A hard-edge version of the seventh-generation Corvette Stingray that was introduced in 2014, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (chevrolet.com) delivers performance comparable to that of sports cars built by Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, and Porsche. And with a starting price of $79,000, it does so at a fraction of the cost. “America’s supercar,” as General Motors calls the Z06, is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged aluminum V-8 that generates 650 hp and 650 ft lbs of torque. The engine can be paired with an 8-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission or a 7-speed manual. When equipped with the automatic gearbox and the Z07 performance package (which includes 40 percent stiffer suspension, more aerodynamic bodywork, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires), the Z06 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 2.95 seconds. That is the fastest zero-to-60-mph time of any front-engine, rear-wheel-drive production car.
The Z06’s sharply creased body, which resembles that of the Ferrari F12, has wider fenders than the base Stingray, and the car has adopted components from the C7.R racecar. These include a hydro-formed aluminum frame, composite floor panels, a carbon-fiber hood and roof, and a rear spoiler.