2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Everything you need to know

The 2018 Chevy Corvette Z06 gets wild interior accents, usually matching the color within the exterior.

Key Competitors: Porsche 911 GT3, Nissan GT-R, Jaguar F-Type R

Base Price: $80,590 As-Tested Price: $105,115

Full review: 2016 Chevy Corvette Z06 first drive

Highlights: There’s numerous equipment shuffling for 2018: As an example, Magnetic Ride Control is now proposed by itself, HD digital radio is standard just in case genuinely want to nerd out, available Performance Data Recorder/Cosworth Toolbox offers four additional data channels: individual wheel speeds, individual suspension displacements, yaw rate and intake and ambient air temperatures. Lordy.

Our Opinion: From your Road Atlanta launch late in 2014 to various iterations coming via the office, we’ve driven a good selection of Z06s. With this type of horsepower (about 100 hp more than Pratt & Miller’s C7 R IMSA racer) and torque, you’d expect it is quick, as wll as, 60 mph comes to around three seconds. It’s fast, too: Top speed is 195 mph. At Road Atlanta, your car had tons (and tons) of grip, ample power for hurtling from corner to corner, and limits so high we never came all-around hitting them.

Most impressive in Georgia was how simple comfortable this monster (a compliment) ended up being drive. “For any Z06’s snorting on-paper capability,” we wrote then, “it rides and behaves on public roads as comfortably and docile each and every new Corvette.” We started to mention that “we’ll wait to determine what fares being a daily driver over the battle-scarred routes snaking about the Detroit area …”

And if you have. So, would it be an excessive amount for local roads? Nope. Lo and behold, it’s fine here, too.

The cockpit is mostly standard C7, driver-focused and functional. The round knob for the center console controlling performance may be the all-important element inside. Placed it in eco (eco — hahhah good website!) or tour and the car just cruises out as nice as is possible — quiet and drama free. The seven-speed manual shifts smoothly and merely, but it surely doesn’t matter: The engine is flexible enough plus the torque so even, out and about I’ve found myself just putting it in third gear and mostly leaving it there. Quality of ride is more effective than my expectations. It’s all very easy.

But c’mon, man, there’s 650 hp beneath hood! Also the most laid-back of us is tempted make use sometime. The auto demands it — it eggs oneself. An angel could be tempted …

Sport quickens the steering and firms the suspension a little. Track — holy cow, track! — it’s ferocious. The exhaust reveals, the steering is razor-sharp, launch control is obtainable, the suspension stiffer yet. Squeeze car in track mode and switch away from the traction control, and you’re poking a tiger by using a stick. (You may also combination, say if you prefer a soft ride with track steering or whatever.)

Again, though, it’s the flexibility, the accessibility, the actual which the Z06 goes about its business. Hammer it on the track or toodle down to Trader Joe’s, the Z06 says “no problem.”

A note on the logbook: “At $85K, this is actually the most supercar the average guy are able, but at no reason are you finding that you might be settling.”

In other words, the Z06 is among the most world’s best, no asterisks.


–Wes Raynal, editor

Options: 3LZ Premium Equipment Group including memory package, power bolster and power lumbar seats, napa leather seats, luggage shade and parcel net, power, heated auto dimming outside mirrors, auto dimming rear view mirror, XM radio with 9 month subscription, suede microfiber upper trim package, custom leather wrapped instrument panel and doors, heated and ventilated seats, universal home remote, premium audio w/surround, performance data and video recorder with navigation, advanced theft deterrent system and front curb cameras ($8,945), Z07 Ultimate Performance Package including Brembo ceramic brakes, PS cup tires and Z07 suspension ($7,995), carbon-fiber ground effects package ($3,995), competition sports seats ($1,995), jet black microfiber seat inserts with graphite and suede leader and high-glass carbon-fiber instrument panel ($1,595)

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