The 2015 Corvette Z06 was introduced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show back in January which seems like a lifetime ago. But on Monday, a bevy of auto magazines finally released their long anticipated reviews of the most powerful and track capable Corvette that Chevrolet has ever produced.
One of reviewers of the new 650 horsepower super car was Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago who filmed the experience for MT’s Ignition webcast which appears on their YouTube channel.
Carlos opens the review with the Corvette Z06 Coupe roaring around Road Atlanta and right away you hear that beautiful exhaust note coming from the 6.2 liter supercharged engine which makes a whopping 650 hp and 650 ft-lbs of torque.
Carlos says “This thing is so fast at speed and the G-forces are such at speed that you have to remember to breathe, you have to remember to hold on, and you have to remember where you’re pointing it. It is absolutely insane!”
Motor Trend’s test vehicle was a Velocity Yellow Corvette Z06 Coupe armed with the 7-speed manual and stage 2 aerodynamics. Their testing found the Corvette capable of 0-60 mph sprints in 3.2 seconds and the quarter mile at 11.3 seconds at 126.2 mph. This was a faster time but slightly slower mph than when they tested the C6 ZR1. Breaking distance from 60 to 0 mph was 91 feet which was also equal to the distance held by the previous King of the Hill.
On the skid pad, the Corvette Z06 ran Motor Trend’s figure 8 course in 22.5 seconds – the fastest ever for a production car that wasn’t the Porsche 918. BTW, the Porsche 918 was only .3 of a second faster and costs $845,000. The Corvette Z06’s 1.16 g average on the skid pad was the best lateral acceleration ever tested by MT that wasn’t a race car.
“The car is extraordinarily fast. Just listen to that!” Carlos says as he’s got the power down on Road Atlanta and we see a glimpse of the speedometer as it crosses into three digit territory. “This is absolutely amazing. I keep wanting to call it a ZR1 because it reminds me of the car in all the good ways, none of the bad ways.”
”My first impressions of this thing are pretty, pretty, pretty awesome. This thing offers a performance value with, so far, not many downsides. 650 horses, 60 pound feet, incredible performance for not a ton of money. It’s kinda nuts” says Lago.
Here’s the full review with offers 11 minutes and 26 seconds of pure Z06 bliss. Enjoy!!