The primary objective lying ahead of the Corvette team when they started developing the first mid-engine Z06 in history six years ago was a monumental one, to say the least. They shot for the stars with their stated goal: to “put the automotive world on notice,” and, though it is a bit early to throw them a parade, the 670 naturally-aspirated HP (it still gives me goosebumps every time I get to type that!) fruits of their labor seem to have thoroughly hit the mark, judging by reactions across the automotive industry and in the high-end vehicle forums in the two days since they were finally made public!
Hot on the heels of the Z06 unveiling at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, McLaren’s CEO threw up his hands and left the company that he had turned into a legitimate force in the streetcar space during his eight years at the helm. Is that just a coincidence? Decide for yourself, but we don’t believe in such things!
The Ferrari and Porsche customers that Tadge, Harlan, and the gang have been watching like hungry wolves, licking their lips with conquest on their minds, have also taken notice of the Z’s inherent greatness! The Z06 reveal was a tsunami, and the waves and aftershocks are still evident in the respective forums of these blue-chip, European sports, and supercar manufacturers.
Over on FerrariChat, the C8Z thread had already amassed 19-pages before anything was even made official, and since the camo came off, it has remained at the top of their “other cars” section. The comments, from #441 and on, that have come in the past 48 hours should be enough to make Mark Reuss and GM’s “C-suite” pound their collective chest with pride. 95spiderman kicked things off after BJK “live posted” the HP figure by type-screaming “omg omg omg!… sounds like tearing silk fabric,” then there was a “holy cow” followed by multiple proclamations of deep infatuation, including this gem from poster VAF84:
And ’95 Spidey hopped back in by saying “good night” to his Cayman GT4 RS order while saying the Z sounds even “better than a 458.” Jo Sta7 was completely thrilled and couldn’t wait… “what a machine,” while Edward 96GTS echoed what so many Corvette people have been saying for the past two years: “finally some nice looking wheels.” MikeR397 was already pulling a CorvetteBlogger and planning out his build:
TheMayor jumped in with a lengthy post that concluded with the money line; “I have to say… well done Chevy. If Ferrari made this everyone on Fchat would be over the moon.” And Spidey expanded upon his sudden lack of interest in the upcoming Rensport Cayman:
While YTheMayor added some excellent perspective; “The Americans have raised the bar. And they are going to make them at prices in mass production that no one else would even try” and, “Its completely unfortunate but this is the car Ferrari has forgotten how to make,” in response to boxerman’s claim that “we [finally] have the 100k Ferrari beater.”
Boxer then took it a step further by seriously shading the current state of the Prancing Horse:
It is a good thing that most ‘Vette people were proactive about getting on dealer waiting lists, because a good portion of the comments were along the lines of italiafan’s “Amazing! Now I need to get on a waiting list somehow.”
There were also a few concerns about the overall weight of the Z, but most of those were brushed off with some great-to-see enthusiasm!
Meanwhile, on the Porsche-centric Rennlist, a funny thing was happening. A fair amount of the orthodontists (just a joke!)/posters on the site were treating the Z06 with the same condescension that our commenters reserve for hi-po Mustangs (even when they have 760 HP, a DCT, and carbon fiber wheels). Luckily, enough people over there could see the light, including Porsche “addict,” surquhar who kicked off the admiration by saying, “I think the new Z06 is freaking awesome and I would buy one in a second if I were able to get one at MSRP,” followed by slc4s who added:
And, so, it continued:
Then, because the car is too impressive to tear down, the strawman arguments started popping up left and right:
Until, finally, the pro-Vette crowd prevailed:
… For a while…
Last we checked, the battle was still raging, keeping the C8Z talk at the top of another forum, for better or worse.
What does all of this mean?
The C8 Z06 garnering so much attention, even amongst owners of two of the most prestigious automotive brands in the world (we haven’t even expanded our search to Mercedes, BMW, etc. forums, but the makers and prospective owners of the buck-toothed, 473-horse, twin-turbo, $73-100,000 G82 M4 have to be pining for an updated E46 or E92 M3, at the very least), is outstanding news for GM, Chevrolet, and the Corvette brand. On the flip side of that coin is the preexisting hoard of loyal Corvette customers, who suddenly find themselves with a mountain of new, well-to-do competition for the already limited C8 allocations. If you find yourself lamenting all of the newbies coming into the Crossed Flags fold, take solace in the fact that you are a Veteran of the ‘Vette, share your knowledge and passion with the new recruits, and enjoy the magnitude of respect that our favorite car is receiving; it is finally a vehicle that is free of any corner-cutting or “for the price” stipulations. A world-class vehicle, designed, engineered, and built right here, in the land of the free, that can stand up face to face with any car at any price. Friends, Chevrolet might have just minted the greatest car in the world, and hardworking, everyday people have just as much of a chance at ownership as the Buffetts and Zuckerbergs of the world, and THAT is something worth celebrating!