Car and Driver magazine had themselves a shootout down in Southern California comparing a 2007 Corvette Z06 vs. the 2007 Lotus Exige S and a 2007 Porsche 911 GT3. As the headline suggests, the Z06 was the clear winner not only on the track, but as the best daily driver of the three. Several of the tech editors had driven the 2006 Z06 last year and were a bit “unnerved by at-the-limit high-speed twitchiness” and tricky handling. The 2007 Corvette Z06 left the editors so surprised at how well it handled on the track this time compared to their previous test that they contacted Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter who told them that shock-damping rates has been dialed in to make the car less jumpy when pushing it to the limit. “Bottom line” says Juechter, “The car has gotten better”.
But the Corvette Z06 ainâ€™t just any old Corvette. It has a 428-cubic-inch small-block LS7 V-8 engine with titanium connecting rods and inlet valves, a dry-sump lubrication system, and an induction manifold so large you could pass a basketball through the engine. Okay, not quite, but itâ€™s pretty big. The Vette redlines at 7000 rpm, where it is making a noise like Godzillaâ€™s jackhammer and thrusting the car and its occupants along with the vehemence of a Category Five hurricane.Notable highs for the Car and Driver Z06 include the “Flexible and powerful engine, good comfort and convenience” as well as the “stellar track conduct”. Lows point out the same-ole-same-ole complaints of the subpar seats and interior as well as “that gold-chain rep”. However, their final verdict sums it all up: “You can’t buy this much performance anywhere else for the price”. Visit Car and Driver for the entire lowdown and make sure you see the extras: The video and audio galleries and the individual car’s test sheets are available for viewing.
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