2015 Corvette Z06 Reportedly Lapped the Nurburgring in Under 7 Minutes
When it comes to official Nurburgring lap times, Chevrolet is the proud owner of the tenth-quickest lap for production cars, an achievement it unlocked back in 2011 with the Corvette C6 ZR1, which stormed the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 19.63 seconds. That benchmark will certainly change once the 2015 Corvette Z06’s lap becomes official, but, if we are to believe a recent report coming from HorsepowerKings, GM’s new halo car improved upon the ZR1’s time by no less than 20 seconds.
Specifically, the report claims a 2015 Corvette Z06 equipped with the Z07 aerodynamics package and the quick-shifting, 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission, lapped the "Green Hell" in 6 minutes, 59.13 seconds. The HD on-board video will be released "soon," HorsepowerKings adds. On the flip side, the report doesn’t quote a source, and the video that comes with it is actually older footage of the Z06 being tested on the Nordschleife. What’s more, the 2-minute video seems very similar to the one YouTube user "cvdzijden" uploaded back in October 2014. Not that I’m accusing HorsepowerKings of anything, but refurbishing an older video doesn’t help with credibility.
The lap time itself is also possibly far-fetched, as such a benchmark would make the Corvette Z06 only two seconds slower than the Porsche 918 Spyder supercar. And while I agree the Z06 is worthy of the term "supercar" in some respects, I have my doubts it is nearly as quick as an 887-pony, 940-pound-feet hypercar equipped with one of the quickest transmissions ever built. Make sure you keep it locked here for more details on the matter, but until we can dig up new info, take this outstanding lap time with a pinch... make that a jar of salt.
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Why It Matters
True or not, any report bringing the new Corvette Z06 and the "Nurburgring lap time" phrase together in the same sentence is bound to create a lot of buzz. Seeing the C7 Z06 getting beat by the Dodge Viper and the Challenger Hellcat in a straight line brought a lot of criticism onto GM’s new halo car, with some wondering whether the Z06 isn’t actually slower than the C6 ZR1 on the track.
Obviously, this report makes the Z06 about 20 seconds quicker than the previous ZR1, but that seems as phantasmagorical as Caterham’s ability to win the 2015 Formula One championship with no chassis or driver lineup confirmed as of January 2015. Sure, I’m 100-percent convinced the Z06 is quicker than the ZR1 around the "Green Hell," but a 7:10-minute lap seems more realistic than a sub-7-minute benchmark. I hope that the official video will arrive in due time to shed some light on this rather peculiar matter.
Unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the 2015 Corvette Z06 is currently the quickest and most powerful factory Vette ever built, surpassing the insane, C6-based ZR1. Motivating GM’s new halo car is a brand-new, supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 rated at 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. The oomph enables the Z06 to charge from naught to 60 mph in only 2.9 seconds and up to a top speed of more than 200 mph. Both are figures worthy of a supercar, making the Z06 quite the amazing vehicle considering it can be had from only $78,995, a fraction of the cost of a Ferrari or a Lamborghini.