• Dec 19th 2006 at 2:29PM
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Striking us as perhaps something out of Shaun of the Dead, where bizarre news reports keep filtering in through a world-wide crises, we have a somewhat garbled missive from abroad that seems to indicate that the British TV program, Fifth Gear, has awarded the Chevrolet Corvette its Fast Car of the Year award for 2006. A British TV show naming an American car as the best in its class? Must be something amiss. Perhaps the satellite feed is a bit wonky. The show's website doesn't have a confirmation of this award yet, so we can only wonder.

Actually, Fifth Gear handed out a few awards on Monday night, with the Audi TT taking home the slab of Portland Stone for Car of the Year. In the Small Car category, the award went to the new Mini Cooper. Best Family Car was the Ford S-Max. And the previously mentioned Corvette beat out the new 997 Turbo Porsche and Ferrari's latest GTB, the 599 Fiorano in the Fast Car segment.

By the way, the photo shows the actual award, which British sculptor Rob Bowers creates out of Portland Stone for the show. The annual award goes to the car the staff picks out of every vehicle they tested over the previous twelve months.

Thanks for the tip, James!

[Source: Fifth Gear]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you're looking at the criteria as strictly what works best on the track, especially from a cost standpoint, then I can see the Z06 getting the award (and upon thinking about it, that's probably how they judged it).
      In any other environment (GT, daily driver, etc) not a chance it would win:
      - too wide
      - too cheap feeling
      - tire roar (and holy moly it's loud.)
      - The tranny: i've driven trucks that are smoother and require less effort than the 6-speed in the Z06)
      - The ride (anything but a smooth surface and there may as well be no suspension, it's that stiff)
      - Too cramped (the C6 is easily the best for internal vette ergos, but it's still way low and way cozy for anyone over 5'7")
      - reliability (there's a reason why the resale drops like a stone after only 1 or 2 years)

      If you take a 'total car' approach and not just track performance, I'm with Plato. It'd go to the 911.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Waiting for January 28th to watch a real show. The best "non-scripted entertainment" program.....in the world.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the only problem with the z06 is it looks very...american. i'm not saying this is necessarily a bad thing, it's just not to my taste or to the taste of many british or european buyers, plus after paying the cost of shipping then import duty and various other taxes, including road tax which i imagine is ridiculously high due to emissions, it's not such a bargain to us on the other side of the atlantic, so it is a very odd choice indeed
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fifth gear has become a joke with the current season. Every car nut I know has quit watching it. They introduced a new format this season with the presenters sitting in a cafe and flirting with each other and laughing at nothing. It's really pathetic, made even more so by the new presenter who claims at every opportunity that he knows nothing about cars. He's such a misfit in the show. Not only does he not belong on the show as a presenter, you can't even imagine he'd want to watch it as a viewer. It's no surprise that they rate the Corvette above the benchmark sports car the world tries to beat - the 997 Turbo. There's no car I'd choose above a 997 Turbo.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with andy, the porsche is nice, but not for twice the price, Z06 is a world beater on bang for buck and should win the award.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't think this is so unbelievable. Tiff loved this car. I think if the award was based strictly on the "fun to drive" factor, the Z06 certainly deserves top honor.


      • 8 Years Ago
      Old SVT COBRA guy here. The Z06 is the best car for the dollar on the planet. Period. The rest of them can just suck it, and try and chase from behind.

      Good job GM, I'm now on your potential sales list...
      • 8 Years Ago
      just to reiterate my point, i found a z06 on froogle for $68,800USD, which works out as £34,933.58GBP, on the UK froogle i found a z06, same spec (more or less, the US one seemed to have a better stereo so was maybe slightly higher trim level) for £57,614GBP, which works out as $113,474.37USD! if the sticker price in america was $113,474.37 i'm pretty sure some of these comments would be different
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not surprised the award went to the vette. It is 2006, almost 2007. American, Korean and Japanese cars are good in terms of reliability nowadays. Electronic companies such as Sony is crap, while companies such as Samsung come out with some great products. Things change.

      American cars have been getting better, according to recent reports such as Consumer Reports. Remember in the 90s, the Japanese engineers came over to the States to save the American motor companies. Plus, the car or truck that is sold the most is the F-150. Ford sold more than a 1 million last year. No other model came close.

      As for Japanese cars, I'm a big fan of Honda. Still I'm aware they have their issues, such as transmission problems they always try to hide. Also, Nissan, Mazda, and Mitsubishi aren't that great.

      As for Euro cars, every car is awful (in terms of reliability), especially French and Italian cars. One friend had a 7-series, a boxster, slk amg, and another had some M3s. I hated the interior and there was always electronic issues, especially in a VW related car. However, they are fun to drive thou.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now, shut up and bow down to the all conquering "Zed Nought Six" That's "Zee Zero Six" for you yanks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "2. Waiting for January 28th to watch a real show."

      Right!! Already on the calendar...
      • 8 Years Ago

      Your excellent grasp of LOGIC and FACTS won't sway me! Don't you know that the Big 3 can't make a good car? If it's not German or Japanese, it's crap!


      Typical Autoblog Reader

      PS. Toyota's enormous recalls just point out how dedicated to quality they are.
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