By now an iconic design, the current Corvette definitely looks the part of an all-out sports car. The C6 body style is very much an evolution of previous Corvette designs and should be instantly recognizable by anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave for the past 20 years. Our test car came equipped with the CFZ Carbon Fiber Package, a $3995 option that adds a black painted carbon fiber roof, rockers, front splitter and body-color ZR1-style spoiler. Although this does add some visual distinction to the car and maybe saves a bit of weight, the benefits are largely aesthetic and in our opinion, unnecessary.
For those who don’t mind spending a little extra dough for extra visual appeal, Chevrolet is producing 500 Limited Edition Carbon ZO6 models, each of which will include the Z07 Performance Package with unique black 20-spoke wheels, the CFZ Carbon Fiber Package, and a unique interior featuring special suede-insert leather-surfaced seats. Pricing hasn’t been set yet, but hopefully won’t be too much more than if you were to add all the options to a regular ZO6.
Where the ZO6 disappoints the most is unfortunately the very place you’ll be spending your time while driving it. The seats, while decently upholstered in black leather, are borderline uncomfortable and offer little side bolstering, especially for a car that can pull over 1g on the skidpad. Interior materials are also solidly mediocre; the air vents look like they were pulled straight from a Chevy Cobalt and most of the knobs and buttons have a decidedly low rent look and feel. To top it off, despite being covered by a genuine carbon fiber roof, someone decided it would be a good idea to cover the dash in cheap looking faux carbon trim.
When it comes to the electronics, it sadly doesn’t get any better. The Bluetooth connectivity and navigation system would be judged mediocre in any context, and are downright embarrassing in a car that stickers close to $100k. We’ll concede that having fancy electronics isn’t the point of this car, but we can’t understand why, given the now widespread availability of quality electronics in cars at every price point, Chevrolet can’t find a better system for its flagship sports car. Even the otherwise nifty heads up display is hampered by a low-resolution image and the kind of green color that was used on computer terminals in the 1980s. Then again, the entire interior looks dated, so at least the electronics are consistent with the overall theme.
Whether or not the Corvette ZO6 is a good value depends on how you look at it. On the one hand, with a base price of $74,305 and legitimate supercar performance, the ZO6 would appear to offer a lot of bang for the buck. In fact, we can only think of one other car that offers comparable speed for under $100k (the Nissan GT-R). If you’re looking for a car to take to the track on the weekends, especially one that can run with the big dogs, the ZO6 is an enticing option.
On the other hand, when you consider the lackluster interior, somewhat finicky handling, and $98k sticker of our fully optioned tester, the ZO6 starts to look a bit pricey. For not much more money you could buy a faster Corvette (the ZR1) or purchase cars like the Porsche 911 GTS and Audi R8. While perhaps not quite as quick, the German competition offers loads more refinement, balance and luxury.
Still, we’ll admit that there is something about the sound of a big V8 under the hood that is just intoxicating, and we’ll definitely concede that the ZO6 looks like it means business. Although we’d argue that a killer engine and the ability to turn heads are just the starting point for a high performance vehicle, when it comes to American sports cars, and the people who buy them, these qualities have always counted the most.
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