When Chevrolet unveiled their first-ever mid-engine Corvette Stingray, the world was talking about it, and Corvette purists weren’t too happy with the mid-engine placement. But there’s no denying it the new Corvette has awakened a number of car manufacturers from their sleep. As for the Z06, it’s not your “regular” mid-engine Chevy Corvette; it’s the evil Doppelgänger from the standard supercar.
The Z06 looks sharp; it looks like it wants to bite the back of other supercars and push its way forward and take the lead. For those of us who have already heard what it sounds like, we know it doesn’t have its tail between its legs when it comes to competing from the Porsche 911 GT3, Ferrari F8 Tributo, Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Huracan Evo.
The rivalry is no doubt deadly, but so is the Corvette Z06. The wide front and rear designs look like they were shaped to cut through the wind, and it looks no less exotic than any other supercar out there. It has a ridiculously terrifying stance and the cockpit is designed with comfort in mind, but we’ll get to that later.
With an all-new 5.5-liter LT6, mid-range naturally aspirated V8 — which also claims to be the highest-power V8 — we find out if it justifies its suggested retail price of $105,000 for the coupe and $112,500 for the convertible.
Razor-sharp design for the Corvette Z06
The new Z06 has nothing in common with the Z06 models of the past. The new car is much more aerodynamic, steers much better and has lines that are sharp enough to disturb the wind. The wider fenders accommodate wider wheels and tires. At the front, it has huge vents that suck clean air into a central heat exchanger, keeping the engine, brakes and transaxle cool.
To cover the wider tire tread, designers had to stretch the front and rear fenders a bit, 30mm wider (front) and 40mm wider (rear) than the stock Stingray. The Z06 is not only wider, but also looks lower due to all the aerodynamic bodywork. Those floating tailpipe trims in the rear look great, and this exists for one strong purpose: precise tuning in the exhaust note. The rear is also wide, with large air intakes.
The standard Z06 gets a front splitter and a rear spoiler, in which, among other things, a fixed reed beak is mounted. The wickerbill is a small vertical tab located on the edge of the spoiler: this helps to increase the downward force. There’s even a carbon fiber aero package, with a huge front splitter, pedestal-mounted rear wing, canards on the front corners and aero strakes for the bottom that aid in maneuvering on the track.
A driver-focused cockpit for the Corvette Z06
The cockpit of the Z06 is as driver-oriented as any other supercar out there. Equipped with premium materials, it has the look and feel of a Stingray; only better. The carbon fiber is there to remind you that this is a lightweight car that has the intentions of putting other supercars on the track, to shame.
What is unique about the Z06 is the carbon fiber wrapped steering wheel, shift paddles and Level 2 carbon fiber interior trim. Customers can also choose hand wrapped leather interior options, including the new Adrenaline Red.
Raw performance from the Corvette Z06
Jay Leno is the only automotive celebrity/presenter who has managed to drive the Corvette Z06 first hand firsthand. He was thrilled with his performance – and we’d like to think we would be too, thanks to its 5.5-litre LT6 V8. He’s right when he says that its custom engine makes this Z06 so special.
With 670 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, Jay believes he has what it takes to close the horns of the European supercar class. This is by far the best engine to power a Corvette, thanks to the latest engine technology incorporated into it. The Z06 accelerates brutally and is one of those fun, high-revving supercars of late.
Corvette Z06 versus the “best” supercars
We’re going to focus on two things that make a supercar attractive: its looks and its performance. In terms of styling, the Corvette Z06 looks no less extreme than the Hurcan Evo and Ferrari F8 Tributo. The new 911 GT3 is undeniably a 911, despite the many generations it has lived through. The GT3’s large wing gives it the exotic look it needs, but without the wing it would just be another 911 to behold.
On the other hand, the F8 Tributo doesn’t have the charm of Pininfarina’s designs, but the rear gets enough markings. The current-generation Audi R8 may have a V10 that resembles a Lambo, but we’d rather stare at the previous-generation R8 in a museum. Every time Chevrolet has introduced a new one, the Corvette Z06 has evolved, and so has the C8 today.
While the Porsche 911 GT3 delivers 509 hp and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, the Audi R8 produces 620 hp and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds. The Ferrari makes the most power here with 720 horsepower, and it’s also the fastest, with a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds.
Following on from the F8 Tributo, the Huracan Evo comes with 639 hp and a 0-60 time of a Ferarri rival of 2.9 seconds. The Italians are the most powerful cars here, but the Corvette Z06 is welcome to the party with its latest, high-performance drivetrain, outpacing the Lambo by a decent margin, although its acceleration times have not been revealed.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is an affordable supercar
With the prices quoted at the beginning of this article, there’s no supercar you can get with a naturally aspirated V8 and all the low-profile aero parts that come with it. So while it may not be the fastest, customers will overlook that because of the sheer quality and thrill the Z06 gives you the moment you accelerate!