Expert review written by the Kelley Blue Book vehicle review editorial team.
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If you want the ultimate value in American sports car performance, capability and refinement, a car you can drive comfortably to work all week and then take for a long trip or exercise on a race track on weekends, the Z06 is for you.
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This Z06 is a thoroughbred that’s expensive (relative to lesser cars), runs on premium fuel and is not available with an automatic transmission. Depending on their image and performance aspirations, less committed sports car buyers should consider either a regular Corvette or something smaller, tamer and less pricey.
OnStar is now available, as is a new acoustic package (included in the 2LZ Package) designed to reduce interior sound levels.
Despite its race-inspired capability, the Z06 is designed to be a comfortable daily driver. Like other 2007 Corvettes, it has a small-diameter steering wheel for more precise steering feel. The two-tone leather seats have contrasting stitching with Z06-logo embroidery. A revised gauge cluster includes a 7000-rpm redline tachometer and a new oil pressure gauge readout reflecting the dry-sump system’s higher pressures. On the other hand, there’s less acoustic insulation (to reduce weight and allow more pulse-pounding aural feedback from the powertrain), the seats are lighter and their fixed side bolsters more supportive, and the passenger seat adjustments are manual to save the weight of a power-adjust motor.
Chevrolet’s fixed-roof Z06 coupe has several distinctive and functional design features that set it apart from "ordinary" C6 Corvettes. The Z06 has a wider body with a larger grille opening, a cold-air scoop ahead of the hood that feeds the engine’s air inlet system, flared front wheel openings with large air extractors behind the wheels, widely flared rear fenders with brake cooling scoops ahead of the wheels, a small functional rear spoiler that houses the center high-mounted stop light (CHMSL), larger quad stainless steel exhaust outlets, special 10-spoke wheels (18-inch front and 19-inch rear) and newly-designed Z06 front fender badges.
Despite the Corvette’s ample size, the lightweight Z06 is amazingly athletic. The Corvette’s marvelous Active Handling system features three progressive settings that allow skilled and experienced drivers to explore the massive tires’ traction limits with a significantly reduced danger of punching a hole in the scenery. Hauling the Z06 down from its aggressive speeds is a set of huge front brakes, using six-piston calipers with six separate pads (for more equalized wear) on vented and cross-drilled 14-inch rotors. If that’s not enough, the four-piston, four-pad rear calipers operate on 13.4-inch vented, cross-drilled rotors. The six-speed heavy-duty manual gearbox is a trifle crude in its operation, yet the clutch seems surprisingly light. If there’s a better power adrenaline rush available at or near this price, we haven’t found it.
The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $70,000. Given this car’s low production numbers and future collectable status, you can expect most Z06’s to fetch more than the MSRP. Amazingly, with a combined EPA average of 20.5 miles per gallon the new Z06 is the only car in its class to avoid the costly gas guzzler tax. To get an idea of what the Z06 is selling for, be sure to check out the Fair Purchase Price, which provides the typical transaction price being paid in your area. We project the Z06 will retain a high residual value over a five-year period, besting the values of the Porsche 911 Carrera and equaling those of the standard Corvette.
The well-equipped Z06 comes with standard leather seating, dual-zone air conditioning with cabin air filtration, fog lamps, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and Head-Up Display (HUD) with track mode and G-force meter.
Z06 options include polished wheels, a power telescoping steering wheel, heated seats, driver and passenger side-impact airbags, universal home remote, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar and a Bose premium audio system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer.
LS7 Gen IV V8Essentially a racing engine in a road car, this ultimate iteration of the legendary Chevrolet small-block V8 is hand-assembled at GM Powertrain’s new Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan.Active HandlingThis amazingly effective dynamic chassis control system is smarter, less intrusive and more adept than ever at reining in all that torque and power when necessary.
Under the Hood
The Z06’s all-aluminum 7.0-liter LS7 V8 boasts competition-style dry-sump lubrication, titanium connecting rods and intake valves and specific block, front cover, oil pan, exhaust manifolds and cylinder heads, compared to the 400-horsepower 6.0-liter LS2 standard Corvette engine. The only available transmission is a Tremec six-speed manual.7.0-liter V8 LS7505 horsepower @ 6300 rpm470 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/26
The Corvette Z06 offers definitive proof you don’t have to be a millionaire to get behind the wheel of a genuine supercar. Packed with technology gleaned from the Corvette racing program, the Z06 is as fast as the Dodge Viper, Porsche 911 and even the legendary Ferrari F430. Best of all, the Corvette can deliver a 3.7-second zero to 60-mph run and a top speed of 198 miles per hour for tens of thousands of dollars below the competition. More than just a Corvette with a big engine stuffed under the hood, the Z06’s entire chassis has been re-tooled to provide an ultra-light, ultra-strong frame capable of dealing with the 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine’s awesome output while helping to keep the car’s weight below 3,200 pounds.