Jay says he is very excited to do the review of the Z06 which he calls “the best American can do” and that it “doesn’t get any better than this.” Joining Dave is the Lead Development Engineer on the Z06, Aaron Link.
Aaron takes Jay on a walk around the car and offers up all the facts and figures of the car which most of you now can recite in your sleep. Aaron says the real star of the car is the bespoke LT6 V8 engine which he calls the “Nirvana” of a mid-engine sports car as it has the flat-plane crankshaft and the ability to rev to 8,600 RPM.
Jay tells Aaron that with all the new features on the Z06, he likes how GM continues to outdo itself on the Corvette as well as other vehicles. That claim is backed up by the fact that the LT6 is the most powerful naturally aspirated car in the world.
Once we get the door open for a look inside, we see that gorgeous Level 2 Carbon Fiber Trim Package on the center console as well as the door panels and the Z06’s steering wheel. Jay reconfirms that Chevrolet has really done a great job and that no one talks about how horrible the Corvette’s interiors are anymore. “I would put this next to any European exotic and I imagine it would more than hold its own,” says Jay.
The real fun of this review comes during the driving portion where Jay becomes the first person outside of GM to actually drive the car. Jay takes a real liking to the sound of the LT6 winding up and we get to hear that roar often as they are on the road. Aaron believes the Z06 has the potential to retain the record-holding title of being the most powerful naturally aspirated engine for some time as “the world has changed since we kinda put this on the drawing board,” he says.
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