• Oct 4th 2006 at 12:47AM
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One Mr. Chris Doane, under the employ of the illustrious Brenda Priddy, was able to capture some shots of what will be known as the Corvette Z06 R or the Z07 or the SS or the Stingray or [enter speculative name here]. Although the only discernable difference between the Z06 and this mule is the large and awkward pre-production scoop, there's a lot more beneath the all-carbon fiber body panels to get excited about.
According to the report given to Winding Road by Mr. Doane, the soundtrack to the new 'Vette confirms that something in the way of a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 resides under the hood, which is expected to easily produce power figures cresting the 650 HP mark. With that amount of power on tap, plus the extensive use of carbon fiber and polycarbonate panels that may reduce the overall weight to below 3,000 pounds, it's safe to assume that the "Blue Devil" will reach 60 in about three and a half seconds.

Winding Road asserts that the Z07 will be made available in late 2007 as a 2008 model, with a price expected to be in the $100,000 ballpark.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 9 Years Ago
      Amazing, I can't even imagine what it would be like to drive that monster.

      Now cue all the corvette crybaby's that are complaining because the Z06 and whatever this iteration will be don't look different enough from the base model car. Boo hoo, when you drive it to Bonanza no one will be able to tell how much you spent on it.

      And yes, I can just imagine the dealer markup for these, though I don't think it will be quite as ridiculous as it was for the Ford GT.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #6, BOB, I don't see how you find this design to be japanese influenced. They way you wrote it comes across as if you read that. Please actually look at the car. Besides the fact that it looks earily close to a Ferrari (see the Top Gear review of the Z06) which you'll note is Italian, not Japanese, this car still pulls of the most Corvette-like body styling we've witnessed since 1982. The tail proportions and tucked in waist are lifted almost directly from the 1968-1982 Stingrays.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Z06 is a bargain bruiser for sure, but the Corvette styling just hasn't been great since the C3. Some Callaway C12 cues?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Anybody else notice that it has the removable roof, unlike the z06... wonder if that will find production...
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wonder what the deal is with that bump in the hood. Does the supercharger/intake sit that high?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Paul

      I'm not usually an apologist for US automakers. I think they deserve to be circling the drain for the last 30 years of shenanigans.

      The Corvette however is a special case. It is a shining example of US automotive engineering and is one of the only things GM has continued doing right. If you've got a beef with US auto, more power to you. But blind hate that flies in the face of reality accomplishes nothing.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Don't waste your time, tcc3. Paul is an idiot. He proves it time and time again with every post.

      That car is sweet! Here's to GM for stepping up to the plate - just like Ford did with the awesome GT.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Here’s a philosophical question: does a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 necessitate a $30,000 premium? In small volumes, it’s safe to say that any Corvette idea will be received positively in the marketplace. But at the ground level, I’m still waiting to see how this thing will outdo the Z-06, unless dramatic weight reduction makes it a completely different driving experience. I think 505 horsepower in the Z-06 is quite nice; maybe 650 is even better. I’ll wait and see.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #5 - Bob:

      Z06 was the original 1963 Stingray production code. They brought back the moniker to honor Zora Duntov.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sorry...not Bob. Shoulda been Steve. My bad.
      Paul
      • 9 Years Ago
      I get it. More power so the parts can rattle off faster.

      These rattle traps look like plastic junk next to the better crafted German and Japanese products
      • 9 Years Ago
      Great idea, the Z06 is way too slow, GM needs to make a faster car.
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