Article by Anthony Alaniz (Anthony_Alaniz). Images from Chevrolet.
We’ve already covered how quickly the new 2015 Corvette Z06 drops our panties, and what goodies to expect from the range-topping model. With a starting price that borderlines on reasonable, General Motors and the folks at Chevrolet have been mum on exactly how all 650 horsepower translates into tangible numbers.
Now we know. And all we can say is shut up and take our money.
The Z06 comes with two transmission choices, the seven-speed manual and eight-speed automatic, which was designed by General Motors in-house. With transmission technology seemingly on an exponential path to eliminating any human input whatsoever, the automatic transmission can rocket the sports car to 60 mph in just 2.95 seconds.
For cars with owners who like to row their own gears, 60 mph comes in 3.2 seconds, which is still nothing to sneeze at however large the difference between the two times is. There is also a difference in quarter-mile time depending on transmission choice. Automatics come in with a 10.95-second time compared to 11.2 seconds for cars with the manual. Trap speed for both gearboxes is 127 mph. Which begs the notion that the stock tuning is preventing the powerplant from realizing its true potential.
Power comes from the massive 6.2-liter, LT4 V-8 engine producing 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. For the price, the level of performance the Z06 puts out compared to the competition is ridiculous. How the bean counters at GM managed to offer so much performance for approximately $80,000 is lost on us. If you look at the competition, there is nothing in the same league as the new Corvette.
The closest you can come to Z06 performance is in the $117,000 Nissan GT-R Track Pack, and even then the Corvette still beats out the GT-R’s 11-second quarter-mile time. The Audi R8, one of the sleekest and sexiest sports cars on the market, commands a price of $189,000 and can only muster a 0 to 60 of 3.2 seconds. So slow.
While the Porsche 911 Turbo collects a zero to 60 run of just 2.6 seconds, the price starts at $200,000. You could, theoretically purchase a Z06 and GT-R Track Pack for about the same price as one 911 Turbo. You know that Hennessey and Lingenfelter will soon have their grubby little mitts all over the supercar and with it will come supercharger and turbo kits, transmission upgrades and body kits. It will only be a matter of time before the 2.95 0-to-60 time will feel slow.
With such great performance already at the helm, it will be exciting to see where the modifying community takes the car, especially when compared to the competition.