That seems Jay Leno’s favorite word to describe how he feels about the 2015 Corvette Z06 as the popular comedian, retired Tonight Show host, and car fanatic gets to see, touch, and drive a pre-production model of the Chevy supercar in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
“Man, this thing is fast!” he says during his rip-roaring drive along a curvy, hilly California road with Chevy product specialist Shad Balch.
If Corvette ever needs another spokesman, Jay sounds like the man.
“This is the still the greatest sports car of all time almost for any amount of money,” he says of the new Z06. “It’s pretty incredible.”
Jay laments that his “old” ZR1, which cranks out “just” 638 hp, has been put to pasture by the new Z06.
But he’s obviously proud to be driving this new American car that ranks right up there with the best the world has to offer.
“A hundred grand compared to Porsche, Lamborghini, whatever, (the Corvette is) an amazing car,” Leno says. “And it’s actually great fun especially to me as an American to see this put alongside European exotics that cost two to three times more. You kinda get that little bit of pride – yeah, it’s made in America and it’s a Chevy and it’s a car you can drive every day.”
Jay says the fun thing about a Corvette is that nobody begrudges you for having one.
“You know, sometimes when you have a fancy sports car, people tend to go, aw, look at that guy. But a Corvette, you always get the sense that maybe the guy worked hard and he had a business and he kinda earned it for himself, that’s kinda what I like about these cars. This is like a working man’s dream.”
Most people can’t aspire to own a Ferrari or a McLaren or any car like that, Jay says, “but a Corvette, if you work hard and play your cards right, you can have one of the great supercars of all time for fairly reasonable money compared to other sports cars out there.”
Jay and Shad go over all the impressive performance particulars of the Z06 before Leno finally climbs behind the wheel and lets the Corvette prove itself to him on the road.
As the video comes to a close, though, blue lights suddenly appear behind Jay, leaving us to wonder how many other Z06 owners will wind up with tickets, too, and not to the Tonight Show either!
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