Chevrolet has placed two vehicles on the Car and Driver 10Best Cars list again this year: the Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible for the second straight year and the Camaro V6/SS/ZL1 for the third year running.
Car and Driver called the Grand Sport “a track-day thriller and an unflinching ally on winding back roads” and “one of the best sports-car buys available.”
“With its widened stance and radical aero addenda, the Grand Sport is both menacing to behold and forgiving to pilot at warp speed, particularly with the extreme, $7995 Z07 track bundle,” the magazine raved. “The same upgraded suspension and adaptive dampers that let the GS bound over curbing on the track also afford it long-haul comfort with a weekend’s worth of luggage under the rear hatch or in the convertible’s trunk.”
Car and Driver calls the GS “a livable supercar that will comfortably trundle around town and stop from 70 mph in as little as 129 feet, while clearly communicating its attitude through a direct and nicely weighted steering wheel.”
The scary thing, the magazine writes, “is that the Grand Sport could be even better.”
“We’re still waiting for General Motors to fit the Corvette with a cabin that isn’t infused with the fragrance of plastic resin after sitting in the sun for a few hours,” C&D says. They also griped about the GS’s racing limits being “almost impossible” to probe safely on the street, the susceptibility to damage of the low-hanging nose, and the high price tag of certain versions like the Carbon 65 that leave some doubt about its budget-supercar reputation.
All in all, though, Car and Driver raved about the Corvette being the only one of its peers “that makes exotic levels of all-around performance so attainable.”
The Camaro, meanwhile, drew praise for its chassis – “one of the best in the world.” They also said that “it drives a lot like the BMW 3-series used to,” high praise for a car that lists for about $31,000 in the base version.
“Three consecutive years on the 10Best Cars list proves that this Chevy isn’t just great at attacking a corner, it has also turned one,” the magazine concludes.
Joining the two Chevys on the 10Best list were the Alfa Romeo Giulia / Giulia Quadrifoglio, Audi RS3, Honda Accord, Honda Civic Sport / SI / Type R, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mercedes-Benz E400 / Mercedes AMG E43, Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman, and Volkswagen Golf / Alltrack / E-Golf / GTI / R / Sportwagen.
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