Germany’s famous Nurburging. 13 miles of ups, downs, twists, and turns affectionately referred to as the Green Hell. Over the last decade automakers have used ‘Ring lap times as a means to define the performance of their latest creations. Back in 2011 Corvette test driver Jim Mero lapped the Nordschleife (“North Course”) in 7:19.63 in a C6 ZR1. But what will the new 2015 Z06’s lap time be?
We already know that the new Z06 is going to be fast, stupid fast. 0-60 mph happens in just 2.95 seconds with the 8-speed automatic and 3.2 seconds with the 7-speed manual. The 8 speed auto’s time is about 3 tenths of a second faster the than the old C6 ZR1. While not officially reported yet, we suspect that the Z06’s top speed will be just north of 200 mph.
So with the recent sightings a of 2015 Corvette Z06 stomping around the Nurburgring a fews week ago, we got to thinking – what will the official time be if GM releases one? Will it crack the magical 7 minute barrier? That’s pretty a tall order, but let’s look at what some of Corvette’s competitors have run. According to nurburgrinelaptimes.com, the SRT Viper ACR ran a fast lap of 7:13.13 while a Nissan GT-R Nismo ran a 7:08.68.
We’re guessing that the Corvette team has the Viper’s and GT-R’s times set as targets for the new Z06. We also suspect that the new car will best both of those numbers, but have no idea where it’ll end up. We should also point out here that all of the lap times we’ve mentioned here so far are already quicker than a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Ferrari Enzo, and the Lamborghini Aventador. That’s pretty good company to be in (and front of).
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