2015 Corvette Z06 Rumored To Have Lapped Nurburgring In 7:08
With a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 and bodywork that wouldn’t look out of place on the starting grid at Le Mans, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is an $80,000 car that’s fast enough to embarrass cars costing nearly four times as much. We’ve been barraged with 0-60, quarter-mile, top speed, breaking distance and lateral acceleration figures, but there’s still one glaring omission from the Z06’s repertoire: a Nürburgring lap time.
But, according to a new report from Auto Week, it may have already set a blisteringly fast time of 7:08. According to an individual familiar with goings on at the Nürburgring, a Z06 equipped with the Z07 package set the time very recently, but Chevy has been unable to announce it due to the Nürburgring’s current ban on record attempts. The ban however could be lifted soon, at which point Chevy could make the time (or an ever faster one) official.
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Chevy reportedly took the Z06 to the ‘Ring in early 2015, when it was rumored to have broken the seven-minute barrier, but Chevy never announced anything official. Auto Week says the attempt may have been interrupted by the Nürburgring’s notoriously unpredictable weather.
When you look the Z06’s numbers, a lap time of around seven minutes doesn’t seem all that outlandish. Its V-8 produces 650 horsepower, which propels it to 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds and on to a top speed of over 200 mph. It’s sticky Michelins combined with its downforce-inducing body kit mean it grips at up to 1.2 lateral g.
Why it matters
If the 7:08 lap time is accurate, it puts the Z06 in rarified air and on par with the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo’s time of 7:08, which rounds out the current top five. The 2015 Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce’s time of 6:59.73 puts it in fourth place, just behind the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder’s time of 6:57.00. Two Radicals, the SR8 and SR8LM hold the top two spots, but because they aren’t street legal cars in Germany (or most other places in the world) their claim to the record is about as legitimate as Tommen Baratheon’s claim to The Iron Throne of Westeros.
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