The Z06 is the fastest corvette ever built. It boasts a 500 horsepower 427 cubic inch engine with lightweight components.
What does this mean in a 3130 pound car? It means superior performance beyond all other Corvettes. 0-60 is estimated in less than 4 seconds
along with under 12 second 1/4 mile performance. Top speed is reported to be more than 190 MPH
Summary of Highlights & Specs
Starts at $70,000
- 505-hp 7.0 Liter LS7 aluminum-block engine
- Dry-sump oil system
- Extensive race car technology and lightweight components
- Massive six-piston front and four-piston rear disc brakes
- Aluminum frame/magnesium engine cradle
- Carbon-fiber front fenders, wheelhousings, and floorboards (with balsa core)
- Available OnStar(1)
- Powered by a Corvette-designed 6-litre, twin-turbocharged, W12 engine developing more than 500bhp.
- Tuned to provide not simply massive power, but also the unmistakeable Corvette delivery achieved only by the coincidence of high torque at low revs.
- Drive is sent to all four wheels, a first for a Corvette - as is the paddle operated, six-speed automatic gearbox.
- All-wheel drive and electronic stability programme were considered essential not only for the Continental GT's performance, but also to provide year-round versatility in all conditions.
Chevy Corvette Z06 Photos
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The Z06 gearbox is a six-speed manual transmission, with a smooth linkage that makes shifting very easy.
The antilock brakes are made with massive crossdrilled and vented rotors all around: 14 by 1.3 inches
in front and 13.4 by 1 inches in back. The front calipers are six-piston, while the rear are four-piston.
This vette uses the most advanced form of GM's StabiliTrak stability-enhancement system to assist in keeping
the lively 505 horsepower under control.
The frame design of the Z06 is made from hydroformed aluminum instead of steel to save weight versus the
standard Corvette. The Z06 also has a magnesium roof structure for extra rigidity.
The Z06 has a firmer suspension tuning than the standard Corvette, appropriately designed to work with its
larger wheels and tires, 275/35/ZR18s in front and 325/30/ZR19s in the rear. The need for a spare tire is
eliminated by using run-flat Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires.
The heads-up display (HUD) in the Z06 could very well be it best interior feature. GM invented it nearly 20 years ago.
The HUD system allows the driver to monitor important information with your eyes on the road which is crucial,
given the Z06's acceleration and speed potential. The HUD shows digital speed; revolutions per minute in a
race-car-like analog display; and lateral acceleration in g-forces (digitally) on the windshield in front of
the driver, in a translucent display under the main line of vision.
In summary, it is lighter, faster and strengthened in the right areas. Everything you would imagine in a supercar.