AutoWeek Drives the Z06

AutoWeek Drives the Z06

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Autoweek hits the newstands this week with their review of the 2006 Z06 Corvette. As their title suggests, “Chevrolet’s Corvette Z06 enters the supercar segment – and changes the game.” The review starts with an incredible play-by-play (shift-by-shift?) of the Z06 running at the famed Spa-Francorchamps, a 4.3 mile road race course in Belgium: “An atomic forward rush presses flesh and bone into the seat, interrupted only when the brain protests the car cannot possibly enter the approaching bend this fast, even though Chevy claims the Z06 will maintain a 1.04 g lateral load during steady-state cornering…But time and again the Z06 proves it can.” “The Z06’s $65,800 base price marks it as the greatest value in supercar history, and the performance means those poster-buying kids should now lust after a Corvette, value or not. ” While there is some lamenting of the lack of refinement for the interior, we are entertained with the quote by Corvette’s Chief Engineer Dave Hill who says the development team did not think the Z06 needed an interior upgrade, given the car “would come in substantially less expensive than the Viper but with substantially more performance and refinement.” He acknowledges that “may not have been the right thinking, but we didn’t want to get the car too pricey.” Click here to read the entire Autoweek Review.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I am one the the Corvette’s biggest fans, and I have been for years, I think that Chevrolet has done an excelent job with the design of this car "Cudos" to them.
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    I had lost faith in Chevy for a while, when they took the Camaro off of the market, but theirs nothing like a big bad Corvette to take my mind off of that whole idea.
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    The Corvette a milestone in automotive history when it was built, and Zora Arkus Duntov done a great thing when he took the designing and enineering of the Corvette over.
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    I think this new Corvette would have made him proud, I do believe that this is what he strived for all those years, and I think is is look down on the Corvette with a smile on his face.
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    The 2006 ZO6 Corvette is a breakthrough in the American automotive industry, and a car that deserves a lot of respect.
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  2. Dave:

    I was thinking the same thing about Zora earlier this week. I find the parallels of the Corvettes built by Zora and today’s Z06 to be very interesting and perhaps an example for other manufacturers that want to develop a high-performance sports car that would compete with the world’s best:

    Zora takes the Corvette to the race track and develops the car into a world class racer. Technology learned on the track is then transferred to consumers.

    Chevrolet reestablishes the Corvette Racing program. Takes the C5 to the track and develops the car into a world class racer. Technology learned on the track is transferred back to consumers.

    Yes, indeed. Zora would be smiling.

  3. I’ve been to the Viper Alley blog and seen what those people have to say about the 2006 ZO6 Corvette, and naturally not a lot of it was any good, but I dobelieve the their going to learn a losen, and very quickly when they race one of these beasts aginst their Vipers, and this is saying nothing bad about the Viper, I happen to think that it’s an awesome car also, but it’s not a ZO6 Corvette.
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    No matter what anybody says, I think Chevrolet has taken this car to the extreme as far as it’s design and what they have done withthe car while still keeping it affordable, unlike the Viper, Chevy has always had the best car design team working for them, and they always will.
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    Zora didn’t create a car, he created a lengend, the likes of which Mopar or any other car company could ever do, and the man is with out a doubt a very proud one at this time, rather he’s dead or alive, the Corvette will never die, it will of course go through it’s down times ("like the 80’s") but I think that we’re long apasst the road blocks, and moving to the future now, and nobody at Chevrolet has a damn thing to be disappointed about.
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    So for all those who are nonbelievers, beware the Corvette is back with a vengence.

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  4. I’ve been to the Viper Alley blog and seen what those people have to say about the 2006 ZO6 Corvette, and naturally not a lot of it was any good, but I dobelieve the their going to learn a losen, and very quickly when they race one of these beasts aginst their Vipers, and this is saying nothing bad about the Viper, I happen to think that it’s an awesome car also, but it’s not a ZO6 Corvette.
    <br />
    No matter what anybody says, I think Chevrolet has taken this car to the extreme as far as it’s design and what they have done withthe car while still keeping it affordable, unlike the Viper, Chevy has always had the best car design team working for them, and they always will.
    <br />
    Zora didn’t create a car, he created a lengend, the likes of which Mopar or any other car company could ever do, and the man is with out a doubt a very proud one at this time, rather he’s dead or alive, the Corvette will never die, it will of course go through it’s down times ("like the 80’s") but I think that we’re long apasst the road blocks, and moving to the future now, and nobody at Chevrolet has a damn thing to be disappointed about.
    <br />
    So for all those who are nonbelievers, beware the Corvette is back with a vengence.

    <a href="http://muscle-car-resto.com/blog">Muscle Car Blogs</a>

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