2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 

  • $70k built in America
  • 2006-2010
  • 500 HP 7.0L
  • 198 mph
Without exploiting launch control, which is handy but beatable, we clocked a best sprint to 60 mph of 3.9 seconds and 12.2 seconds at 117 mph in the quarter-mile.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2013)
The wheel-balancing weights might fly off at top speed, but my love for the Vette convertible remains.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 1997)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Chevrolet Corvette

0-60mph

Corvette Z06
3.6 s

Top speed

Corvette Z06
198 mph
Agera R
260 mph

0-100mph

Corvette Z06
8.3 s

1/4 mile

Corvette Z06
12 s
Focus RS WRC
14.9 s

Data points Key details of the Chevrolet Corvette

Price

Corvette Z06
$70k
Agera R
$1.40M

Horsepower

Corvette Z06
500 HP
Agera R
1,115 HP
Focus RS WRC
212 HP

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Performance

The LS7’s 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque seem to manifest at every point in the rev range, and the LS7 slings the 427 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and through the quarter in 12.2.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2012)
Chevy says the software allows Active Handling to take more precise control of rear braking.
by www.insideline.com (Dec, 2012)
Clearly this is a learning lap, but the confident chassis provokes ever deeper prodding of the throttle until an attention-getting tail-wag in an off-camber hill-cresting left-hander signals it might be time to pit for a breather.
by MotorTrend (Oct, 2008)

Powertrain

For example, these prototypes were built with the less-expensive four-speed auto­matic transmission (about 60 percent of Corvettes are sold with automatic).
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2013)
It was serious power, but it meant the convertible took third place in the lineup to the 505-hp Z06 and the $112,575 Corvette ZR1, which has a 638-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8.
by cars.com (Aug, 2012)
Precision balancing after assembly may have accounted for the clean, smooth running of the engine, and its ability to rev freely to around 5500.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 1970)

Handling

Due to its combination of GM's Magnetic Ride Control suspension and ZR1-specific Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires, the Super Vette has the neutral, positive-at-the-limit handling we always wished the Z06 possessed.
by www.roadandtrack.com
The run-flat tires remain, but Juechter says Goodyear softened the sidewalls to improve ride quality.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2004)
It's built into the suspension; the Corvette has more suspension travel than any other car manufactured in this country.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 1971)

Engine

To handle the change, assistant chief engineer John Juriga and his crew added fortified valve springs and lightweight hollow-stem valves, a feature last seen on a Corvette in the late ZR-1's twin-cam LT5 V-8.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2001)
The hydraulic system for the top mechanism is powered by a separate electric motor, which allows operation with the engine off and avoids direct absorption of any engine power.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 1970)
It's a premium quality engine from the very core — double-shot-peened connecting rods, tuftrided crank, forged pistons — and you pay for it: $1220.70 as an option.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 1971)

Transmission

Standard on Anniversary Edition models and optional on other Corvettes, the F55 system marks a significant advance in suspension design.
by MotorTrend (May, 2002)
This does give the brakes a lot of work, but even the standard Corvette binders are remarkably durable these days.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 1970)
The Corvette 5.4's fabulous titanium mufflers remain standard equipment.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2001)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Chevrolet
Price $70,175
Type of car Production car
Year 2006-2010
Highest auction price $117k, January 2009
Highway mileage 5 MPG

design

Body style Coupe

transmission

Drivetrain RWD w/Electronic Traction Control
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 2.97:1
  2. 2: 2.07:1
  3. 3: 1.43:1
  4. 4: 1:1
  5. 5: 0.71:1
  6. 6: 0.57:1
Axle ratio 3.42:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 285/30 19
Rear wheels 510/30 20

road tests

Top speed 198 mph
1/4 mile 12 s
0-60mph 3.6 s
0-100mph 8.3 s
0-200kph 11.8 s
Lateral acceleration 1.04 g

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.26 lb/hp
Maximum hp 500 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 465 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM
Engine placement Front
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 7,011 cc
Cylinders V8
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 11:1
Bore/stroke 4.13 in / 4 in
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,130 lb
Width 76 in
Height 49.1 in
Length 174.6 in
Front track width 63.5 in
Wheelbase 105.7 in
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