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I own a 2010 C6 3LT coupe automatic. It has the dual mode exhaust which I think is a great idea. Quiet on the road until you mash the throttle. I may take it to the strip sometime with my sons cars that we built together to see what it will do. I have read about the complaints about torque management at the strip. I realize there may be quite a few owners who regularly take their car to the strip and would prefer not to have torque management. To me the car has a road racing heritage and gm went to a lot of trouble to make sure the car has enough controls to save the *** of a driver who might not be a Randy Probst on a twisty mountain road. I'm sure a whole bunch of liability lawyers had some say into that.
I like that you can turn off active handling and traction control if you want. At least you still have that choice. The car weighs about 3200 lbs. with 436 hp that's a great power to weight ratio!
I like my car stock and plan on leaving it that way. I might put a K&N filter in the stock airbox but won't be adding a CAI as the stock air box looks like it draws air ahead of the radiator even though I understand the intake opening is restrictive but stock it still makes 436 and drives great! I haven't noticed any drive ability issues with the engine response. I feel GM did a great job of making sure all the components as a package work great together.
Once you start changing things it always affects something else and then you have to make more changes to get it all to work right together. To me the car is not a drag racer although I will try it at the strip and since it's not a grand sport it won't perform on the track like a GS but for what I plan on doing with the car it is a great performing balanced package. I like road trips and mountain roads.
How many others are content to enjoy the car the way it is? If I wanted something faster I would have bought the Z06. And I would leave that stock too.
For me, personally, a stock LS3 Vette is about as fun as a car can get on the streets, i.e. not so fast that going WOT for more than few seconds will get you into serious trouble.
Don't get me wrong, the car still redlines 2nd gear at 70mph (z51) so I can only play on the freeway occasionally...but that's better than the Z06 hitting 60mph in 1st lawl
I'm sure many here will agree that past a certain point a car is just too fast for normal streets, and you can really only have "fun" on a track without putting too much at risk every time you step on the LOL pedal
Yes I think a road racing circuit would be the best place to experiment with turning off the active handling and traction control until you know what YOUR capabilities are. Active handling will slow down the really fast guys but will help the slower guys go fast safely lol if your times with it on and off show its slowing you down then you probably are someone who doesn't need the nanny and are smart enough to leave it on when conditions aren't ideal. Modern motorcycles usually have 3 levels of traction control from least intrusive to most intrusive. This allows a regular guy to get on the power earlier in a turn without the bike spitting him off. Power sliding out of a turn on a bike at 70 mph might be possible for someone like me with that kind of electronic control. Cars will eventually have different levels of traction control/active handling to choose from.
But there will always be guys who want to mod their cars and I think that's why the aftermarket is in business cause there are a lot of them that do. For me though the car is ideal the way it came from the factory. If I want to have a light car with lots if horsepower to be a dedicated drag car I could build a V8 vega or S10 for thousands less than I paid for the Vette but it would be a single purpose vehicle. I would rather do that than try to re-engineer my C6 into a drag racer. There are a lot of 10 second cars at the strip anymore who really enjoy blowing the doors off these newer expensive cars. I know that's what I used to do with my 69 nova with the 427, 4 speed and 4.56 posi. It didn't have the top end but it would humiliate a lot of expensive cars back in the day but that is all it was good for. Didn't handle worth a damn haha
Picked up my car early November...Drove it once - definetly rocks...As far as modding my theory from over the years...more air in and more air out !!! Intake and exhaust are basic add ons...From there enjoy your ride...
as you say, once you start modifying one thing, you may (or actually must) change some other things. so in that respect my car is just fine the way it is. but the mistake that some make is that all the safety and protective add ons will save you from yourself. they won't. you can still overpower and do really dumb things that nothing can save you from. that's why the one statement about until "...you know what YOUR capabilities are..." is the most important item, not the car. anyone can overpower or lose it with bad consequences in a Citroen 2CV, M1 Abrams or Porsche Carrera GT.
I have always modified everything I have had. I have had this one a little over a year and am still happy with the performance. I have done some cosmetic things to make it a little different, but that's it. The wife is even surprised. There is always someone out there faster, etc. 430/436 is plenty for the street.
I love mine just like I bought it, great in looks is the main reason I bought the last of the C6 model. In addition these Corvettes in base trim have about any retiree age person could want + they are hotter/faster than the monster versions of the mid to late 60's...I'm keeping mine, it's the last one I'll buy.
Bone stock is plenty scary enough for me. Loving every minute...
The only changes are some subtle interior and exterior enhancements that don't "rice" the car. (Eagle Eye LED tail lights, license plate LEDs, MGW shifter, red stitched shift/brake boots, acoustic insulation, compartment separator, WeatherTec floormats).
I guess I don't fit the mold. I have 3 corvettes ('96, '05, '07) and have modded all of them (some performance, and some cosmetic ones, too.) I have never had a problem with any of them, either before or after modding.
My signature shows the '05 and a summary, though not all inclusive) recap of its mods.
I don't have any problem with those who keep theirs stock. It's your car; your choice. Happy corvetting everyone.