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.
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...