TURN & BURN II VIDEO: Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Watch the 650-horse Z06 blast its way to 180 mph.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Price (as tested): $85,565

Weight: 3524 lb.

Horsepower: 650 hp at 6400 rpm

0–180 mph: 56.64 sec.

Distance to 180 mph: 9704 ft.

There’s one number to associate with the aluminum-chassis Corvette Z06: 650. As in 650 hp, 650 pound-feet of torque. That’s right: The supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 is an exceptionally potent mill, and wheelspin constantly beckons.

We, however, wanted this Vette—a stock Z06 coupe with a seven-speed manual transaxle—to hook up as best as possible, and Derek Hill, after a few practice runs, opted to launch the car with the PTM traction control and launch control shut off, knowing full well that if he got too much wheelspin, it would take seemingly forever for those massive 335-width Michelins to come back down to the point of traction.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Ducati 1299 Panigale S

It worked well. Our Z06 shot off the line with minimal rubber smoke and only a hint of squat before hitting 60 mph in 3.68 seconds and blasting through the quarter-mile in 12.1 seconds at 121.22 mph. While not Car and Driver quick, this was a solid run, Derek shifting with the deliberate mechanical sympathy of an owner.

The 56.64-second blast to 180 mph, however, was comparatively glacial. Here’s the deal: Approaching 180 mph, the Z06 was near its terminal velocity, and those last few mph came agonizingly slowly. Derek tried to hit 180 in fifth, on the rev limiter, but the Z06 topped out at 179.4, which meant a time-consuming upshift to sixth was needed. “It was caught between fifth and sixth,” Derek explained. “It took forever to claw its way back to 180.”

Nevertheless, Derek was impressed with the big and thunderous Z06, saying it felt stable at speed with the adaptive MagneRide suspension in the Track Mode’s Sport setting. And just think: This seriously good everyday supercar, a pulse-quickener of the first order, is backed by an impressive five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

_**Check out more Turn & Burn II Videos:****_

Action.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at our 0-180 MPH Ultimate Performance Shootout.Barry Hathaway

Static #1

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at our 0-180 MPH Ultimate Performance Shootout.Jeff Allen

Static #2

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at our 0-180 MPH Ultimate Performance Shootout.Jeff Allen

Action combo #1

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Ducati 1299 Panigale S at our 0-180 MPH Ultimate Performance Shootout.Barry Hathaway

Action combo #2

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Ducati 1299 Panigale S at our 0-180 MPH Ultimate Performance Shootout.

Static combo.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Kawasaki Ninja H2 at our 0-180 MPH Ultimate Performance Shootout.Jeff Allen