2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
By David Nguyen
The Corvette Z06 is the latest and greatest iteration of this iconic American sports car. It now sports the LS7 7.0 liter V8 pumping out 505 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque with a 7,000 rpm redline. Not only is the "base" 400 hp Corvette a heck of a machine, the Z06 moves the benchmark even further with the aforementioned engine upgrade, as well as a wider track front and rear, and larger brakes at all four corners as well.
The frame rails are made of alumnium rather than steel as on the base model. The front fenders and outer wheelhousings are made of carbon fiber. The result is 50/50 weight distribution and a curb weight of around 3,130 lbs, 116 lbs less than the regular Corvette.
Impressive as that is, the car really shines when it comes to numbers. Zero to 60 mph IS in the low 4 second range, the quarter mile pass by in the low 12s, lateral cornering around the skidpad at 0.98 G, and top speed is 198 mph. This is supercar performance. Nothing else comes close for this kind of coin. It has to be the best bang for the buck for a car straight from the factory. How much are we talking? Around $65,000. Hamburger pricing in a world of filet mignon.
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Pictures of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06
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Posted April 20, 2006
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