Everything You Want to Know About the 2011 Corvette, All in One Place.
At the onset of the 2011 model year, as General Motors continued to streamline their product offerings, things were looking up for Chevrolet. The huge economic recession that had nearly driven the automotive manufacturer into bankruptcy was over, unit sales were improving year over year, and General Motors stock was once more on the rise. For Chevrolet, 2011 also marked a major milestone in the history of the company – it was the year the company turned 100 years old AND it was the year that marked the production of Chevrolet’s 100-millionth small-block V-8 engine.
On November 29, 2011, General Motors produced its 100-millionth engine at the company’s Performance Build Center near Detroit, Michigan. The milestone engine was a 638-horsepower, supercharged LS9 variant of the fourth-generation small block engine. The original small-block engine was a 265 cubic-inch V-8 that Chevrolet introduced in 1955. Variants on the original 265 cubic-inch engine are still manufactured for marine and industrial applications. By contrast, the 100-millionth small-block would be an LS9 belonging to none other than a 2011 ZR1 Corvette!
The Chevrolet Corvette, America’s sports car, celebrated its 58th year in 2011 by again enticing consumers with a broad lineup of returning models, and introducing a new special edition Z06 for the discerning Corvette collector – the base Corvette coupe and convertible, the Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible, the Corvette Z06 coupe, including the introduction of the all-new Carbon Edition Z06 coupe, and the crowned jewel of the entire paddock, the return of the ultra-powerful Corvette ZR1.