By on January 13, 2014

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The outgoing Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was arguably one of the most admirable products in automotive history and certainly the most focused Corvette ever sold to the American public. Its replacement has more of what the people who actually buy Corvettes truly want.


Power comes from a supercharged 6.2L LT4 small-block, to the tune of “at least 625hp and 635 lb-ft of torque”, through a seven-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic. This product — the automatic Z06 — is one for which the Corvette customer base has been screaming since 2003 or thereabouts, so little wonder that it’s finally here. Also along the lines of “giving the people what they want”, the Z06 now has a removable top. There will also be a “Z07″ package with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup DOT-R tires, additional downforce, and carbon brakes.

The LT4 is claimed to be the first supercharged V-8 engine with direct injection.

How do we feel about the Z06 at TTAC? In a word — disappointed. Purity was what made the last two generations of Z06 special. There are few badges that command the same kind of universal respect at a road course. This new Z06 will no doubt blow the doors off the old one, but to some degree it’s just “a Corvette with more stuff”.

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79 Comments on “NAIAS 2014: Corvette Z06 Trades Purity For Customer Driven Features, 8-Speed Automatic...”


  • avatar
    Short Bus

    An argument can be made regarding a modern, performance focused automatic transmission being in a Z06….. not so much for the removable top.

    • 0 avatar
      imag

      The Exige roof detaches as well. Do you think Exiges are soft?

      The Exige and the Corvette are both engineered such that the tops are not part of the body structure. Both are incredibly rigid with and without the top. So what is the point of fixing the roof?

      • 0 avatar
        See 7 up

        obviously its to add weight

      • 0 avatar
        Short Bus

        After rereading my posts three or four times, I’m not sure where you’re getting “soft” from. Maybe there’s an error in the internets and I’m not seeing something I don’t remember typing.

        You raise a fair point, but at the same time the Exige is based on a chassis that was always intended to have a removable top. In your strawman you could probably also insert the S2000, because the S2000 was designed to be a convertible, I must think it’s soft as well.

        If Chevrolet has given up on the FRC idea, then whatever. But they can’t expect people to see the omission in the lineup and not groan a little.

        • 0 avatar
          imag

          The C7 is based on a chassis which was always intended to have a removable roof.

          It seems clear that they kept it on the Z06 because it’s the same design as the standard model. The C6 had two different fixed roof configurations; the C7 just has the one, and it’s detachable. They only needed one fixed roof option across the lines because the new chassis is 40% more rigid than the old one.

          The point is that there is an argument to be made for the removable top: that the car is designed for it, is more rigid than the C6, and there is little to be gained from permanently attaching it. Finally, it does not prevent anyone from having a closed top, so there is no functional omission.

        • 0 avatar
          imag

          Ah – and R&T has quoted data:

          “GM says the new Z06 is 60 percent stiffer than the old Z06 when the new car’s removable roof panel is in place (yes, you can finally take the roof off of the Z06). And even with the panel stowed in the rear hatch, the ‘15 Z06 is still 20 percent stiffer than the old car.”

          In other words, it’s all good, even if you just leave the roof on.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Give the buyers what they want. I know there is romanticism in a car being so pure nobody will actually buy it, but that’s a pretty piss poor way to run a car business. The removable top is pretty blasphemous though. But no old man would buy a “Corvette LX”. Besides, they might dust off another old badge for a raw version the internet will find satisfactory

  • avatar
    slow kills

    Any model with a mandatory manual transmission earns massive cred with me. It means the driver has a modicum of skill.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      So F1 drivers = no skill?

      • 0 avatar
        See 7 up

        No displayed shifting skills. F1 pushed for autos for a reason. It removes driver error in an event won more and more by technology. Drivers that were more prone to bad shifts are no longer a detriment.

        I won’t say an F1 driver is bad, but in a pool of equal greatness, relative shifting skills will matter.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    So now the ZO6 can either be optioned as PURE or as ZO6 Grand Touring edition.

    Which of course is why the Z07 has been introduced… for a more track focused package.

    I totally understand that GM is giving the customers what they want but a more “soft edged” Z06 reinforces the idea of Corvette owners as mid-life crisis guys.

    • 0 avatar
      johnny_5.0

      Just for clarity, the Z07 package has been around for a while. It added the MR shocks, carbon ceramic brakes, some additional cooling, and the sport cup rubber to the previous gen Z06 when selected. It was optioned on most of the press cars putting down stupid fast lap times.

    • 0 avatar

      I actually think its more I’m about to retire what should I buy crisis guys. At least here in new England most new vette’s seem to have drivers pushing 70.

  • avatar
    carveman

    The Z06 was the Vette that the pot bellied gold chain wearing mid life crisis crowd bought and then stained the drivers seat with. They should give the auto removable roof option code poseur 1.

  • avatar
    Blackcloud_9

    So sorry TTAC is disappointed, but your first line – “Its replacement has more of what the people who actually buy Corvettes truly want.” – pretty much sums it up. The key word being BUY. The auto industry is a business after all and one of their primary goals is to make money.
    I’m sorry the new Z06 isn’t niche-y enough for you but GM does need to sell cars. So, if they put out a Z06 that does everything better than the outgoing model, can’t you live with the fact that it has (Horror of horrors) an automatic transmission (available not required) and a removable top.
    I imagine very few Z06′s bought previously ever spend a lot of real track time. They are bought as status symbols.
    It sounds like the Z07 package will make it as track-y as one could want it to be.

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      The C5 and C6 Z06 are the most commonly “tracked” cars above Miata price level in the United States. I’ve attended hundreds of open-lapping days and I’ll stand by this. It’s not rare to see two dozen Z06es at a NON-CORVETTE-CLUB function at a track.

      • 0 avatar
        Blackcloud_9

        I’ll cede to your point, Jack. Since I know very little about track days and track day cars, I probably should have refrained from my ” very few Z06′s bought previously ever spend a lot of real track time” comment.
        I’ll just demote myself to B&AB grade. (Best & Almost Brightest)

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        Agree with Jack. Corvettes are extremely popular track cars. Easy to work on, parts are “cheap” and there are tons of racing grade options available at all different price points. Relatively easy to drive, but in capable hands a great performance car that won’t shake itself apart after two laps at 9/10ths. Nothing complicated when you go home on Sunday and change oil, bleed brakes, etc.

        They can be acquired relatively inexpensively compared to MSRP, and if you’re done tracking, another buyer is easy to find assuming the car isn’t completely chewed up and spit out.
        The number of Neons I see is dwindling – but the Miata/MX-5 and Corvettes are very popular, I’m always amazed that I still see ye’ old Porsche 944s doing track duty

      • 0 avatar
        ellomdian

        But in fairness, how many of them were purchased new from the local Bow-Tie Vendor? Most of the people I know who take theirs to the track more than once or twice a year bought them second (or third) hand from…. someone who would probably would have preferred that the car had an automatic when they bought it.

        It’s going to be VERY interesting to see how hard it is to swap the manual in 3-4 years, given the pedigree the Z06 has on the club circuit.

  • avatar

    I watched the event on YouTube, and I was disappointed. From the Z06 being trailer-queen’d in anti-spy photo clothes in front of a parade of Corvettes (instead of running free and naked like it should have) on a route that was 25 minutes too long, to the car running out mid-unveiled for three seconds before someone remembered to take the clothes off all the way (and the fact the only clapping I heard was from Mr. Reuss didn’t add to the excitement), and the cheesy rock soundtrack/cheesier voice-over work… the hype train derailed for me.

    Also: I don’t like yellow. Also-also: I prefer a fixed roof.

    Finally, 635 lb-ft < 650 lb-ft. Yay.

  • avatar
    sirwired

    Yeah, how dare GM actually create cars their actual customers want to buy, rather than cars mostly non-customers gush about.

    If they had kept it “pure”, would TTAC then be posting how GM persists in its money-losing ways by continuing to produce cars with impressive specs, but don’t actually sell?

    I don’t see anything disappointing about GM producing what their customers want to purchase.

    • 0 avatar
      ash78

      The Vette is the poster boy for the American sportscar worldwide wang-measuring contest, so people get heated.

      Guess what: No matter how great it gets, Clarkson will still make fun of it. It’s not like they’re building a Corvette Cayenne or something. These departures from “purity” are pretty minor in the scheme of things.

      • 0 avatar
        OneAlpha

        ash,

        Interesting that you should say that about Clarkson – here’s my take on why.

        Top Gear isn’t biased against American cars – it’s biased against America. See, the opinion-makers of Europe have always seen the United States as an undeservedly successful lot of classless rabble – nothing more than an anarchic collection of criminals, peasants, religious fanatics and social outcasts.

        People who, in a properly-ordered society, would’ve been condemned to lives of poverty or imprisonment. By this line of thought, Americans should’ve amounted to nothing, but instead we built history’s greatest civilization. How galling that must be…

        When Top Gear rips a Corvette, a Mustang or anything in Cadillac’s lineup, they’re not trashing the car. Well, okay, they are, but mostly it’s that they don’t like the culture that made that car. See, to the opinion-makers of Europe, cars are rightfully a plaything of the wealthy or a privilege of the aristocracy, not an aspect of the common man’s life.

        That a plumber, or an auto mechanic or anyone who’s not at least a captain of industry or a minor baron can have an automobile galls them tremendously; it’s a violation of the natural order of things. To say nothing of their own home, nice clothes and an abundance of inexpensive food.

        Look, a Corvette isn’t actually a cheap piece of crap. A Mustang actually can outhandle most European cars on the street or track. And Cadillacs actually are really nice, luxurious, well-made cars. Not just objectively, but especially when one considers the price.

        The Mustang GT is as good as a BMW M3 around a road course, all with its supposedly inferior solid axle and “questionable” interior, for half the price. To me, that means BMW has some explaining to do.

        A Corvette ZR1, in every quantifiable respect but price, is the equal of a Ferrari. But it has no prestige because it’s durable, affordable and reliable.

        • 0 avatar
          ash78

          Well put — TGUK inherently has to create an “Us and Them” mentality for entertainment purposes. They play on stereotypes that go well beyond what most US shows could get away with.

          It’s all in fun, but I know plenty of people who take Clarkson’s opinions seriously or personally.

          You wisely point out that a lot of it comes from the British (and wider European) sense of classism, something that has no real analog in the US. I’ve had quite a few conversations about this with working-class Brits (or Drinking-Class Brits, as Oscar Wilde would classify them) and it’s very difficult to explain American class mobility or our “flat society.” Even with our growing income and wealth inequalities here, it’s still (socially speaking) pretty tame.

          • 0 avatar
            OneAlpha

            Hell, Bono once described the difference between Americans and Europeans by pointing out that an American looks at a big house on a hill and says, “someday, I’m gonna BE that guy,” and the European looks at the same house and snarls, “someday, I’m gonna GET that guy!”

        • 0 avatar
          b787

          Have you ever even watched Top Gear? Clarkson regularly makes fun of almost everyone
          .
          Autoblog compiled a nice list:
          “The list of people, organizations and even countries that have been offended by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson is long and illustrious: Mexico, Christians, Muslims, the Romanian government, environmentalists, women, Poland, Scotland, Boy Scouts and Catholics, Tesla, his own countrymen, family counselors, Christians (again), labor unions, Indians, Wales, handicapped people, cancer victims, black people, Wales (again), hackers, environmentalists (again), Americans, and his own countrymen (again).”

          And the list is hardly complete – of the top of my head I can add Germany (a huge one, worse than the US I guess) and Albania.

          “…instead we built history’s greatest civilization. ”

          Blah, blah, blah. You are pretty succesful, there is no denying that, but Europe as a whole is as developed if not more than the US. The only thing we lack is a common foreign relations policy. Because of the fragmentation, US has much stronger influence over the world.

          Also if I recall correctly, Clarkson was quite positive about the Corvette last time he drove it.

          • 0 avatar
            imag

            Agreed. They have made whole episodes making fun of the British car industry. They regularly make themselves look ridiculous as well.

            I think the trouble is that Americans don’t understand British humor.

          • 0 avatar
            OneAlpha

            “I think the trouble is that Americans don’t understand British humor.”

            Right, the standard go-to excuse for firing back at some Englishman trashing something American.

            Someone once described Top Gear as “Clown nose on, clown nose off.”

            When they review a car poorly, they’re discriminating experts, well-versed in the indicators of quality, style and substance.

            But if anyone objects to having their vehicle slandered, Top Gear protests that they’re simply entertainers, and not to be taken seriously.

            Can’t be one AND the other, guys.

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            “The only thing we lack is a common foreign relations policy”

            No, your central banking policies pretty much suck, too.

            Still, Europe is a lovely place, and there are some Americans who would be better off if they’d remember that we are ultimately allies with a great deal in common and a lot of shared interests.

        • 0 avatar
          bikegoesbaa

          “By this line of thought, Americans should’ve amounted to nothing, but instead we built history’s greatest civilization”

          America built Scandinavia?

          • 0 avatar
            OneAlpha

            Yeah, I’ve never seen a Swedish, Finnish or Norwegian flag on an aircraft carrier, a moon lander or a nuclear-tipped missile.

          • 0 avatar
            bikegoesbaa

            So you judge a civilization based on the quality of their military and aerospace hardware? That seems like sort of a lopsided metric.

            You must also think very highly of the USSR and China.

        • 0 avatar

          Unfortunately, we’re no longer the country of classless rabble. Upward socioeconomic mobility in the US has gone down the tubes as income inequality has increased. We now have LESS upward mobility than most european countries.

          http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2013/06/13-facts-higher-education

          And as B787 points out just above, Clarkson is catholic in terms of who he makes fun of. Don’t take offense. The Corvette is still a great car. It’s too bad fewer and fewer Americans can afford one.

      • 0 avatar
        hubcap

        “Guess what: No matter how great it gets, Clarkson will still make fun of it.”

        Why would you care what Clarkson or anyone else says? Do you trust his judgment over yours?

      • 0 avatar
        ...m...

        …top gear has consistently lauded both the modern corvette and the modern mustang: they love both cars and can’t get enough of them…

        …euro-elitist stereotypes aside, they haven’t hesitated to give credit where it’s due…

  • avatar
    ash78

    Let me guess: Two 12v plugs, three USB plugs, and 20,000 hair plugs.

  • avatar
    OneAlpha

    So, here’s what I see happening in 20 years.

    I’ll go looking for one of these, because I’ve always liked them and can now afford a nice used one.

    After a long search, I finally locate the only one in the region that’s got the right color, wheels and mileage. My search is over.

    But it’s a slushbox. Damn, I was THAT close.

    So I’ll buy it, but now I have to go find a manual transaxle and all the associated parts to correct GM’s stupid mistake.

    And the slushbox goes in the lake.

    • 0 avatar
      hubcap

      “So, here’s what I see happening in 20 years.”

      You’re concentrating on the wrong things. Use your power of prognostication to find great stock picks, real estate moves, and other assorted and sundry items that will make you money.

      Then rewrite your story…”After taking a ride on space mountain (aka the wife 38-26-36) I stopped by my local Chevy dealer and picked up a C7 Z06 with a manual transmission. A car I’ve always wanted.

      • 0 avatar
        slow kills

        Does anyone not see this as a step towards Porsche-dom, where a third pedal will not be offered in the not-so-distant future?

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          @slow kills, yes.

          @OneAlpha, that swap should be fun given the rear mounted trans-alxe. (Not saying impossible just more fun than the conventional RWD engine/transmission/drive shaft/axle setup of the 1953 through 1996 Corvettes.)

        • 0 avatar
          redav

          There will come a day when an automatic will do absolutely everything a manual does and do it just as well. When that day comes, there will be no need for lamentation because it does everything just as well as the manual.

          • 0 avatar
            See 7 up

            Well, when that day comes I’ll rejoice, because the automatic you mention will come with a clutch pedal and a middle console mounted lever than changes the gears in the transmission.

            Unlike many others, I’ll acknowledge an automatic may offer performance advantages. However, I like shifting my own cars. I like the feel of the clutch and some of the things that a clutch allows me to do. I also like being able to shift when I want and although paddle shifters allow this, they do not provide the feel I previously mentioned. I may have a very limited imagination, but I can’t see an automatic replacing that experience.

          • 0 avatar
            redav

            I don’t see such an auto having a foot clutch, but I certainly could see it having a traditional gear shift.

            I don’t give much credibility to arguments that boil down to “different is worse.” No, it won’t feel the same, but that will be of ever-decreasing impact as time marches on.

          • 0 avatar
            hubcap

            “…there will be no need for lamentation…”

            Made me think of….

            Conan, what is best in life?

            To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.

          • 0 avatar

            @redav
            There will come a day when self driving cars will do absolutely everything a human driver does, and do it just as well. When that day comes, there will be no need for lamentation because it does everything just as well as the human.

            (cough, sputter, sputter!!!)

            (Note to anyone who may wish to quote me here: QUOTE ONLY IN FULL CONTEXT!!!

  • avatar
    doctorv8

    “The LT4 is claimed to be the first supercharged V-8 engine with direct injection. ”

    I think Jaguar/Land Rover had Team Corvette beat by several years on the DI/blown V8 combo.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I’m surprised it took them this long to put the auto in there. Every other similar competitor car has had an auto for ages.

    I’m warming to the looks as well. It’s lots more brash than it used to be, but that’s okay.

    • 0 avatar
      Short Bus

      To my eye it looks dramatically better in person. I thought it looked okay in pictures, but seeing it on the road changed my feelings towards it. Fantastic looking car.

      • 0 avatar
        Mullholland

        This.
        I would only add that the car looks dramatically better in-person—on the move.
        My moment of conversion on the new Corvette design came about a week ago on the way to the office. My first look was of one moving swiftly along in the fast lane. In that moment, even in that most cliche of Corvette colors, red, I wanted one.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    Anyone ever stop to ask why the removable-roof, shiftless Corvette driver wanted the Corvette distinguished by having neither of those things? The ZR1 was ripe for the boulevard treatment, but the naturally aspirated ZO6 was a real driver’s car. Now it’s a cut-rate ZR1 for poseurs. Chevy was building real equity for the ZO6 badge, but their haste to cash in on it damages their ability to ever build another legend attached to an option code.

    • 0 avatar
      imag

      This is an unbelievable amount of carrying on about two *options*.

      Don’t like the detachable roof? Leave it on.

      Don’t like the auto option? Don’t order it.

      I swear, it’s not like either of these things compromise the car. The frame design of the C7 means that the removable roof is a non-issue; it is tremendously rigid. And if you want the additional rigidity of the roof, just leave the damned thing on. I’m sure they decided that they had already engineered a roof that was light and worked perfectly well, so they just didn’t bother fixing it for no reason. The Exige roof detaches too – do people think Exiges are soft?

      And a second transmission option doesn’t harm the manual in any way.

      Cripes.

  • avatar
    agent534

    What’s wrong with an auto and removable top?
    Don’t all the Porsches and Ferrari’s have autos now?
    And I didn’t think the removable top will affect stiffness of the chassis in any way. It’s not a unibody you know.
    I don’t get the hate.

    • 0 avatar
      Short Bus

      I don’t get the hate for the auto. If it offers the same level of control and returns increased performance, the only thing left is a simple love for the act of rowing the gears and pumping the third pedal (which I understand).

      As for the removable top…. the Z06 badge has come to represent the enthusiast ideal of purity in performance, much like the GT3 variant of the 911. As a whole we’ve come to accept certain things be added to our performance cars, luxuries such as air conditioning, power windows, etc. But a removable top, even today, feels like a flagrant violation of that purity.

      • 0 avatar
        See 7 up

        It doesn’t offer the same level of control, period. Case in point – you cannot dump/slip a clutch on an automatic in any meaningful way.

        Now one may argue that really doesn’t matter on the track or everyday driving. Not to mention that I am sure on a track a very good auto can very well be faster, and at times can increase driver control since shifting isn’t necessary and driver error is eliminated. Fine. But that doesn’t mean an auto offers the same level of control.

        • 0 avatar
          Short Bus

          So that’s the only argument left for a manual gearbox? Because you can do better burnouts with a manual clutch?

          My understanding is that the reason for this car’s existence is to dominate a race track, as in one with turns (which is how I should have framed my “control” statement in the first place). I have never experienced a situation on a track that required me to dump or slip the clutch, ever.

          Outside of any assertions that the ability to dump the clutch is necessary in a car like this, which has more than enough power to create plenty of tiresmoke with the traction control switched off, the auto box in this car is likely to offer the same level of control as a manual box.

          • 0 avatar
            hubcap

            To me the primary reason for a manual box is it’s more engaging. I know its shifts slower and isn’t as precise as a dual clutch but it’s what I’d want.

            That being said, IMO the biggest faux pas GM has made is not fitting this car with a dual clutch. A torque converter on a Z06?

            Come on man!

          • 0 avatar
            See 7 up

            But nobody buys it only to dominate a racetrack, hence the removal top.

            Anyway, as one that realizes performance gains are not always had with a manual, they are more personally engaging for ME. That is the only real stat that matters to ME, a non professional driver that doesn’t get paid to win races.

          • 0 avatar
            slow kills

            I must assume you’ve never driven a manual transmission in any meaningful way. I’m no racer but driving in the snow, the ability to feather the clutch, immediately disconnect, and have absolute control over the engagement speed is something that makes me wonder why anybody puts up with bumper cars.
            You’re thinking digital about an analog process.

    • 0 avatar
      CJinSD

      GM says the C7 Z06 loses 25% of its rigidity when the top is removed. Just think how much strength the lid would add if it were properly bonded in place instead of merely attached with latches!

  • avatar
    eamiller

    Since when is choice a bad thing? Unless Jack is complaining about the fact that the engine is blown instead of naturally aspirated (is a NA engine somehow inherently more “pure”?), it sounds like you can option your Z06 to be a very focused track package (7MT + Z07). Does the availability of the automatic transmission somehow diminish the manual transmission car?

    OK, so the manual transmission isn’t mandatory… Who cares?

    If you want your Z06 in manual transmission form, you’re welcome to buy it that way. If you want your 2014 Z06 in manual transmission form in 2020, well then I can empathize since the 8AT will be far more popular. Then again, GM doesn’t much care about the 6 year old Corvette you just bought.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    I was dissapointed just trying to build a regular C7, why bother with so many packages? Why not save money and just build 2 C7 packages? Performance exaust? Why would I NOT want that on a Vette?

    Now we have the Z06, but you’ll never get the real Corvette experience unless if you order the Z07! Got a Z07? Great! Next year you can trade it for a ZR1! But if you want the True Corvette experience you must order the ZR2 with super performance exaust and 87% more carbon trim!

    • 0 avatar
      imag

      Options provide three benefits for automakers:

      1. They allow them to get the base price as low as possible. That draws in buyers without enough money for a high spec option.

      2. They provide a way for a buyer to add money here and there, potentially more than they would have done if they saw the whole price at once.

      3. They allow manufacturers to get very high margins on the options. Customers will pay more for a performance exhaust as an option than they would on an aftermarket exhaust because it is easy and already engineered for the vehicle. Meanwhile, it costs the manufacturer *less* to provide that exhaust than the aftermarket because they are making it in volume and because they don’t have to provide the original standard exhaust.

      Basically, the reason is that it makes them money. Porsche is the king of high-cost options. I’d say GM gives you a huge amount of bang for the buck in comparison.

    • 0 avatar
      imag

      And the upgrade-itis you point to is part of smart consumer strategy. You want people eternally craving the next best thing. It’s sad, but it works.

      In fact, I would say that part of the reason the S2K and the NSX sold so poorly for Honda overall is that they didn’t have an upgrade strategy to keep folks interested and buying them. All those special editions and upgrades keep buyers in pursuit of the next great thing.

      From a personal perspective, the only way to be happy is to buy what you want and enjoy it without worrying when future models come out.

      • 0 avatar
        Ryoku75

        “1. They allow them to get the base price as low as possible. That draws in buyers without enough money for a high spec option.”

        Normally I’d agree with this, but its been proven that more standard options reduces the cost of building a car, thus if the C7 had more standard features it would in theory have a lower price all the while offering even more bang for the buck.

        With “upgrade-itis” (Good way to put it btw), I must be in the minority since one of the big turn offs for me is looking at a car and knowing that I’ll always have an inferior model.

        Also, the NSX was made for over 10 years and despite hardly changing on the outside, Honda was consistently fiddling with it in order to improve it, over the years get got better engines, better wheels, etc. It didn’t sell well because most shoppers preferred paying extra money for a more powerful Ferrari, or the more budget minded Toyota MR2.

        With the S2000 it was less options and moreso the car climate of the time and the Miata being a lighter, more practical, cheaper alternative.

    • 0 avatar
      hubcap

      Disagree on the packages kinda. I mean I like being able to order a car and have most everything included. The S2k is a good example of this as are the Hachi-Roku twins. On he other hand being able to pick and choose what you want and what you don’t is attractive and ultimately gives more choice.

      Regarding the performance exhaust you’re spot on. Why wouldn’t I want it?

  • avatar
    philadlj

    What’s frightening is that if there’s another ZR1, it will have top TOP this. I’m thinking V12, possibly made from two of GM’s 3.6L V6s. Or hell, put one engine in the front and one in the back, a la Mosler TwinStar, because BALANCE!

  • avatar
    Luke

    Tempest in a tea pot.

    People use their Corvettes for a lot of things. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to take the roof off and cruise to the DQ on a summer night. And I’m confident that the average track day or HPDE attendee (who hits 2-4 per year as the real world allows) will be faster, more consistent, and have more fun with a paddle-shifted auto than with a manual.

    My concern about the Corvette is generational – who will buy them as the potbellied boomers realize they’ve had their fill and move on to Rascals and tapioca? I don’t see a ton of guys in their 30′s buying Corvettes. I hope to do my part in the next year or two but I feel like a minority.

    • 0 avatar
      Short Bus

      I don’t know…. around here it seems like the younger guys appreciate the Corvette just as much as the older guys. I don’t think Chevrolet will have to work too hard to keep the line churning out cars for decades to come.

    • 0 avatar
      ash78

      “cruise to the DQ on a summer night”

      Dairy Queen or Disqualified, either one is a fair use of a Vette.

  • avatar
    reclusive_in_nature

    How will people know how a-special I am if manuals go away?!

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    The removable top – I can see the ire.

    The OPTION for an automatic. I don’t get why people are complaining. It’s an OPTION. It isn’t mandated. If someone wants that pure experience, they order the 7-speed manual. I don’t see why people are worked up over the “option” when many other supercar and near supercar producers don’t even offer a row your own option.

    The Nissan GTR – dual clutch automatic.

    There is this story (among others) showing trends for row your own, even in what people would consider a “pure” performance car:

    http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/05/02/end-manual-transmission/

    The only supercar that comes to mind without blinking with a row my own option is the Audi R8.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    Meh, I wanted to love it, but I don’t love it. I am over the Corvette hype. The tacked-on spoilers and disjointed rear ends really bother me. The new F-Type coupe is much more up my alley.

    • 0 avatar
      Short Bus

      That the F-Type is one of the most gorgeous looking and sounding vehicles ever built doesn’t take away from the fact that this Corvette is pretty amazing itself. Just my opinion; love them both for different reasons.

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    OH MY GOD, AUTO AND CONVERTIBLE ZO6, THE WORLD IS ENDING!!!!

    Really guys? That is a lot of what is going on here.

    Seriously, these are just two options on a sheet. Don’t like them, don’t order them. Cars back in the day used to have pages and pages of options one could add on.

    Think of it this way. We like the Z06. GM likes selling cars. By no longer alienating the Auto and convertible crowd, GM will sell more cars and keep producing the Z06, which we like.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    Am I the only one who doesn’t care about the roof and available auto, but instead mourns the fact that a 427 Corvette no longer exists and the Z06 is now just the new ZR1?

    That bums me out more than anything else. Sure GM will keep selling the LS7 crate motor for as long as people keep buying them, but the Z06 losing its major defining trait (IMO) hurts more than a removable top or a slushbox.

  • avatar
    tjh8402

    My disappointment in the new Corvette continues. First the styling, and now this slap in the face to enthusiasts. You already had the ZR1. Why did you have to do this to the Z06?

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    This option should have been the Gran Sport.


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