Car of the Month – September, 2020

2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R (Coupe)

C.O.M. September 2020

2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R (Coupe)

Engine – 6.2 liter, 376 CID, supercharged and intercooled pushrod 16-valve V8
Horsepower – 650 hp with 650 ft-lbs of torque
Transmission – 7-speed manual gear box
Curb weight – 3,582 lbs
0-60 time – 3.2 seconds
¼ mile time – 11.2 seconds
Top speed – 195 mph
Number built – 11,5423 coupes (2,732 convertibles)
MSRP price – $104,200

The Z06 was originally designed as a convertible, and the same aluminum frame of that design was adapted for the coupe; therefore, there was no palpable difference in rigidity between the two. Aerodynamic features include a front splitter and a carbon fiber hood with a cooling vent as well as a rear spoiler that incorporates an optional wicker-bill to maximize downforce.

A top speed of 195 mph, 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and quarter mile in 11.2 seconds at a trap speed of 127 makes this beautiful and aerodynamically efficient supercar among the fastest road cars in the modern automotive world.

The Z06 was co-developed with the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that won the Weather Tech Sports Car Championship and thereby benefits from all the development work provided by the race team. When assessing the performance of a sports car, it is important to consider not only all-out speed but also stopping and cornering factors. The Corvette Z06 will stop from 60 mph to 0 in just 99.6 feet and will corner at a g force of 1.2. These figures pay tribute to the Z06’s championship racing lineage.

The Corvette Z06 is truly a world-class supercar at about 1/3 the price of most supercars and – as all Corvettes do – deserves recognition as “America’s Sports Car.”