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2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Model year 2006 will always be known as the year the 505-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was let loose on the sports car world. With its 505-horsepower 7.0L engine, racing-bred suspension, hydroformed aluminum frame and unique bodywork, the Corvette Z06 is the fastest, most technologically advanced production model in Corvette’s 53-year history.

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2006 Corvette Z06 Hits the Ground Running

Source: General Motors | Published: Fri Sep 23, 2005

The 2006 Corvette Z06 comprises an unprecedented level of capability and technology, making it one of the best performance values on the market. And with an unmistakably muscular appearance, the ’06 Z06 has a visual attitude that always looks ready to demonstrate Corvette’s winning attitude to any challenger around the globe.

“The new Z06 is the dividend from competing so successfully in endurance racing,” said Dave Hill, Corvette’s chief engineer. “It combines the strong attributes of the new, sixth-generation Corvette with the spirit, technology and know-how from the race program to form an American supercar with outstanding credentials.”

The Z06’s new LS7 7.0L engines delivers 505 horsepower (377 kW) in an approximately 3,130-pound (1,420 kg) package – a combination that is expected to deliver 0-60 performance of less than 4 seconds, quarter-mile elapsed times of less than 12 seconds and a top speed of more than 190 mph on a racetrack.

Links between racing and the production Z06 are both direct and indirect, as the vehicle was developed in conjunction with the C6-R. The technology transfer includes the application of lessons that could only have been learned after countless laps of endurance racing – everything from suspension geometry to aerodynamics. What engineers developed in the Z06 is a totally unique vehicle that has powertrain, body structure and chassis system features that are distinct from other Corvette models. In fact, the Z06 has a different body structure compared to Corvette Coupe and Convertible.

Previous Z06 models, from the original 1963 model to the 2001-04 editions, incorporated suspension and/or engine upgrades that complemented existing Corvette systems. None was as comprehensively revised as the 2006 Z06 is compared to previous Z06 models. The specifics include:

  • LS7 7.0-liter/427-cubic-inch Gen IV V-8 with lightweight reciprocating components
  • 505 horsepower (377 kW) @6300 rpm
  • 470 lb-ft of torque (637 Nm) @ 4800 rpm
  • 7000 rpm redline
  • Titanium connecting rods and intake valves
  • Dry-sump engine lubrication system
  • Aluminum structure with one-piece hydroformed perimeter rails frame, magnesium front cradle and magnesium roof panel
  • Fixed roof design optimizes body rigidity and aerodynamics
  • Carbon-fiber composite front fenders, front wheelhouses and floor panels
  • Unique front fascia incorporating a larger grille, cold-air scoop and lower air splitter
  • Wide-body rear fenders and a unique rear spoiler incorporated with the CHMSL
  • Huge 14-inch (355-mm) cross-drilled front disc brakes with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch (340-mm) cross-drilled rear rotors with four-piston calipers
  • 18 x 9.5-inch front wheels with 275/35ZR18 tires and 19 x 12-inch rear wheels with 325/30ZR19 tires
  • Three-inch-diameter exhaust with bi-mode mufflers and larger polished stainless steel tips
  • Engine, transmission and differential oil coolers; and steering cooler
  • Rear-mounted battery to improve weight distribution
  • Unique interior features including revised gauge cluster, lightweight two-tone seats with more supportive bolsters
  • Curb weight of 3,130 pounds / 1,420 kg (estimated)
  • Three inches (76.2 mm) wider than other Corvette models

Inside the Corvette's LS7 Engine

The all-new LS7 in the ’06 Z06 reintroduces the 427-cubic-inch engine to the Corvette lineup. Unlike the previous 427 engine, which was a big-block design, the new 7.0-liter LS7 is a small-block V-8 – the largest-displacement small-block ever produced by Chevrolet and GM, and a tribute to its 50 years as a performance icon.

With 505 horsepower (377 kW) and 470 lb-ft of torque (637 Nm), it also is the most powerful passenger car engine ever produced by Chevrolet and GM. The LS7 is easily identified under the hood by red engine covers with black lettering. The LS7 shares the same basic Gen IV V-8 architecture as the Corvette’s 6.0-liter LS2, but it uses a different cylinder block casting with pressed-in steel cylinder liners to accommodate the engine’s wide, 104.8-mm-wide cylinder bores. Compared with the LS2, the LS7 also has a different front cover, oil pan, exhaust manifolds and cylinder heads – among many other components. ...Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Page 2

Legend: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission
Type V8
Displacement 427 cu in (7011 cc)
Power 505 hp @ 6300 RPM
Torque 470 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM
Redline 7000
Electric Power n/a
Electric Torque n/a
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Disc - Ventilated Disc
Tire Size Front - Rear 275/35 ZR18 - 325/30 ZR19
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 175.6 in
Width 75.9 in
Height 49 in
Curb Weight 3130 lbs
0-60 < 4.0
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed > 190 mph
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway n/a
Origin & Price
Origin United States of America
Base Retail Price (MSRP) $65,000

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