2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Review: Unfiltered, Uncompromising, Unapologetic
The ideal sports car is something that's as at home on the interstate as it is on the race track, so you can enjoy it every day. But what if you're a bit weird and only care about performance? What if you say, “Damn it all, I don't care if the noise makes my ears bleed, the ride shatters my spine, and the acceleration rearranges my organs. I want to go fast!”?
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 can help, and while it's a chore to drive every day, if you can deal with the noise and discomfort, it's a thrilling way to get from A to B.
The heart of every Corvette is under the hood. In the Z06's case, a furious 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 pumps out 650 hp and 650 pound-feet of torque. Even with a semi-literate bag of flesh and bone managing the seven-speed manual transmission (yours truly), this Corvette can sprint to 60 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds. That's hilariously quick for a car that starts at just under $80,000.
But good luck laying that time down. The Z06 is so powerful that even with my test car's optional Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires – little more than slicks with some tread painted on – it's easy to exceed the ample levels of grip on offer. It's also tremendous fun, because you'll either end up accelerating quickly or creating a big cloud of smoke. Dealer's choice on the preferred outcome.
Regardless of whether you go fo...