• May 4, 2010

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The Z06 Corvette is going into its sixth model year with a host of changes that will keep the Vette's middle child relevant for a few more years. We've already seen the impressive new Z06 Carbon, which bows this summer with a host of ZR1-derived bits and a limited production run of 500 units, and a presentation taped at the Corvette Museum in Kentucky shows that more changes are afoot.

Among the many changes for 2011 is an all-new set of Goodyear rubber that GM engineers say will improve the responsiveness of the Z06 at the limits. The Z06 will also receive an exhaust upgrade with x-pipe design, new exhaust tuning and a more aggressive melody.

Perhaps the biggest news of the Corvette's annual birthday bash is the arrival of the Z07 performance package. Among the ZR1-sourced features of this top package are Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, attractive 20-spoke competition gray wheels mated to world class Michelin PS2 rubber and Magnetic Selective Ride Control. Hit the jump to watch the 10 minute presentation video. It's a bit dry, but chock-full of info, too.



[Source: YouTube via Corvette Blogger]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll admit that the Corvette in all it's forms is an amazing performance machine, especially at its price point. But I've never understood why they make ZERO effort to update the exteriors or interiors during mid cycle refreshes. I mean when the cycle is 6-8 years long it would be nice to see some occasional freshening. The front end of this is SO dated, especially the lower fascia. The boring rectangular openings need an update badly. Give it some aggression! It's still very similar to the front ends of the Indy and CERV show cars from over 20 years ago. Even the $100,000 ZR1 has virtually the same front end as the base Corvette.

      And for as much as people bitch about the interior quality, you would think they would put some money into a rework there. Would it really be that hard? Other manufacturers go all out to make changes when the press poops on something. Hell Ford did an all new interior on the Mustang refresh when it was criticized for material quality. GM just kinda lets things go and a lot of times the lack of updates hurts sales. I mean just look at the Cobalt. Sub par interior from day one.

      All I'm saying is, give the beast some visual love. Make it look as aggressive as it is. Don't let it wither.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Autoblog commenters are quite possibly the most negative people I've ever witnessed.

      A wonderful sports car gets some upgrades and people still find ways to complain or say how they would have done things differently. Wake up and smell the burned rubber this thing is saweet!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, you see, the car has a host of problems, like:

        -- It's killing polar bears with its emissions and tire smoke.
        -- It has a 'low-tech' OHV engine. Never mind that it happens to make 430hp in LS3 form and 500+hp in other forms.
        -- It has a truck suspension (leaf spring). Never mind the spring is made of advanced composites.
        -- Its interior sucks compared to _____________. Never mind that you can get a fully leather stitched interior as an option, and that the seats are fine for what 90% of the buyers will be doing with the car.
        -- It should move upmarket to compete with Ferrari.
        -- It should move downmarket so it's more accessible to more people.
        -- It doesn't have AWD.
        -- It can't tow a boat.
        -- It can't seat 4.

        And so on...
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Autoblog commenters are quite possibly the most negative people I've ever witnessed."

        I think many of negative comments against the domestics come from people conditioned by all the anti-America hate being spewed on today's college campuses.

        That and there is a Gen Y culture gap here where all the teens and twenty somethings can't and/or don't appreciate anything they don't consider "high tech" like their iPhone.

        I'm an old fashion gear head who likes HP, period. Be it from a 600ci big block or 2.0L turbo pushing 40 psi. I don't discriminate.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not put another $700 into optional seats?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Mark:

        "Got to agree. One of the biggest gripes, and easiest thing to fix, on the Corvette are the seats. Lame."

        Except that new seats would likely require new front- and side-impact crash tests, so it isn't "just $700" for new seats.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the best Obama ZO6 yet! That's his favorite car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Why would anyone in their right minds NOT buy this AWESOME bailout-mobile?"

      Fixed it for you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I do not understand why GM cannot provide power seat backs on the Corvette. Any car listing in the $50,000 range should have this as standard equipment, at least on the driver's side. During a long trip this would be most appreciated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds great to me. The Z06 just keeps getting better and better. Now with even more performance improvements. And the best part, it's still all motor.

      I do agree this can't keep on forever. The appears of multitudinous special versions always seems to indicate the oncoming end of a model.

      But no one has spied a new Corvette prototype yet...
        • 4 Years Ago
        the z07 sounds amazing

        its the brakes baby, probably the only car that comes stock w brakes that would get it through a 12 hour enduro
      • 4 Years Ago
      What the car really needs is new front seats with firm cushions and real bolsters. The chairs are as flat as the new Mustang's and just as squishy. It also needs a new steering wheel with proper grips.

      When redesign time comes around they also need to seriously rethink the styling of this car. It's still sporting the basic look of the C4 that debuted in the 1980s and it's invisble parked next to a Viper, Ford GT and even the new Camaro in the same showroom. As GM's flagship this car deserves not only a cutting-edge interior but also exterior style that stands out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the seats are a joke, its such a shame for the car to be so capable that to explore its limits you have to hold on to the wheel for dear life

        they need a skinny guy option for the vette with something more supportive than a bean bag
        • 4 Years Ago
        It doesn't look *exactly* like the C4 but GM has restyled the last two generations of Corvette by evolving the styling of the C4. They softened it for the C5 and for the C6 they added Viper-esque projectors and a hood scoop. The car has still looked basically the same since the C4 and it's stale. It's the most vanilla sports car you can buy and the Corvette deserves much better styling (and wheel and seats etc). That's my point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Although it's clearly in the C4 family and not a Sting Ray, it doesn't sport the basic look of a C4. Go look at a C4 again, it's slabby and has a "space shuttle" look to it. The C4 looked like a Lumina MPV, not like this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You think it's more vanilla than a 370Z or S2000?

        I'll take the vanilla of a C6 (or even the more vanilla NSX) over the festooned RX-8 or most of the overwraught Ferraris.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the seats are a joke, its such a shame for the car to be so capable that to explore its limits you have to hold on to the wheel for dear life

        they need a skinny guy option for the vette with something more supportive than a bean bag
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please suggest another vehicle that matches the Z06 in bang-for-the-buck supercar performance, that is also reliable, and doesn't cost thousands of dollars to maintain or use at track days. I'll wait...
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Big3 - Perhaps they want to trounce other cars costing much, much more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Take that, Jeremy Clarkson.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unless the interior is bathed in cow carcass and the rear bumper doesn't have any give when he taps on it (his favorite knock against the C6 that he always does), he'll always complain.
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