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Z06 Officially Fastest Production Chevy Ever!

Posted by: Mark Bilek

Chevrolet continued the recent tradition of making manufacturer news at Midwest Automotive Media Association Rally events by announcing the official 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile times for the soon-to-be-release Chevrolet Corvette Z06.


When it was introduced earlier this year, Chevrolet boasted the Z06's supercharged V8 would have 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Couple that with the new, lighter, 8-speed automatic and the Z06 officially becomes Chevrolet's fastest production vehicle ever. Zero to 60 mph takes just 2.95 seconds and the trips the quarter-mile traps at 10.95 seconds at a terminal velocity of 127 mph.


What's even more amazing is that these times are with the new 8-speed automatic (the manual-transmission car is a touch slower with times of 3.2 seconds and 10.95 seconds @ 127 mph, respectively). Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter didn't believe a production front-engine, rear-drive vehicle could break the 3.0 second barrier, but the Corvette was able to accomplish that feat time and time again in GM's tests. Topping things off, the Corvette Z06 also pulls 1.29g on the skidpad and comes to a stop from 60 mph in just 99.6 ft.


The base Corvette Stingray is no performance slouch, either. It benefits from the slick-shifting 8-speed automatic and now runs from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and through the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds -- all while netting 29 mph highway.


Newly available on all Corvettes is a feature Chevrolet is calling the Performance Data Recorder. So much more than a digital stopwatch, the PDR combines real-world data, GPS positioning and HD video to produce a stunning video-game-like lap coach that can help racers hone their diving skills and drop lap times. Once more, the data collected can be downloaded via SD card and then uploaded to the Web for all to see. Check out the video below, yes, that's an actual recording of a live lap with the PDR!

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