Made by Chevy in 1963 to quality them for pro road racing. The Z06 was and still is the top performing Corvette model.
List of years/included equipment for the Z06 Corvette:
1963- 36.5gal fuel tank, special heavy-duty suspension, aluminum brake drums (w/ metallic linings), brake cooling ducts, close-ratio 4-speed transmission, high-performance bias-ply tires on 15" alloy wheels
2001-04- 405hp OHV V8, special suspension, upgraded wheels/tires
2006- 505hp LS7 engine, larger diamter sway bars, stiffer-valved shocks, cross-drilled brake rotors, aluminum frame, magnesium engine cradle & roof, carbon fiber fenders
A classic American sports car made since 1953 by the Chevrolet division of GM. Always two doors, always two seats, always popular and cool. Small block V8s since 55, IRS since 63, 4-wheel disc brakes since 65, fuel injection since 57 (and again in 82), and high performance since day one. Okay, so maybe the original I6 auto model wasn't too fast, but hey, what the hell.
Anyway, the Corvette (or 'Vette') is currently in its 6th generation bodystyle, and features a 6.0l (366ci) OHV V8 constructed from aluminum and featuring EFI, a large dual exhaust system, among other things. The suspension is fully independent and has thick sway bars at both ends. For brakes, big vented discs clamped by multi-piston calipers, along with standard 4-channel ABS. Transmission choices include the standard 6-speed manual (which gets the T-top 28mpg) or (new for 06) and 6-speed automatic. Performance is just great, with 60mph coming the under 4.5 seconds, and capable of reaching 186mph. .95g is normal for a C6, and the brakes can stop this car from near freeway speeds in 120ft. or less. All of this for a lil over $40k. Almost half the price of a new 911. And less than half the price of the poorly-performing Acura NSX (290hp for $90k, Jesus Christ!)
General Corvette Info:
Top/bottom engine options-
C1: 360hp 327ci fuel-injected, 150hp I6 3x1-bbl carbs
C2: 435hp 427ci 3x2-bbl carbs, 250hp 327ci 1x4-bbl carb
C3: 435hp 427ci 3x2-bbl carbs, 155hp 350ci 1x4-bbl carb
C4: 405hp 350ci EFI, 205hp 350ci TBI
C5: 405hp 346ci EFI, 345hp 346ci EFI
C6: 505hp 428ci EFI, 400hp 366ci EFI
1953: 0-60 in ~11s, top speed ~110mph
1957: 0-60 in ~6s, top speed ~135mph
1967: 0-60 in ~5s, top speed ~150mph
1977: 0-60 in ~7s, top speed ~135mph
1996: 0-60 in ~5s, top speed ~170mph
2006: 0-60 in ~4s, top speed ~200mph
I have determined that the following facts are appropriate for the general public to view:
Horsepower per dollar-
Acura NSX: 290hp for $89k- $307hp/hp
C6 Corvette: 400hp for $44k- $110/hp
Dodge Viper: 510hp for $83k- $162/hp
Ferrari F430: 483hp for $182k- $377/hp
Just the facts- no bull.
Basically, hp/liter or hp/cubic inch. The actual, correct term for the 'hp/liter' rating of an engine is specific output, but most ignorant rice-boys do not know this, because they are ignorant.
While it may be nice to have an engine with a specific output of 100hp/liter, realize that for performance, specific output is meaningless. Power-to-weight ratio is what counts. Which is exactly why a Boss 351 Mustang, even with its pathetic 57hp/liter, is still faster than a Supra Turbo. May not corner as well, but it is faster nonetheless. Also, they cost about $35,000 less originally.
Ricer: Ha ha. My S2000 has 107hp/liter, therefor it is superior to your inefficient old Corvette Stingray.
Me: True, your specific output is higher, but my car still has 198 more hp and weighs not much more. Which would explain why you were 1 second behind me back at the drag strip.
Ricer: Damn you, Vette guy. For I have been defeated... But beware, for I shall return next week, when my NOS kit has been installed. Ahahahahaha!
Me: Well, that's nice, cuase I'm getting a 572 crate engine installed next week, believe it or not. Yep, 620hp... That should be a fun match.
Ricer: *Gulp.* Um, yeah about that. Come to think of it, I kinda had a wedding that I had to go to next week, so... bye. *Runs off.*
Me: Um, hey man! You left your car! Um, ok... Well, that was interesting.