The Chevrolet Corvette – GM’s little performance savior. This car has meant everything to Chevrolet for one simple reason; because it used to be the only car with some style. It was the only model that made anyone feel emotional about driving a Chevrolet and its history is second to none. The American sports car market has been utterly dominated by the Corvette from the Airbox models to the legendary Stingray.

The Z06 was originally introduced to push the envelope in terms of performance for the Corvette lineup. Recently Chevrolet decided that the Corvette needed to incorporate the largest and most powerful engine thus creating the ZR1. The ZR1 model has become the poster child of American supercar fame taking on the challengers from across the pond and, with the hiatus of the Dodge Viper, it is likely to keep its crown for some time.

Even with the invention of the ZR1, the Z06 model has not been neglected. Several different levels of Z06 trim exist, each coming with different types of option packages delivering varied results depending on what type of driving the car will most likely encounter.

Hit the jump for more details on the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

  • 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • Year:
    2011
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    Manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    505@6,300
  • MPG(Cty):
    15
  • MPG(Hwy):
    24
  • Torque @ RPM:
    470@4,800
  • Displacement:
    7.0-liter L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    198 mph
  • Layout:
    2-door coupe
  • Price:
    74,305
  • Price:
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Exterior

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 High Resolution Exterior
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The standard Corvette has not changed its shape since the latest body came out, but the Z06 models offer a host of improvements. For the Z06 Carbon Limited Edition the car gets a carbon fiber hood, carbon-fiber rocker panels, and 20” double spoke wheels finished in black. These weight saving pieces help the Carbon edition become the best performing model in the line. In addition, only 500 of these models will be built.

Current Corvette models have been able to withstand the test of time and with these latest iterations, it seems as though they will be just fine for the next few years...

The two new packages are the Z07 and CFZ each providing their own individual touches. The CFZ package is akin to the Carbon Edition by providing rocker extensions, front splitter, and a rear spoiler. The Z07 package ups the ante with carbon-ceramic brakes provided by Brembo and Michelin Sport PS2 tires surrounding 20-spoke wheels. Perhaps the most effective addition that comes with this package is the Magnetic Selective Ride Control giving more options to the driver as well as enhancing the handling of the car on all surfaces.

Current Corvette models have been able to withstand the test of time and with these latest iterations, it seems as though they will be just fine for the next few years until a completely new replacement is ready. Extensive use of carbon-fiber through the fenders, hood, roof, and front splitter has helped to shave weight and increase aesthetic appeal at the same time.

Interior

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 High Resolution Interior
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In most comparison tests, the place in which the Corvette drops the ball compared to its competition is the interior. Let’s admit that most people do not buy a Corvette in order to receive some sort of opulent interior treatment, but at the same time these cars are not cheap. A base Corvette Z06 will set you back $74,305 and for that kind of cash there are plenty of sudo-luxury sports cars to choose from.

The 3LZ trim level option has helped the Corvette out immensely. It offers the instrument panel, door panels, console cover, and sport seats all wrapped in leather. The option of different colored stitching, providing a level of customization, is also a nice touch.

If you are lucky enough to get one of the few Carbon Limited Edition models than your interior will be one of the few that feels completely outfitted. It includes suede-leather seating surfaces, suede steering wheel, shift knob, door pulls, and armrests. The Blue and Orange stitching options are only available on this model and racing pedals with a racing number complete the upgrades. One issue that seems to be raised with every Corvette is the lack of support in the seats.

Performance

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Drivetrain
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The Z06 model is quite the competitor even when compared to its mighty ZR1 sibling. The 7.0-liter LS7 V8 is nothing short of fantastic when put to the test. It produces 505hp at 6,300rpm and 470 lb-ft of torque at 4,800rpm, which is more than sufficient to spin the rear tires into oblivion. Through the use of lightweight materials such as the titanium intake valves, the Z06 models are the lightest Corvettes in the range.

All of this power under the hood in conjunction with the lightweight components, get the Z06 Carbon Edition to sprint from 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds and slaughter the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds. The ZR1 may do the 60mph race in a supercar-like 3.3 seconds, but either one is truly fast. The Z06 actually stops faster than a ZR1 from 60mph in an astonishing 93ft. compared with the ZR1 that takes 97ft to come to a halt.

Pricing

2010 Corvette Coupe - $48,950

1LT Base Equipment Group $0
2LT Equipment Group $1,195
3LT Preferred Equipment Group $4,205
4LT Premium Equipment Group $7,705

2010 Corvette Convertible - $53,600

1LT Base Equipment Group $0
2LT Equipment Group $3,190
3LT Preferred Equipment Group $6,200
4LT Premium Equipment Group $9,700

2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe - $54,790

1LT Base Equipment Group $0
2LT Equipment Group $1,195
3LT Preferred Equipment Group $4,205
4LT Premium Equipment Group $7,705

2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible - $58,600

1LT Base Equipment Group $0
2LT Equipment Group $3,190
3LT Preferred Equipment Group $6,200
4LT Premium Equipment Group $9,700

2010 Corvette Z06 - $74,305

1LZ Base Equipment Group $0
2LZ Preferred Equipment Group $2,665
3LZ Premium Equipment Group $7,170

2010 Corvette ZR1 - $109,800

1ZR Base Equipment Group $0
3ZR Premium Equipment Group $10,000

OPTIONS

C2L Roof Package – Includes Painted and Glass Tops $1,400
CC3 Glass Roof instead of Painted Roof $750
CCR Special order option $0
CFZ Z06 Carbon Fiber Package $3,995
D30 Color Combination Override $590
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control – Grand Sports $1,695
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control – Coupe/Conv $1,995
H33 Cyber Gray Metallic Headlamp Override $590
H34 Blade Silver Metallic Headlamp Override $590
H35 Black Headlamp Override $590
J55 Cross Drilled Brake Rotors $500
MN6 6-Speed Manual Transmission $0
MXO 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatic Transmission $1,250
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust $1,195
PYD Grand Sport Competition Gray Wheels $395
PYE Grand Sport Chrome Wheels $1,995
Q44 Z06 Competition Gray Wheels $395
Q6B ZR1 Chrome Wheels $2,000
Q6J ZR1 Competition Gray Wheels $395
Q76 Z06 Original Chrome 10 spoke Wheels $1,495
Q8A Z06 Spider Chrome Wheels $1,995
Q9V Chrome 5 Spoke Wheels – Coupe and Conv Only $1,850
QX1 Split Spoke Competition Gray Wheels $395
R8C Museum Delivery $490
U3U Navigation 6.5” Screen $1,795
US9 6 Disc CD Changer $395
Z07 Z06 Ultimate Performance Package $9,495
Z15 Grand Sport Heritage Package $1,195
**6 Two-Tone Seating $695
36S Custom Leather Stitching – Yellow $395
37S Custom Leather Stitching – Blue $395
38S Custom Leather Stitching – Red $395
0B1 Cross Flag Embroidery on Headrests $300
28U Inferno Orange Metiallic $300
45U Velocity Yellow Premium Tintcoat $850
85U Jetstream Blue Premium Tintcoat $850
89U Crystal Red Premium Tintcoat $850
GLB Supersonic Blue Metallic $300

Wheels

PYD Competition Gray Aluminum – Grand Sport $395
PYE Chrome Aluminum – Grand Sport $1,995
Q44 Z06 Competition Gray $395
Q6B ZR1 Chrome Aluminum $2,000
Q6J ZR1 Competition Gray Aluminum $395
Q8A Z06 Chrome Aluminum $1,995
QX1 Competition Gray Aluminum – Coupe/Conv $395
QX3 Chrome Aluminum – Coupe/Conv $1,850
RQ1 Machine Faced Aluminum – Coupe/Conv $895

Competition

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Exterior
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With there being no true American sports car to challenge the throne since the departure of the Dodge Viper, it is hard to find direct competition to the Corvette at any trim level, let alone Z06 form. Just for kicks, comparing the two show they are strikingly similar - the Viper does have a large engine in terms of cylinders, but only by one extra liter. Horsepower numbers are close for a V8 vs. a V10, but the Viper wins all day in the torque category with 560 lb-ft on tap. The closest comparison are the quarter-mile and 0-60 times that are virtually identical.

The Nissan Skyline provides similar technical specs and actually accelerates faster than the corvette, making it to 60mph in 3.5 seconds. It is also a very different animal, having four-wheel drive and a back seat bringing it further away from the true old-school sports car that the Corvette is able to bring out. If that is what type of vehicle you’re looking for than the Corvette is the only thing currently on the market willing to provide big V8 thrills at a fraction of the price of its foreign competition.

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15 comments:

  (570) posted on 12.15.2011

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has 198 mph with V8 engine. This mph is good for the V8 engine. The performance of this car is great with the engine and horse power high. It seems that the car speed of it is the same with a train with a full blast of a train engine.

  (382) posted on 11.14.2011

Corvette Z06 is absolutely a super car that everyone would love to have! Well, I love the fact that the part of this one is made by a carbon fiber, which can lessen the weight of this vehicle.

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

This Corvette is oozing with aggressiveness and angst, most especially on its front design, and I love the cool wheels that it had. I’m also glad that it had an impressive engine as well.

  (459) posted on 11.3.2011

I love the fact that the parts of this one are made of a carbon-fiber. I also noticed that the engine and horsepower of this one are kind of impressive but not for a sports car like this.

  (300) posted on 10.27.2011

This Chevrolet Corvette is really oozing with angst and aggressiveness on its styling and unique design, and even if it’s not on a sleek body paint, it is still very striking and looking so awesome for me.

  (428) posted on 10.3.2011

The front design is what really caught my attention on this Chevrolet Corvette Z06 even the mileage that it had, so fabulous and elegant on that. Anyway, the engine is not quite impressive for a sports car.

  (798) posted on 09.27.2011

This car has 505 horse power @ 6,300 RPM and V8 Engine. This is great details for this kind of car. I want to watch this car in live performance to see the true performance of this car.

  (9) posted on 06.19.2011

The Z06 is definietly the best corvette out there, i mean on top gear in britian it beat a zonda on their track, but other chevrolets are pretty bad, i mean the ZR1 is made out of plastic in the rear but they have an amazing design

  (559) posted on 05.13.2011

With a proper modification in the engine of this car I would say that it could be powerful than Ferrari cars. Well, for those who don’t know this car is the sibling of the high performing sportscar the ZR1.

  (228) posted on 04.28.2011

Oh yes! This car definitely has an amazing speed that makes it blast in the race track! If given a chance to drive I would choose to this car.

  (257) posted on 03.8.2011

The Z06 is definitely one of the most awaited cars for this year. And looking at the specs shown here, this one will not disappoint and is going to be worth the wait.

  (692) posted on 02.14.2011

Even a 9th-grader could have taken a better picture of the car with a $59 kids digital camera.

  (427) posted on 02.14.2011

What a lovely art creation from a world famous and Ex-England cricket captain.

  (447) posted on 02.14.2011

I totally agree. The C5 should have gotten fresh rubber. A 1:30 is close to a stock Evo or STI and I know the C5 Z06 is a fair bit quicker . I’ll bet with fresh rubber it would have been neck and neck with the Grand Sport.

  (683) posted on 02.13.2011

First, it’s inexplicable that you’d have the rare chance to compare these three awesome machines and not spring for new rubber for the ’02 Vette. Being the senior competitor here, it deserved a fair chance to show its stuff. Second, does the marginal performance improvement of the Carbon over the GS justify a 100% price increase?

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