2018 Chevy Corvette Z06 “Fire-Breathing Dragon”

Caution: You may want to get a bucket before reading the blog. Varying amounts of drool may be about to occur. The 2018 Corvette Z06 is the cream of the crop in this year’s Corvette competition.This amazing sports car has been taken one step, or maybe two or three steps, further to become an ultimately amazing American muscle car! It is, in every way the big brother, and compared to its other brothers, it is by far “a horse of an entirely different color”!

The 2018 Chevy Corvette Z06 comes in three different flavors: the 1LZ, the 2LZ, and 3LZ (notice the jump from 1LT – that is not just to confuse you).  Each number indicates a step up in luxury and enhancement above and beyond the Stingray and Grand Sport options and, accordingly, the increments jump by $14,000, $14,010, and $14,200, respectively. You are also able to go topless in this fast beauty by ordering the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette in its convertible model.

Corvette Z06: Beastly in 0-60?

The Z06 1LZ coupe starts at $80,590 and comes with many of the bells and whistles its brothers don’t (or can only attain through expensive upgrades) – namely, it pops in an LT4 supercharged 6.2L V8 engine with 650hp and 650 pound-feet of torque under the hood. And the seven-speed manual transmission handles that power nicely. At a top speed of around 200-mph, the 2018 Z06 comes with “launch control” to help you from accelerating through the turn an into a tree. Again, another option on the 2018 Z06 is an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Other upgrades on the base model include “Chevy’s Magnetic Selective Ride Control” and “Performance Traction Management.”

On the subject of taking off a 0-60 in three seconds, only the following makes and models are competitors.

From Germany to Japan, you’ll find speed, speed, and more speed, but only in America will you find the sexy purr of a V8 engine, combined with luxury and race car chops for less than 100-grand.

  • 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS offers a 450-hp, 3.2 L, Flat-6, water-cooled twin-turbo twin engine. The German-born 911 began its iconic ride to fame in 1963, and the Flat-6 is capable of many miraculous things, namely reaching 60-mph in 3.0 seconds flat, but its top speed is a mere-125 mph, and the price tag is around $143,000.
  • The McLaren 570GT offers a beefy 562-hp twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 engine that is also capable of reaching 60-mph in 3 seconds. Long known as the rocket sled of a car that is high on speed and power but low on comfort. This road beast tops out at 204-mph. The average cost for this British-made rocket sells for just under $200,000.
  • The Italian-manufactured 2018 Lamborghini Huracán performs like most Lamborghinis – like its hopped up on 20 espressos and a few cc’s of performance-enhancing drugs. Offering a DOHC 40-valve V10 engine with direct fuel injection, this road demon boasts 631-hp and is capable of gaining 60-mph in just 2.3 seconds. Its speed tops out at 218-mph, and it can be the master of your race track for just under $200,000.
  • The Nissan GRT-R (nicknamed Godzilla) hails from Japan and offers a twin-turbo V6 with 565-hp that is capable of reaching 60-mph in 3 seconds. It has a top speed of 195-mph and costs around $112,000.

2018 Z06: Dragons give you Wings?

Let’s just recap that list for a minute and consider the implications.

  • All of the 2018 Z06 competitors tackled the 0-60 test with ease. Check.
  • All competitors have a top speed over 125-mph. Check.
  • All makes and models listed have an engine capable of at least 450-hp. Check.

But, out of all competitors, the only one with a 650-hp and 650 pound-feet of torque is the American-made 6.2 L V8! That is right, the Chevrolet Corvette! The all American Iconic Dream Corvette.

Even the mighty Lamborghini, at 631-hp, with its beastly V10, could not match the horsepower of the 2018 Z06, although we will concede that 218-mph is Millennium Falcon-type speed. But we can still buy two Zo6 Corvettes for the price of one Lamborghini and still have money left over for gas!

But is a Dragon better than a Stingray?

To beat out the competitors listed above is truly something to write home about, though not really a best-in-class test, we just thought a variety of cars to compare would be fun.

Regarding sheer power and race track performance, though there is no question that the 2018 Z06 is a superior machine and an incredible one at that! What does a driver do with all of that horse power? But are drivers really going to be doing 200-mph on U.S. roads and highways and is 0-60-mph in 3-seconds necessary when backing out of one’s driveway? Most likely not. But, we now know two things for sure: if you take an already great engine and throw in some rocket thrusters you get a fire-breathing dragon; and the American V8 engine still rocks!

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