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Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame recently got some seat time in a Chevy Corvette Z06 and was largely impressed with General Motor's best Vette effort to date. In this video Clarkson races the Z06 against the gasoline it runs on (after igniting a strip of it, of course) and leaves kilometers of the car's rear rubber on the track. Aside from the Yankee accent of the sat nav voice, Clarkson felt it was one of the most un-American American cars he'd ever driven, and it costs nearly 100,000 pounds less than the virtually similar Ferrari 575. In the hands of the Stig the Z06 ranked 12th on the Top Gear Power Lap list with a lap time of 1:22.40, which puts it ahead of the Lamborghini Murcielago and Pagani Zonda. Wait'll they drive the Blue Devil!

Thanks Ed for tip!

[Source: YouTube and BBC]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      #26
      Jeremy owns a SLK and a SL55, and hes had a bunch of M3's in his early days (I believe his wife has had a S class as well among im sure other german cars). I'd definitely pick the Jag over the 6 series and a 350 SL... of course he loves english cars, it's the same as #30 who thinks Top Gear sucks because Corvette is beating Astin Martin in Racing, ok well not the same as that has nothing to do with Top Gear and makes no sense.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Someone ask our friend from across the pond why their Team Aston Martin is finding it difficult to beat Team Corvette Racing in last year's Le Mans, and the ALM series. Surely that ultra fancy V-10 can give a dated 2 valves/cylinder pushrod-design a run for the money.

      The show would be aptly named "Top Gobshite".
      • 8 Years Ago
      True, Clarkson does have the GT, but the interior is still cheap. But he does not care. His childhood dream car was a GT40. He drove a GT43 once. So I can see how he would buy it. BUT, he also has said "I have never gone on a trip where I did not have a problem with the car...."
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Clarkson's point about the steering wheel is that you can't even get one in the UK with the wheel on the right side, whereas you can with the Ferrari. The one Vette I've actually seen in the UK did in fact have the American-style left steering wheel. Must be annoying if you're a Brit.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Aki, the Zonda that the Z06 is above on the lap time board is the old one with about 395-400hp and was driven by the old black Stig who is much, much slower than the current white Stig. Probably about a third to a half of the lap time board is totally out of sync with any cars that are timed in new episodes because of the speed difference between the former and current Top Gear driver.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Clarkson didn't describe the sat-nav as American because of the accent. It was the fact that the default search was for the closest fast food restaurant.
      • 8 Years Ago
      acutally, although i disagree with what Proud Japanese says about us being fickle. he is pretty on point about the auto mags in this country. I have yet to read an overall negative review of a car in MT, C&D, Automag, etc
      • 8 Years Ago
      If a car performs as well as a $200,000+ car for $70,000, buy it. And unless you have money to waste, screw the "nice" interior. It's not worth $130,000. My neighbors don't have a Ferrari, and they sure don't have a new Z06. They'll drool either way. Those fools just paid $60,000 for a Cadillac Escalade, and I paid $10,000 more for a more for a car most normal, hard-working people dream of but will never own. And they can eat my rubber! Even if you got a Ferrari for a bargain price, you couldn't afford the maintenance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just took delivery of my first vette and more importantly a Z06. The interior is average at best, but I did not buy it for the interior. If GM made the interior better and charged 10-12k more for the vehicle I would not buy it. I think they hit the mark with this car and the pricing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      excellent, proves once again when it comes to sports cars, simple, proven technology is often better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      vetechdoglet4eva, you do realise the original Pagani Zonda is much, much different to the current Zonda F yes? The original had 400hp.

      It isn't margin of error either, the old driver drives the cars like you would your own, the current guy pushes them to the absolute limit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      >>>And as somoene said above, nobody who buys a Z06 uses it as a daily driver...you have another nice vehicle and you drive the Z06 on nice days/track days...no need for a perfect interior (or an interior at all) when you are tearing around a track.


      um.. i guess i am "nobody"... my 2006 Z06 is my *only* car since October.. and it works VERY well on the road... i like clarkson, he is very funny and entertainment.. but he is becoming an old farty pants with back problems. On crappy roads the road noise can be a bit boomy, but not as bad as he says at all... clarkson is all about exaggeration.. exaggerating the good as much as the bad.. so you have to take it with a grain of salt.. his comments are all overblown, and if you drive the car for as long as i have, you will see that. it is my only car.. if there were legitimate complaints to be had, i would have found them by now.. the cars is awesome on the road and the track.


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