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Find Of The Day: 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Engine: 7.0L 7011CC 427Cu. In. V8
Trim: Z06 Coupe 2-Door
Price: US $38,995.00
The shrieking power of Chevy’s fastest-ever production Corvette is enough to get you into trouble before you hit third gear.
Introduced for 2006, the latest Corvette ZO6 is a performance tour de force, with a roaring 505 horsepower under the hood, plus the chassis, steering and brakes of an all-out race car. It’s also a practical sports car that’s docile in traffic and gets 26.miles per gallon on the highway, according to the EPA.
The sixth generation of a remarkable 54-year production run, the latest ‘Vette is clearly the best ever, and ZO6 is the top of the heap. Trimmer and more refined than the previous version, with an accommodating interior and more luggage space, the new Corvette represents real value compared with the pricey high-performance competition.
Of course, all this noisy fun should be taken in context: Nobody needs a 505-horsepower sports car. Of course, nobody needs a Prada handbag, an Armani suit or an Italian vacation, either.
But as they told me in Economics 101, the concept of “need” is pretty subjective while the concept of “want” is absolute. And there are plenty of hot-shoe drivers who really want a ZO6.
PERFORMANCE: The latest ZO6 ups the ante to 505 horsepower, 105 more than the standard Corvette. It will roar from zero to 60 in less than four seconds and hit a top speed of 198 miles per hour. The muscle is churned from a hand-assembled 7-liter V-8, a significant size for Corvette performance freaks because, in cubic inches, it famously measures 427. The engineers used advanced techniques and materials to achieve the power surge, with such tricks as titanium connecting rods and intake valves, race-bred airflow design and dry-sump oil system. The six-speed manual is the only transmission offered. The clutch is firm but not too heavy. The shifter was balky in the test car, no doubt the result of 8,000 miles of ham-fisted journalist test drivers.
DRIVABILITY: ZO6 hunkers down and goes where you point it, with flat, neutral cornering and seemingly limitless grip. Foot-wide rear tires help. The ride can get harsh over rough pavement, but the trade-off for the great handling is well worth it. Electronic stability control helps overly enthusiastic drivers stay on the road, but it’s not so intrusive that it spoils the fun. ZO6 is lighter than the standard Corvette despite a heavier drive system. Credit a unique aluminum body structure combined with lightweight carbon- fiber components.
STYLING: ZO6 has several differing styling cues from the regular Corvette, including a wider front end, broader wheel flares and four large stainless-steel exhaust tips. A great look.
INTERIOR: Corvette’s sophisticated cockpit is roomy and comfortable, with clear gauges and controls and decent luggage space under the rear-window hatch.
OPTIONS: Preferred package, including side-impact air bags; upgraded audio with seven Bose speakers, XM satellite radio and MP3 player; telescoping steering wheel with radio controls; heated seats; and luggage shade, $3,485. -Navigation system, $1,750. -Alloy wheels, $1,485.
THESE WERE THE SPECS ON THE REGULAR CORVETTE Z06, BUT THIS ONE IS VERY SPECIAL AND WAY DIFFERENT THEN THE REGULAR ONE. THIS PARTICULAR CORVETTE HAS BEEN UPGRADED WITH LINGENFELTER PERFORMANCE PACKAGE SO IT PRODUCES AROUND 660HP. PACKAGE ITSELF IS AROUND $15,000.00 AND YOU PRACTICALY GET IT FOR FREE.
Now here are some highlights:
· Black on black!
· 7.0L V-8 Engine with 660hp
· BUILT IN RADAR DETECTOR!
· Manual Transmission
· Leather Interior
· XM Satellite Radio
· Power Windows
· Power Locks
· Dual Power Seats
· Cruise Control
· Active Handling (Traction Control)
· Trip Computer
· 16 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway
· All lights work, gauges…etc work great.
· Horn, turn signals everything works as it should.
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