Chevy's Corvette Z06, the ultimate race-bred development in a family line of iconic American sports cars stretching back 54 years, is now on sale new in Australia.
Packing an LS7 7.0-litre alloy V8 engine, hydroformed lightweight body structure, carbon fibre panels and race bred suspension, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the fastest production car General Motors has ever made.
Drawing on a 54-year heritage as America's iconic sports car, the Z06 holds its head high also as one of the world's best, boasting stunning straightline, cornering and braking performance.
The 2007 Corvette Z06, now on sale in Australia through Queensland's Performax International, offers unprecedented capability and technology, making it one of the best value performance buys among the rarified ranks of the world's fastest road cars.
The Z06's LS7 engine delivers 377 kW in a 1421 kg package. According to GM official figures, this produces 0-60 miles an hour performance of 3.7 seconds in first gear, a quarter-mile time of 11.7 seconds at 125 mph (102 km/h) and a top speed of 198 mph (319 km/h).
The Z06, available only in coupe form, is based on a hydroformed backbone structure, which features cored composite floors, an enclosed centre tunnel, rear-mounted transmission and aluminium cockpit. This advanced design results in a light but rigid basis for the all-aluminium suspension.
Inside, the interior is inspired by Corvette's dual cockpit tradition. High-quality materials, craftsmanship and functionality help enhance the driving experience.
At the heart of the Z06, the highly developed LS7 returns the legendary moniker "427 cubic inch" engine to the Corvette vocabulary. Unlike the earlier "big-block" 427 engine, the 7.0-litre LS7 is a small-block unit - and the largest displacement small block ever produced by Chevrolet and GM.
A single-mass flywheel and lightweight, high capacity clutch channel torque to the rear transaxle. The six-speed ZF manual gearbox - only manual is available in the Z06 - has been strengthened to handle the LS7's increased torque.
The transmission includes a pump that sends oil to a front radiator for cooling. The fluid removes additional heat from the differential before returning to the transmission.
The gearbox connects to a limited slip differential and then through strengthened half-shafts with tougher universal joints to the rear wheels.
The 7.0 litre coupe is imported and sold by Sunshine Coast company Performax International, formerly Corvette Queensland. Performax International imports the vehicles and converts them to right-hand drive and Australian Design Rule requirements in-house at its Gympie factory. The Corvette Z06 comes in only one highly defined version - a coupe with manual transmission - and is priced at $240,000, plus on-road costs.
Construction: Coupe, 2-seats, composite and carbon-fibre body panels, hydroformed aluminium frame with aluminium and magnesium structural and chassis components.
Engine: 7.0L V-8 LS7, alloy block and heads
Capacity: 427.6 cu.in./7008 c.c.
Power: 377 kW @ 6300
Torque: 637 Nm @ 4800 rpm
Chassis/Suspension: Front: short/long arm double wishbone, cast aluminium upper & lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, monotube shock absorber.
Rear: short/long arm ( SLA ) double wishbone, cast aluminium upper & lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, monotube shock absorber Traction control, electronic traction control, active handling.
Brakes: Front and rear power assisted disc with ABS.