2006 Chevrolet Corvette
8-cyl. 364cid/400hp SFI
With an experienced team and a lot of data.
In the sophomore year of the Corvette’s C6 run, Chevrolet unveiled a new Z06 version. A lightweight, more focused, more powerful ‘Vette, the Z06 featured an aluminum chassis and replaced the removable roof panel with a fixed roof for increased body rigidity. Stiffer suspension, larger sway bars, larger brakes, wider wheels and brakes, and special wide bodywork rounded out the package.
The real conversation piece of the 2006 Corvette Z06 was the 7.0-liter (427 cid) V8 engine. With 505 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque, it was the most powerful Corvette to date. With a 0-60 time of under 4 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph, it was also the fastest.
One of the great features of the Z06 was the dual-mode exhaust system. In high-performance situations, the exhaust opens up for better airflow. Since it is louder in this mode, a common “hack” among owners is to remove the fuse for the system, allowing the baffles to remain open (and louder) at all times.
The Z06 joined a lineup that included the Corvette Coupe and Convertible. The standard engine was no slouch, displacing 6-liters while making 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Power goes through either a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission. The C6 Corvette was available with amenities such as DVD-based navigation and SiriusXM satellite radio.