2015 Corvette Z06 Is The Best American Sports Car by Far: Review

Until recently, I was a Hellcat fanboy. No domestic sheet metal matched the Challenger and the Charger for performance, exhilaration, and price. All that flew out the window — at extremely high speeds — after driving the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Sorry, Dodge Brothers, but the Corvette Z06 is a world-class supercar.

Ironically, this is coming from a guy who, until the last generation, didn’t particularly like Corvettes. I found them uncomfortable to drive and thought them lacking in any civility on the open road. I found them more a chore to drive than engaging. Granted, that put me in a small minority. But now I’m part of the screaming masses after spending track and road time with the 2015 Corvette Z06 outside of Vegas.

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The 2015 Corvette Z06 is equipped with a new LT4 supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with direct injection, Active Fuel Management (also called cylinder deactivation), and continuously variable valve timing. That is certified at 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. With the eight-speed, paddle-shift automatic, it can hit 60 mph in 2.95 seconds. It’s 3.2 seconds with the standard, seven-speed manual. The seven-speed manual incorporates rev-matching technology for upshifts and downshifts. The seven speed is used with a new dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch, which deliver greater shift quality and feel through lower inertia. Yet, for fuel efficiency you can still shift from 1st to 4th gear. That's right, I ju...