And God said: "Let there be the 2015 Corvette Z06"!
This pretty much sums up my review! I mean come on... 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque? First thing that comes to my mind is the barf bags that people will need when riding in this car!
Chevy set out to make the best Corvette ever made and they managed that. This is an extraordinary car. It is a huge improvement over the last Chevy flagship, the ZR1, and as every bit much as fun to drive but with a lot more quality and refinement where it matters most.
The 2015 Corvette Z06 makes 650 hp, 650 lb-ft of torque and costs between $79,000 and $105,00 for the top Z07 package, which makes it both tremendously fast and unbelievably cheap. Its supercharged, 6.2-liter, direct-injected pushrod V8 LT4 engine is not as technologically advanced as some of its competitors but it is simple and extremely efficient. The Z06 comes with standard magnetic dampers and carbon-fiber body panels. The optional carbon ceramic brakes are almost a must if you intend to drive this car on the track, although the base configuration brakes will do just fine for street driving.
The first thing you notice when driving this car (yes I actually drove one) is how fast it is. The down-force generated by the various aerodynamic design elements creates 500 lbs of force at high speeds, which is absurd for any car. When it comes to extreme fun factor the Z06 is the car to have!
The Z06 has been ranked among the world’s best, competing with and outperforming the likes of the $353,115 McLaren 650S Spider, $274,120 Lamborghini Huracan and $163,000 Porsche 911 GT3 and the $230,000 Ferrari 458 Italia. It is obvious that the value you get for the money is unbeatable!
Here are some impressive facts:
- Engine: 6.2L V8 Supercharged
- Power: 650 hp
- Torque: 650 lb-ft
- Transmission: 8-speed automatic or 7-speed manual
- Wheelbase: 109.7 in
- Curb Weight: 3,533 lb (51/49%)
- Base Price: $79,000
- Price as Tested: $105,210
- 3.2/2.9 seconds 0-60
- 10.9 seconds @ 127 MPH Quarter Mile
- 1.16 G (AVG) Lateral Acceleration
- 60-0 Breaking in 91 ft.
- Top Speed: 185 mph
This is a beautiful car both inside and outside. Corvette's have been continuously improving from year to year. This one has gone a step farther, adding the appropriate mix of technologies such as a magnetic suspension and an electronic feedback loop between the suspension, the steering and the differential that works in milliseconds to help tame this 650 hp monster, without getting in the way of fun!
A few cars can make you smile as much as this one! And wow, that exhaust has to be the best exhaust ever made! I really want one in my garage!