The Corvette Z06 has always been one of the best car bargains. It has always been priced like a sports car, while packing supercar performance and speed. However, Chevy recently released its pricing for the new C8-generation Corvette Z06 and this time it’s priced more like a supercar, starting at $106,395, and it will be available to order from July 28. That makes it almost $25,000 more than the previous C7-generation Z06.
The entry-level Corvette Z06 1LZ is what you get for that starting price of $106,395, including a destination surcharge of $1,395. Stepping up to the 2LZ brings the price up to $115,595 and the top-end 3LZ costs $120,245. Chevy won’t say what extras you’ll get as you step up the trim level ladder, though luxury goodies like an upgraded Bose sound system, upgraded seats and maybe a little more suede in the cabin can be expected. Choosing the Z06 Convertible raises the price even further for the 1LZ ($113,895), 2LZ ($122,595) and 3LZ ($127,245).
Still, those prices undercut most mid-engine cars by a huge margin. The closest mid-engine supercar to that price range is the Audi R8, which starts at $148,700. Chevy, however, borrows a page from the European supercar options book, as there are some pretty pricey add-ons for the Z06.
For example, the Z07 package costs $8,995, which entails FE7 suspension, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin Pilot Cup 2R ZP tires and floor pans. However, if you want that Z07 package, you should also get the carbon fiber aero package, which comes with a carbon fiber front splitter, rear spoiler, dive planes and rocker panels. The carbon aero pack comes in two different flavors: flash painted or unpainted exposed carbon. The former costs $8,495 and the latter costs $10,495. Since the Z07 package comes with the carbon aero package, you’re looking at $17,490 or $19,490 for both, depending on your choice of carbon fiber finish. Or you can get just the carbon aero package, without the Z07 package.
However, if you get the Z07 package, you can also opt for carbon fiber wheels, which remove 41 pounds of unsprung mass. Again, your chosen finish changes the cost of the carbon fiber wheels, with flash painted wheels costing $9,995 and exposed carbon wheels costing $11,995.
With just the options Chevy has revealed, a top-spec Corvette Z06 costs over $150,000 and comes closer to $160,000 if you choose the convertible. That’s still cheaper than most Ferrari and McLaren supercars, but it’s in the same ballpark as the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 GT3. Although its all-new flat-crank engine is the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever made, with 670 horsepower and a red line of 8,600 rpm, so it should feel as exotic as the Audi and Porsche.
What is more important, however, is the starting price. The entry-level Z06 1LZ doesn’t come with the luxuries its higher trim levels offer, nor with all the fancy carbon bits, but it will still offer the same supercar slaughter performance at a price that drastically undercuts its competitors. So while it’s significantly more expensive than the outgoing Z06, this new one is still the bargain for a performance car it’s always been.
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