With its supercharged 6.2L aluminum V8 engine delivering 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, “it’s a savage of a thing,” says AJ. “It’s pretty much balanced in that way, 50-50 weight distribution—the perfect balance. Usually, cars come in 60-40, 70-30. It’s a road car that you can take out. 7-speed manual, 8-speed automatic. 7-speed is very unusual because not a lot of cars have seven gears.” Z06 and the C7.R race car were developed in tandem and share many features and components, including chassis architecture, engine technologies and aerodynamic strategies. With Stingray as a foundation, the Z06 and C7.R were codeveloped to push the envelope of performance beyond expectation.
Who is the car fit for? “Someone who’s looking for pure horsepower, pure action—this is something you can rip the highway in. 7-speed is positively a lot of gears, to be honest.”
What are your insider tips for potential owners?
If you want more performance out of the car for the track days, get an automatic because that thing shifts so fast. It’s unbelievable. But, for pure joy and more raw-ness of the vehicle, get a manual because you work with the car more. But, if it’s pure performance, automatic is the way to go