Watch a 2015 Corvette Z06 Blast to 185 MPH
When taking a recipe and working to make it even better… it pays to do your homework. In the case of Texas tuner John Hennessey, his ‘homework’ just so happens to be pinning sports cars open at full throttle and rocketing them up to eye-watering speeds. Not a bad gig. Hennessey and crew have turned their attention to the C7 Corvette as of late, especially the new supercharged Z06. They’ve exercised a stock test vehicle on the dyno, benchmarked it through the quarter mile, but now it’s time to test the stock Z06 on a speed run through its eight-cog gearbox. Spoiler alert: it's pretty fast. RELATED: Take a closer look at the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06
With Hennessey behind the wheel, the Z06 leapt from standstill to 60 mph using only first and second gear, then rifled speedily past 100 and 150 mph – the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 making quick work of the lower gears. After 47 seconds at full bore, the 650hp Z06 wrestled its way to the 185 mph mark and appears to have disposed of one sixteenth of its gas in the process, perhaps just sloshing.
You may be asking, “I thought the standard C7 could hit 195 mph?” And you’d be right. In fact the old C6 ZR1 with 638hp could hit 205 mph, but this Z06 Corvette in particular was fitted with Chevrolet’s carbon fiber Z07 aerodynamics package, which helps keep it planted firmly into the ground. A good option if you ever experience corners, flat out.
Given what we’ve seen from Hennessey in the past – 700hp Mustangs and 1,200hp CTS-V coupes – who knows how much more can be pulled out of the Z06.
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