CAR magazine • 2 April 2015
It’s a worry, then, the Z06. Far from commanding meek respect, it begs that you try to thrash it like a hot hatch wherever and whenever you can, massaging your self-belief like a shameless, 650bhp sycophant as it does so. What’s more, the cost of entry doesn’t put the thing safely out of reach on a very high shelf. In America it’s £52,000. When it arrives here, as it’s set to imminently, steering wheel on the left, sadly, the coupe will start at £86,980. It’s enough to keep you awake at night.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Track Retest • 19 March 2015
Let's answer the obvious question then: How does the Z06 perform when the rear end is aligned properly? Better. Much better. Recall the car previously did a good-but-not-great 1:27.10 during our comparison test. This time? 1:25.00. A massive 2.1-second difference. The big question, then, is whether to reverse the result of the comparison test . As you'll recall, the decision was extremely close. What ultimately tipped the balance in favor of the NISMO is that its performance came despite its disadvantages. As noted in that test, "It's working with an older chassis, significantly more weight, less powerful brakes, less tire, less power, and much, much less torque." In that regard, nothing has changed. It's also almost as fun to drive on the street and nearly as fast as the Z06 on a racetrack. Carlos Lago and I have debated the subject, and we agree it's simply impossible to say without putting both cars back-to-back again. Based on the information we have, the best we can do is declare a mistrial rather than overturn on appeal.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 First Test • 24 November 2014
That new eight-speed automatic must add more, right? Nope, it appears to be the product of the Have Your Cake and Eat It Department. Chevy engineers looked into twin-clutch gearboxes but couldn't find one that withstood the torque output, fit the packaging constraints, or met weight targets. They built an automatic that would, and the remarkably compact result weighs only 8 pounds more than the manual. With faster and more aggressive shifts, a wider ratio spread, and a tall eighth gear (1,200 rpm at 60 mph), it benefits both performance and fuel economy. It also helps produce an utterly satisfying bark on full throttle upshifts. Would it be shocking to call the Z06's lateral capabilities more impressive than its acceleration? Its 22.5-second lap on the figure eight is the second-fastest production car we've tested behind the Porsche 918's 22.2 seconds; the Z06's 1.16 average lateral g is the highest we've seen from anything that wasn't a race car. Credit the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires included in the Z07 package. Their bare shoulders have small "vestigial" tread marks, per Juechter, and their combined section width totals 4.1 feet. With my right knee and elbow against the tunnel, my left against the door, it felt like driving a Tilt-A-Whirl.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 First Look • 13 January 2014
If the supercharger doesn't get to Z06 purists, the transmission might. Yes, a seven-speed manual (with auto rev-matching) is still offered, thank goodness, but for 2015, you'll be able to order an eight-speed (torque converter) automatic. And why not, says Bill Goodrich, assistant chief engineer on RWD automatics. "The eight-speed transmission is designed to give fuel economy without sacrificing performance," he says. I assume the all-new, in-house-designed paddle-shift automatic was benchmarked against the fantastic ZF eight-speed auto, but Goodrich corrects me. "We used Porsche 's PDK for reference," he says. "Our upshift times under full throttle are actually slightly quicker than the Porsche's." Huh. It's safe to say that when the C7 Z06 arrives in showrooms in late 2014, it'll be vying for the title of quickest production Corvette to date. We can't wait to find out.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06: 2011 Best Driver's Car Contender • 6 September 2011
On the seats... "I had this conscious feeling of the seat being soft, just kind of squishing around in the seat." Randy Pobst is one of the most accomplished American race car drivers on the road today. His career includes two overall wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona, four World Challenge GT Class championships, five Sports Car Challenge championships and nine SCCA national championships. He currently drives for KPAX Racing in the World Challenge series.