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Saturday, November 8, 2014

This Corvette is faster than Hellcat, Ferrari, McLaren

MARKET WATCH

          The 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06.


The 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 will come out of the box with a sub-3-second 0-60 time and sub-11-second quarter-mile time.

 That puts the approximately $80,000 Z06 on par with the outgoing $180,000 Lamborghini Gallardo, the $1.5 million Ferrari 599XX, the $1.2 million McLaren P1 and the $103,365 Nissan GT-R. Is it the deal of the century? Signs point to yes.

The 2.95-second sprint time comes courtesy of the company’s new eight-speed automatic transmission, which we tested a few weeks ago. The seven-speed manual can only achieve a sluglike 3.2 seconds.

Similarly, the 10.95-second quarter-mile time is only achievable with the eight-speed auto; manual rowers get 11.2, which is the same time as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Chevy says both quarter miles end with a speed of 127 mph.

Warp drive acceleration needs earth-shattering brakes, which the Z06 has. The deceleration from 60 mph takes just 99.6 feet, the best braking performance GM has ever reached. It beat the Corvette ZR1 around GM’s Milford Road Course by a full second, logging 1.2 g in corners.

The results, GM GM, +0.70%   notes, were from a Z06 with a Z07 Performance Package, which adds Brembo carbon-ceramic rotors and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe, priced at $78,995 (including destination), goes on sale in early 2015, while the Z06 convertible goes on sale in the second quarter, priced at $83,995.