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Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

Will the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible be Robb Report’s 2016 Car of the Year?

Will the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 be Robb Report‘s 2016 Car of the Year?

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The latest Chevrolet Corvette Z06 represents a long-standing production practice. The original Z06 was conceived in the early 1960s by Zora Arkus-Duntov, the chief engineer at GM who helped transform the Corvette from a docile roadster into a world-class sports car. After the Automobile Manufacturers of America banned factory-sponsored racing, he wanted to provide a performance package for Corvette owners who would continue to race their cars. Thus, since launching the Corvette’s second generation in 1963, the company has produced the Z06 and other top-tier variants that are comparable to the highest-performance European sports cars.

The 6.2-liter V-8 churns out 650 hp and 650 ft lbs of torque, and it can be paired with an an optional automatic transmission. When equipped with the 8-speed, paddle-shifted gearbox and the Z07 performance package (which includes 40 percent stiffer suspension, bodywork that is more aerodynamic, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires), the Z06 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 2.95 seconds. With the automatic transmission and Z07 package, a Z06 coupe posted the fastest time ever for a production car tested on GM’s 2.9-mile test track, beating the Corvette ZR1’s record by a full second.

Configuration: Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive convertible

Engine: 6.2-liter supercharged V-8

Transmission: 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters

Power: 650 hp at 6,400 rpm

Torque: 650 ft lbs at 3,600 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,582 lbs

Zero to 60 mph: 2.95 seconds

Top Speed: 185 mph

Base Price: $84,395

(chevrolet.com)

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