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Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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  • gbjerkegbjerke Posts: 158
    Hey Habitat---forget the "buyers remorse" bit.
    The 911 S Cab is an awesome sled with a "fun factor" built right in!
    My wife may disagree, but my mantra is that you only go around once in life so one damn well better enjoy the ride. How's that for an easy solution!
    Enjoy your new ride!
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    The 2006 Z06 doesn't have the Malbu's steering wheel.

    Chevy will likely upgrade the interior of the C6 in a few years. No private owner has even driven their new C6 Z06 to test for rattles.

    Yes, I do know of sources of information on the RMS leak issue and how it might hasn't been addressed in the 997.

    The Corvette is sold in Cadillac dealers in Europe. It has 512 hp (DIN) over there.
  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 780
    Gents:

    I'm considering buying a leftover '05 C6 but have some concerns. The car I'm looking at doesn't have the sports seats--are they worth waiting for on an '06? Second, I haven't seen any good info on changes for the '06 model--does anyone have details or a link for info on the changes? Finally, the car I may buy has zero options--are there any "must haves" that make it worth ordering (e.g. upgraded stereo or Z51)?

    Thanks
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    I guess it depends on what you want and even then it's personal. Spending the price of a Vette I wouldn't want one without the HUD (heads up display) but that is just from spending 4 years in a C5, very addictive, and I look for it in all else I drive and am disappointed. As to what comes with it, the sport seats are nice but the pass through for harness is the biggest deal and that may not be an issue. The Z51 is a function of if you see yourself ever going to the road course, if so you sure would be happier with it if you have a 6sp, with auto, not sure it's a big deal.

    I think a base Vette is probably for someone who wants performance, isn't worried about any extra comforts, like memory seats and mirrors, and wants to unload it after a couple years knowing that the market sometimes will just be looking for lowest price available.

    Not sure the '06 has many real changes vs. '05. But, I'd want a pretty good deal to take a no option unit off the floor, especially is it sat for any time.
    Randy
  • I agree with Randy on the HUD. I consider it the best feature of my 04 aside from the torque. Can't tell if the Magnetic Selective Ride has been worth the money since I have never taken the dial off of it, and I never rode in one without it. But the HUD is a must. :shades:
  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 780
    Thanks for the input. I hadn't thought much about the HUD, but I really don't care about the other stuff like memory seats and mirrors because my wife will only get to drive this car AFTER SHE RIPS THE KEYS FROM MY COLD, DEAD, FINGERS! (Especially after she ripped the front air dam off my 04 330CiC). So, the settings should remain constant until the next owner changes them...

    I apologize for posting to the wrong board--I'll copy to the "All things" board so I don't clutter up the Z06 discussion.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    The 2006 Corvette has a new 6 speed automatic transmision.
  • gbjerkegbjerke Posts: 158
    So, you are at 5k over sticker. Exactly the options I want and LeMans is my second choice of color. Am sure it will go, but the Vette gurus will wait it out til the pricing settles. BTW, there are several dealers who are going sticker only.
    Good luck!
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    Great car for someone who didn't plan ahead. The dealers going sticker mostly have waiting lists from last year, I will admit, so getting in line now will take some time. Can't blame anyone for wanting to maximize return on a limited availability car so I too wish you luck. Instant gratification for me will have to be taking the stock engine C5 coupe to the track and seeing if I can pass a few things, maybe even something more powerful or more expensive. Mod the driver, then a new Z06 might not be lethal!

    Wish I could post a link to the Viper wreck at Spring Mt. Motorsports Park last weekend, no one seriously hurt, but it's on another site that can't be mentioned. Having more HP than training is not a good thing!
    randy
  • gbjerkegbjerke Posts: 158
    Randy--
    How right you are regarding "having more HP than training is not a good thing."
    Just returned from a weekend at Road America and you see it every school.
    Have some interesting video from a couple years ago. Lining up in pit lane, had the camcorder going and you can hear this awesome rumble coming up along side me. The lumpy cam could be heard big time and along side me comes a highly modded Viper. Gonzo adjustable wing on the back; Hoosier tires...all I could think was "I hope he goes first or I'll have to wave that bad boy by me before I get out of the pits." I get the "go" ahead of him. I round the first turn and look in my mirror...he is a ways behind me so after turn 3 I look again as 3-5 is a long straight. He is further behind. Never saw him again during the 1/2 hour session. My son was timing us...turns out I was picking up 5-7 seconds per lap on him.
    Certainly, his car had the advantage but as you indicate, if the driver is not accomplished, all that horespower just won't cut it.
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Petit Le Mans is a 1,000/10 hour race, whichever comes first.

    This will be the third time that the two Corvette C6-Rs have competed with the new Aston Martin DBR9s.

    check this link

    C6-Rs on front row for Petit Le Mans
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Jan Magnussen won the GT1 class of the 8th annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in the number 4 Corvette C6-R.

    check these links

    Petit Le Mans

    Corvette Racing
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
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    Jan Magnussen and Olivier Beretta

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  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    The 1963 Corvette had a Z06 performance option. Only 199 were built and featured stiffer suspension, more powerful brakes, and other cool stuff. It was intended for racing. A Z06 won a race at Riverside, California shortly after it went into production. Also, 1963 was the only year for the split window.

    The Z06-specific master cylinder is shown in the first picture.

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    This Z06 has the rare 36 gallon fuel tank.

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    2001 and 1963 models.

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  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    Just spent the day at Sears Point Raceway and one of the other entries was a C6 Z06, Black and rear end rubber is so wide it looks mean just sitting in the pits. The owner had driven the car back to the SF area from Chicago and had a 2,300 mile trip, in addition to some 12's at the Sacramento drag strip the prior week, just messing around. He did 1.80 for 60 ft on the run flats. Nice to see that there are some that are going to use it for what it was built for. He wasn't running timing so didn't get any lap times.
    Randy
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    It is next Saturday (the 15th). It should have even closer GT1 racing than Petit Le Mans (4 vs. 9+ hours of racing).
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    Or why people have given up on local dealers. Crown Chev, local in Dublin, CA has the new Z06 for $30k over MSRP and according to one local Corvette guy they turned a friend of his down for $20k over. I'm sure they are a low volume dealer so they don't expect to see very many and they can afford to let it sit since it will probably bring in traffic. There are internet dealers taking orders for MSRP, some people just are slow learners.
    Randy
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    great video xkss
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