Five years ago, the sixth-generation Corvette Z06 stunned the sports car world. Powered by a 7.0 Liter V8 and sporting an aluminum frame plus the use of select carbon-fiber components, it offers an outstanding power-to-weight ratio. Now for 2011, Z06 models come standard with new, second-generation Goodyear® Eagle® F1 Supercar tires as well as new exhaust tuning. Magnetic Selective Ride Control (MSRC) is also available for the first time. But the bigger news is the NEW Z07 Performance Package (which includes MSRC) and the NEW CFZ Carbon Fiber Package culminating in the Z06 Carbon Limited Edition. mpressive brakes are necessary to stop a sports car capable of a test-track top speed of 198 mph. Z06 uses monoblock six-piston front calipers and four-piston rears. The extra-large 14-inch front rotors and 13.4-inch rears are vented and cross-drilled. Launch control is standard with the short-throw six-speed manual gearbox. It modulates engine rpm to lay the power down more smoothly while providing consistent acceleration times on the test track. Z06 is powered by a 7.0 Liter LS7 aluminum block V8 with an 11.0:1 compression ratio. It delivers an SAE-certified 505 hp at 6300 rpm and 470 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. The engine employs lightweight titanium intake valves and connecting rods and contains a high-performance dry-sump oil system, which distributes pressurized oil to protect vital components under high-g driving conditions.
Helping Z06 perform even better is the fact that it is the lightest Corvette at 3,175 lbs., thanks to a litany of racing-derived components. The MSRP for 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 starts at $74,305.