Proving that the 2015 Corvette Z06 belongs to an elite club of production cars with more than 600 horsepower, Chevrolet is showing off a graph on just where the Z06 comes in comparison with others in same class.
That 650 hp number is huge for all of us horsepower fans who like to start (or end) flame wars on the forums and youtube posts as in “The Corvette Z06 has 650 horsepower, bitches. Get over it“. But the real beauty of the LT4 is that torque curve which produces 457 lb-ft of torque just off idle and 625 lb-ft of torque by 2,800 rpms. Chevrolet says the supercharged LT4 maintains 90 percent of its peak torque from 2,500 to 5,400 rpms.
In the official press release, Chevy points out that the V12 powered Ferrari F12 Berlinetta produces 28 percent less torque than the Z06 despite offering about 12 percent more horsepower. The Ferrari doesn’t even reach peak torque until 6,000 rpms. The Corvette Z06 reaches a peak torque of 650 lb-ft at 3,600 rpms.
With 650 horsepower, the Corvette Z06 feels right at home in the list of super cars. But in terms of pricing, the Z06 stands alone (or maybe a couple steps in front of the SRT Viper). Looking at the cars ahead of the Z06, two cost more than a million dollars, one is almost a million and the others would set you back several hundred thousand dollars.