Pricing has finally been announced for the 2006 Corvette Z06. The fastest production Vette ever will start at $65,800 including destination and freight charges. That makes it arguably the best performance deal in the high-end market, considering the hand-built 505 HP LS7 and a variety of aluminum, titanium, and carbon-fiber goodies. GM claims a 0-60 MPH time of 3.7 seconds, and most estimates put its top speed somewhere around 200 MPH (it's unlikely that GM will supply an official number, so we'll need to wait for road tests). The question, of course, is how many buyers will line up to pay over $65K for a Chevrolet, because world-class performance notwithstanding, it may not have the prestige that many buyers seek in that price range. Hopefully the comprehensive performance upgrades to the drivetrain, chassis, suspension, braking system, and body will help it to achieve better marketplace success than the ZR1. Expect to see it hitting dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.

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