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”.