First Drive: 2015 Corvette Z06

World-class performance, unexpectedly affordable price.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Jan.07, 2015
The Detroit Bureau

Itís an unusually chilly morning out in the Nevada desert, and as we buckle our helmets, strap on our seatbelts and make a few final adjustments, we get a last-minute warning: the track is chill and the pavement cold. It might get a little slippery if we go balls-to-the-wall on the first couple laps.

But it doesnít take long to throw caution to the wind as we shoot through the corners and back out onto the front straight at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, an hour outside Las Vegas. With a neck-snapping 650-horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque bursting out from under its hood, the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is not only one of the fastest cars you can find, itís also one of the most forgiving.

Itís the sort of sports car that makes an average driver feel like a hero, and a serious performance enthusiast push further than they might ever have thought possible. Whatís all the more impressive is that it comes at a price tag that Euro-snobs might snicker at, less than $80,000 to start with Ė nudging up to around $110,000 for an absolutely fully loaded Z07 version.

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