.

drkennedy98
drkennedy98

The C7 is dead ugly in my opinion, it looks way off from the original C1.

Dawsaurus
Dawsaurus

Corvette C4 Grand Sport = Love.

 

One of my favourite cars from Gran Tourismo 1/2

Fagundes_V8
Fagundes_V8

The C2 is the best , no way a 'Vette can be more beautiful than the C2 , it's the best Corvette for me , its style , Rock N' Roll , its perfect!

TylerS13
TylerS13

idc what anyone says C4 GS and ZR1 all day.

EvolveWRC
EvolveWRC

C2 Sting Ray Split Window, one of my favourites.

zamm333
zamm333

I voted c2, but c1's are classy as shit and awesome, and the c4 would be fun as fuck to drive.

scibO
scibO

C2 split window !!!!!!!!!

Jmayhem
Jmayhem

I hate Chevy with a passion, but boy do I love the C2 Vette. I'll take a '67 with the L88 motor and side exhausts!

phatazn23
phatazn23

The C7 looks like a copy of the '13 SRT Viper... What happened to originality?

SaudQureshi
SaudQureshi

Gotta love the C2. Maybe one of my favourite GM cars of all time.

ELxTORO
ELxTORO

i said c7 (c2 was my really close second choice) but i voted c7 because its the first vette that i am actually excited for the release of :P

Skipper
Skipper

Lol, I'm one of the weirdos that said "C4", too... All the sharp edges it has just stand out from all the other generations, which are more round... Plus, it was the only one with a DOHC engine.

K's
K's

don't know anything about any of them so i voted c4 cause it looks the coolest!

hanablemoore
hanablemoore

C2, C3, C6,and C7. I stole my mothers C3 to whoop ass at a my hjgh school. Alot of guys were running eg's and ek's at the time. 5 car lengths was a good enough beating :) I really enjoyed that. The C2 split window just for its rarity and beauty. The C6 ZR1 and ZOsexy sounds like angels singing and the C7 is a cold m*therf*cker looks wise and performance wise.

ComJive
ComJive

the best corvette is still the sledgehammer. turbos always

speedphotos
speedphotos

Its hard to top a C2 split window but it was still a hard pick over the C3 after having my grandpas stingray be one of the first cars I ever drove.

CalvinDavidJones
CalvinDavidJones

I would vote C4 Grand Sport, if it was on there. But definitely C5! gotta love Z06 rims and flip up headlights!

beams ae86
beams ae86

C5z, IRS, titanium exhaust, flipping lights, looked good in its time, nice LS motor

Nihilation
Nihilation

I'm thinking the C7 will ultimately be the best model simply due to the evolution of technology however it's quirks have yet to be seen and the prices will undoubtedly be high for a few years.  With that in mind I think the C5 is a remarkable value but personally I'd rather have a base model C6 than a C5 Z06 based on dimensions and interior styling.  I'm voting C7.

GTR
GTR

c7 looks like nissan gtr

Corey K
Corey K

I've got a real soft spot for the C4 even though it's performance wasn't exactly spectacular, but the late C3's really looked cool, so they get my vote.

Zeus
Zeus

I'd have to say the C5 Z06 is the best Vette for these reasons:

 

1) They cost around $20,000 now 

2) weigh around 2900lbs

3) 400hp / 400tq from jump

4) Closer to the performance of current Vettes than the earlier models 

5) Cheaper than the earlier models and the later models by a long shot 

6) With a few modifications they can be made into absolute track monsters for a fraction of the cost of cars like the R8, 911 etc etc

7) The LS6 was a very iconic motor and has a huge aftermarket base

8) they look good! 

 

The C5 is the most cost effective car to have the styling of a vette and the performance of a super car in summary and I think that is the best of both worlds and therefor makes it the best.

firelizard
firelizard

Tough choice between "best" and "favourite". The C4 and C5 hit me right in the childhood feels, but the Corvette becomes a better car with each new iteration.

Itchys2
Itchys2

how is the c7 in third? its not a vote for the worst taillights corvette has ever had guys, so no need to vote for the c7, i like the c2 (and voted for it), if not for the c2 id have to say the c6

davy106
davy106

C4 boyhood poster when i was a kid plus it had pop up headlights

apex_DNA
apex_DNA

@drkennedy98 C7 looks like a Viper imho...in fact, a lot of times I mistake it for a Viper, it's that bad.

apex_DNA
apex_DNA

@Jmayhem Why DO you hate Chevy?

apex_DNA
apex_DNA

@hanablemoore Do you realize you just compared a Corvette to a Civic? So don't tell me FWD suck, and Hondas, and imports in general. You're comparing something that shouldn't be compared or in the same sentence, and yet most domestic guys and RWD fanboys bash on FF Hondas. So pathetic. This wasn't directed at you, I'm just putting it out there.

Zeus
Zeus

 @Nihilation Have you ever been in one on a race track with a driver who knew what they were doing? I remember when I was 17 I got a ride in a C5 driven by Rita Wilson, female Auto-x champion. She had slicks, air intake and sway bars and I could not believe how fast she was in a stock Vette. Unreal car. 

 

With the money you save on a C5 compared to a base C7 or C6 you can build the C5 to be incredible. Carvaggio interior and all. Just a thought. 

jake Laird
jake Laird

 @Novac Darius Amazing. Truly a miracle. You're the first blind person to post on Speedhunters! Congrats! Check's in the mail.

Novac Darius
Novac Darius

it's a personal taste bud. I just hate the way those cars look.


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