American-made Corvette Z06 stands up to the best supercars on the planet

The Pittsburgh Gazette
February 12, 2015 5:00 AM

This Advertorial published in Wheels on Thursday February 12, 2015.

While it was up against names like Lamborghini and Ferrari, the new Corvette Z06 was easily among the most attractive cars at the recent Pittsburgh International Auto Show. Itís also one of the most track capable models in the iconic sports car brandís 62-year history.

The new Z06 offers unprecedented aerodynamic downforce and is the first ĎVette to offer a supercharged engine, an eight speed paddle shift automatic gearbox and a stronger aluminum frame.

Under the hood, the new LT4 6.2-liter engine puts out 650 horses, making the Z06 one of the most powerful production cars in the U.S. The 6.2-liter powerplant uses the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray: direct injection, active fuel management, (or cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing for better fuel efficiency. But itís still a monster when you want to jump on it.

When equipped with the available Z07 package, you can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds with the eight speed automatic, which can hit shift points faster than any human. Opt for the manual seven-speed, and you might have a little more fun, but your zero to 60 time drops to 3.2 seconds, as if it really matters when you are on the road.

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