After almost 60 continuous years on the market, the Chevrolet Corvette Coupe and Convertible continue to be the official American sports car. Quite literally, it's in a class all of its own on a domestic level, outperforming the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The closest American competition is the Dodge Viper and numerous foreign competitors such as Ferrari and Porsche. Fortunately, the Corvette can more than hold its own.
With a standard 6.2 liter small block V8 producing 430 horsepower, it faces off against the likes of the Porsche 911 Carrera. Unlike the Porsche, the Corvette offers a lot of value for the money. For barely $50,000, you get world-class performance that you simply can't beat (in America, at least). Chevrolet also designed the Corvette as a Convertible originally in order to maximize performance without a hard top. Of course, this is the base model and the Ferrari-beating Corvette ZR1 will empty your wallet by some $115,000.
But for the everyman/woman who's ever wanted a high performance piece of Americano at a reasonable price that won't make you consider renting out a room in your house to an unwanted relative, the Corvette can't be beaten.