The C5 Z06 comes equipped with a small-block 5.7-liter LS6 engine, essentially a version of the standard C5’s LS1 with a higher compression ratio and wilder valve timing, as well as different cylinder heads and intake and exhaust manifolds. In its first year, Chevy rated the Z06 at 385 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 385 pound-feet of torque at 4800 rpm. From the 2002 model year on, the Z06 gave 405 horsepower at 6000 rpm, with 400 pound-feet of torque at 4800 rpm. GM claimed that 405 hp versions of the Z06 could make the 0-60 run in 3.9 seconds and 12.4 through the quarter mile at 116mph, although 4.0 seconds was the best that magazine test drivers could produce. Amateur racers have gotten the C5 Z06 down the quarter mile in an incredible 11.7 seconds whereas the magazine drivers could only get a best of 12.2. The Z06 is capable of matching or beating the 0-60 times of some of the world’s premier sports cars, including the Ferrari 360 and the Porsche 911. The C5 Corvette Z06 is one of the best performance bargains under $100,000.
The Corvette Z06 provides so much more of the same that it is in a completely different category from all previous Corvettes.
There’s more power: 35 HP added to the stable to bring the honest net power rating up to 385 horsepower at 6000 rpm, and that power is put to the ground through more rubber (295/35ZR-18 Goodyears on lightweight, 18 x 10.5-inch alloy wheels at the back) via a revised six-speed gearbox that gets you off the line harder and faster than before with its 2.97:1 first gear. The other five gears are better spaced, all but the direct 1:1 fourth being lower than before. And, let it be noted, the all-new LS6 engine is so clean that the car qualifies as a low-emissions vehicle. Oh, yes, and it gets 19 mpg in town and 28 on the highway, EPA-certified. And it gets to 60 mph in four—four point zero—seconds.
Generation Five Corvette styling has been controversial from the outset. The car has just a few too many Japanese-looking styling cues, and the wide, tall posterior, for all that it sports the traditional four taillights, is more than a bit gawky. On the Z06, two changes from the mainstream Corvettes help the look quite a bit: the addition of truly functional air scoops at the lower rear edge of the doors for the rear brakes and under the daytime running lights in front, and the close-coupled top, a reversion to the classic Corvette notchback look that preceded a series of Italianate fastback coupe shapes from the ’63 “split window” C2 onward.
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Black
Engine: 5.7 L
Our Price: $19,975