2008 Chevy Corvette Coupe

Sam Smith

Hurricane Ike sat like a sumo on Michigan all weekend and dumped five inches of rain. Unfortunately, this was my weekend for the very cheerful, very cherry Corvette Z51 (a $1695 option). There isn't much to say about the Z51's grip at high speed on the freeway ramps, because I was tip-toeing through floodwater when I wasn't driving through an almost impenetrable curtain of rain. I can tell you, however, that the plastic removable top ($750) didn't leak. I can also second Sam Smith on the sound of 6.2-liter V-8 with dual-mode exhaust ($1195) at every kind of speed. You don't need to drive at go-directly-to-jail speeds to feel the rumble in your chest or hear its throaty roar. And I really wanted to hear that "crazy primal scream" Sam was talking about...

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