Chevrolet has announced the numbers on the whole 2011 Corvette lineup, and prices are just about the same as last year. That's good news for buyers and hopefully for Corvette sales, which are down substantially over just a few years ago, largely due to economic pressures.
Your most affordable 'Vette for 2011 is a basic coupe at $48,950. For that, you get a 430 horsepower 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine, 6-speed manual transmission, 0-60 times in the low 4-second range, and about 26 miles per gallon on the highway. Not a bad deal! For a comparable convertible, base price is $53,600.
The sweet spot in terms of price and performance is occupied by the Corvette Grand Sport. For 2011, you can buy a Grand Sport coupe for $54,790, and a convertible for $58,600. For that money, you get Z06 handling and brakes. And really, can you tell the difference between 430 horsepower and 505 horsepower in ordinary driving? I can't, so if you're not going to take your 'Vette to track days, the Grand Sport will give you all the performance for a much better price.
If you have to have the performance, you can choose between the 505-horse Z06 and the 638-horse supercharged ZR1. Both of these are once again available only in coupe form, at $74,305 and $109,800 price points. You also get two levels of supercar chassis, suspension, and brakes in these editions.
2011 is going to be a great year for Corvettes - and if the economy cooperates, we'll see sales start to climb. The C6 Corvette has now been around for 6 years and the bugs are worked out of it. There's never been a better time to get a new 'Vette.