In 2015, the Z06 became the most powerful Corvette ever built, taking that crown from its predecessor, the ZR1. Developed alongside the company’s C7.R endurance racing car, the Z06 shares many features with the C7.R, including aerodynamic design details, key chassis components and the technologies used in the design of its high-performance engine. Unlike many track-inspired performance cars, the Z06 is, relatively speaking, affordable to buy and run, making it an excellent choice for those who do not have unlimited funds to spend on their passion for high-speed automobiles.
Key Performance Statistics
The Z06 was designed to appeal to hardcore performance enthusiasts and boasts an engine that reflects this design brief:
- Maximum Power – 650 bhp
- Acceleration – 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds
- Top Speed – 188 mph
The 6.2L, V8 engine is supercharged and comes with either a 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission – the automatic transmission being an optional extra. Weighing in at 3,536 lbs, other optional extras include a carbon aerodynamics package and a track package featuring tyres and brakes designed to maximise performance on race days: if testing the limits of your driving abilities is your main aim then these optional extras are sure to appeal. The exact performance of your Z06 will, of course, depend on whether you choose to add these packages to your vehicle or not but with or without them, you can rest assured that your new Corvette will not be found wanting in the power department, wherever you choose to drive it.
Utilising Modern Technology to the Max
Although the Z06 is undoubtedly an experienced driver’s car, it features a number of modern digital enhancements that make it easier for drivers of all abilities to push the envelope when taking this beast on the road or out onto a local race track. An engine-management computer, electronic steering assistance and computer-controlled differential and suspension all help to ensure that taming the Z06 is nowhere near as difficult as the raw performance figures might suggest. If you are confident in your driving abilities but have yet to test yourself in a true supercar, the Corvette is an excellent choice for your first foray into this field of motoring and will help you to stay in control as you become accustomed to the high speeds that such vehicles are capable of achieving.
At the time of writing, the Z06 is still in production so if you are interested in trying one for yourself, you have the choice of buying either new or secondhand. Either way, you will be acquiring a serious high-performance car.