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2011 Corvette Z06
Up Close and Personal
- Steering has good - just short of excellent - feel with no slop or free play.
- With the introduction of the C5, the reviews added the term "refined". We can also say that the 2011 Corvette Z06 has "balance", meaning that all the important areas of a great sports car: handling, power, stopping along with the right sounds exist in equal amounts such that one factor does not crowd out the others.
- Hard cornering, be it a high speed sweeper or tight quick chicane, are accomplished easily with no drama.
- Comfort is there and you get the feeling that you could not only street drive the Z06 Corvette all day long, you could also track drive a full shift and not feel beaten up or stressed. Visibility, a problem for many exotics, is great with the 'vette.
- And the sound; it's a tough decision, the high pitched wail of a 12 cylinder or that wonderful rumble of the LS7 at idle and ground pounding 6,000 RPM.
- Shifting of the manual six speed, which saw a substantial improvement with the introduction of the C6 and has since benefited from incremental upgrades, is just about perfect. The fact that the shift mechanism and the transmission are one unit as opposed to being separated by two feet is a clear advantage. Clutch action is excellent with just the right amount of effort required.
Magnetic Ride Control
Middle: A manual is and has been the only transmission available on a Z06; this includes the original four speed 1963 cars and the six speed Z06s manufactured starting in 2001. An automatic transmission or a paddle shift configuration is not available.
A minor quibble
The seats, especially if you intend to pursue the Z06's race track destiny, do need improvement. They are comfortable for sure, and can accomodate a wide range of body shapes. But they are lacking in lateral support and they do not keep the driver in a solid position during hard cornering. This is easily improved courtesy of a number of aftermarket suppliers. Still making that choice via the official options list as opposed to forcing owners to fend for themselves would go a long way towards improving the Corvette Z06's track credibility. Cadillac CTS-V Coupe buyers can specify Recaro Performance Seats for an extra $3400; surely Corvette owners should have the same opportunity.
|2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, as tested|
|Standard Vehicle Price:||$74,305.00|
|3LZ Premium Equipment Group:||$7,170.00|
|Z06 Ultimate Performance Package:||$9,495.00|
|Z06 Carbon Fiber Package:||$3,995.00|
|Supersonic Blue Metallic paint||$300.00|