This is the new Corvette Z06, and we’ll get the big news out of the way first: it’s being made in right-hand drive. It marks the first time we might be able to buy the most athletic ‘Vette officially in the UK. But with 670bhp, it’s also the world’s most powerful nat-asp V8 you can get. And in Z07 spec it has carbon wheels and a ginormous wing. Oh, and it also makes a fabulous noise. So allow ’s Ollie Marriage to geek out about it so you know the score before it hits our shores Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.Want to share your views with the team?
welcome to america out there los angeles in here compact parking spaces into which someone has failed to squeeze one of those but let’s not worry about bad parking come and have a look at these look it’s the new corvette z06 and not just one but two a zo6 and a z06 with a z07 pack and yes i’m in america i’m going with z not zed now at this point i’m going to assume that your knowledge of all this corvette is a little bit shaky think of it this way the corvette is america’s porsche 911 and just like stuttgart’s finest it comes in an array of flavors there’s a 495 horsepower base car and then for the ones wanting a little bit more track action there’s the z06 that’s your gt3 and the z06 comes with a z07 pack that’s your gt3 rs and here’s something else this corvette has in common with porsche’s toughest nut it uses a high revving naturally aspirated engine that is rooted in racing and has nothing whatsoever in common with the small block v8 in the regular corvette we’re going to concentrate on this one first because it’s a coupe so you can see the engine that bit better now when the eighth generation corvette came out a couple of years ago it was a big deal because for the first time since 1953 the iconic v8 wasn’t in the front it was in the middle and now for the z06 they’ve given it a smaller engine but made it faster much much faster the regular corvette uses a 6.2 litre small block v8 but what you see here is an entirely new engine called the lt6 it’s a 5.5 liter developing 670 horsepower and that’s more power than the mightiest 911 so in essence the z06 is a gt3 rival with turbo s power and yes i know you think all american v8s are about lazy low down torque so here’s some facts this is a dry sumpt flat plain crank v8 shared with the c8r gt racing car it revs to 8 600 rpm has titanium intake valves develops over 120 horsepower per liter and is the most powerful naturally aspirated production v8 in the world ever would you like to hear it core quite red in here isn’t it but let’s not worry about the interior let’s just do the engine to start with so now there’s a bit of a process that i have to go through to rev it i have to put it into gear then i have to press manual then i have to pull both paddles then i can rev it listen how fast it revs it’s brilliant because it’s sort of guttural and american v8 low down but then pure italian v8 anger at the top end that’s pretty special right so while we’re in here and the echoes are dying away let’s talk around the cabin because it’s quite convincing actually yes this is the z06 says there’s a lot more carbon in here but the layout is interesting it feels different it also feels well made the seats are pretty good they’re maybe a little bit firm and i’d like to sink into them a bit lower but on the whole they’re good i’m just really not sure about this sort of hexagonal steering wheel but just because it’s a z06 doesn’t mean it does without the regular corvette’s party tricks and one of those means that although this is a coupe it’s got a lift out roof panel so let’s go ahead and do that so once you’ve got the latches undone inside the two at the front and one at the back you can then just go ahead and lift that panel out and it fits into the rear boot like so but ah you’re thinking if i’ve put my roof in the boot i’ve now got no luggage space but you have come and have a look at this and best of all there’s an external relief and another boot under here but you’re not really interested in practicality because this is the z06 so let’s look at the changes over the regular corvette and the main one is that it is nine centimeters wider overall and that’s meant new front and rear body panels much wider tires these rears are three four fives bigger brakes within them stiffer suspension and in the rear transaxle gearbox a shorter final drive ratio for better sprinting so if they’ve done this much for the z06 what have they done for the z07 this car has the z07 pack fitted the most obvious evidence of which is this wide carbon spoiler on the back deck which more than doubles downforce from 165 kilos to 333 kilos but at 186 miles an hour which really you want your downfalls at about 100 120 so it’s not really about the aero instead you need to know the suspension is 15 stiffer and if we come down here you can see we’ve got different wheels and tires the pilot sport 4s’s have been replaced with cup 2rs and the regular steel brakes are now carbon ceramic the z07 pack is likely to cost around 10 000 and on top of that you can option these rather lovely carbon wheels which alone save 18 kilos it’s not a porky car yes it’s 150 kilos heavier than a gt3 but 1560 kilos in this day and age ain’t bad giving this a power to weight ratio of 429 bhp per ton when a gt3 is 360. so it’s fast naught to 60 in just 2.6 seconds although us europeans have to take that with a pinch of salt because it includes a one foot roll out which means it’s actually something like a three to sixty mile an hour sprint the z06 is likely to start at around ninety thousand dollars and if you’re watching this and wondering how on earth that’s relevant to you well remember what ford did with the mustang they bought it to europe and for a while it was our best-selling sports car even ahead of the audi tt well corvette wants a slice of that action too and not just europe they’re going to move the steering wheel to the other side and bring it to the uk now the best guess is that it’s going to cost at least as much in pound sterling as it does in dollars meaning this is probably a 100 000 pound car but so what a 911 gt3 if you can even get hold of one is hundred and thirty thousand pound car most mid-engine stuff is two hundred but when that’s the question this is a 2023 car which means it doesn’t even go on sale in the us until next summer european sales that’s a question corvette aren’t answering just yet this car has real potential naturally aspirated supercars not just this and the 911 gt3 but other such luminaries as the ferrari 812 and the lamborghini huracan are likely on their way out and it’s somehow fitting that america a country that has always moved to a v8 rumble is producing something so magnificent as the sun goes down rumors suggests that a corvette e-ray hybrid is coming but it’s this the z06 that promises the most and deserves to be the one we remember you