C7 Corvette ZR1: Saving the Very Best for Last?

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C7 Corvette ZR1 isn’t just the best C7 Corvette ever made. It might be the best Corvette ever made, period.

Pretty much everyone and their mother has gotten their hands on the mighty C7 Corvette ZR1 by now. And the initial reviews are, well, pretty excellent. Along with resetting most every production car track record in existence, the C7 Corvette ZR1 is a pretty well-mannered road car. It’s so good, in fact, that we often hear folks refer to it as the best C7 Corvette ever. And it just so happens to also be the last. But is this really the case, or is this thing merely over hyped? That’s the very question that The House Of Muscle sought to answer in this clip.

And what better place to find the answer to that question than Road Atlanta? Here is a place that the C7 Corvette ZR1 has already dominated. Thus, our host sets out on that very same tarmac, joined by a slew of fellow journalists. And after a few hot laps, he is inclined to agree with the current consensus option regarding the C7 Corvette ZR1. “After ripping around Road Atlanta’s 2.5-mile road course, I can see why,” he says.

C7 Corvette ZR1

“We were blown away by how composed and confidence-inspiring this thing really was,” he continues. “Both transmissions worked flawlessly. However, on track, the 8-speed automatic was the fastest way around. The manual is no slouch. But we found it was better suited to hot rodding around the surrounding roads.”

 

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So, how about on public roads? Our host laments about the C7 Corvette ZR1 and its silent exhaust option, for starters. “This type of technology not only makes the car driveable. But it makes it easy to live with on a daily basis.” Must be tough to deal with that level of flexibility and daily-drivability.

C7 Corvette ZR1

It’s so good, in fact, it leads him to make one very bold statement. “If you want the greatest front-engine, manually-equipped, rear-wheel drive Corvette ever made, this is your vehicle. There is none better. And I don’t know if there ever will be one better.”

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Corvette Forum, Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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