Despite being six model years into its lifecycle, the seventh-generation Chevy Corvette is still going strong. Chevy has rolled out a number of variants with the Corvette ZR1 following the Corvette Grand Sport following the Corvette Z06 which followed the Corvette Stingray (one word for the C7).
Each version offers something a little different, from the affordable punch of the base car to the gut churning performance of the ZR1. We feel the right mix of price and performance is somewhere in the middle, though each variant is a winner in its own way.
Our test car this week is a Arctic White 2019 Corvette Z06. Like all Corvettes, the Z06 uses a 6.2-liter V8. In this case, it’s mounted with a 1.7-liter supercharger, helping the engine crank out 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 650 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. The car came with an eye-watering $24,525 in options, most important the $7,995 Z07 Ultimate Performance Package. The package adds Brembo ceramic brakes, upgraded suspension and a set of sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires. Other options include $1,995 Competition Seats, carbon fiber trim and the $8,495 3LZ equipment package (upgraded upholstery, heated mirrors, heated and ventilated seats and more). All in, this Z06 cost $105,115.
Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: Love the rawness and severity of this thing. The Z06 is the answer for track-hungry enthusiasts who can live with the daily comprises of driving an instrument this blunt. That being said, it’s not that unyielding around town. You can see pretty well out of it and the seats are comfortable considering they were designed for sporting purposes.
Dynamically, the Z06 enlivens the senses. The steering is satisfying and connected, the brakes are appropriately grabby and the suspension is taut and abusive on some roads. That’s fine — it’s really tuned for Road America or VIR. T
There’s little else I can say about the Corvette that I didn’t say in the last batch of drivers’ notes. It’s a wonderful machine that represents everything I enjoy about cars. I literally grew up in and around Corvettes. The first car I really wrenched on was a Corvette. The first car I ever drove was a Corvette. It’s such an unapologetically American machine.