Eleven months. That’s about how long we’ve been waiting to hear the first drive impressions of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, otherwise known as “The Big Nasty.” Select members of the media were recently given some seat time in the 650 horsepower Z06 at Road Atlanta in Georgia, and that included Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago.
The draw of the Corvette has always been its affordability in relation to the amount of performance on offer. The Z06, which starts at $76,595, takes that bit of truth to new heights. It posted a 22.5 second lap around MT’s figure-eight course, which is only .3 of a second slower than the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder. On the skidpad, the Z06 achieved the highest ever average lateral G recorded by MT at 1.16G.
MT’s Velocity Yellow, Z07-equipped Z06 also proved fast in a straight line, not just in the corners. The 650 horsepower supercharged LT4 engine and seven-speed manual transmission helped propel the car from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, a figure which dwindles to 2.8 if the car is equipped with the optional eight-speed automatic. It mastered the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds at 126.2 mph, a faster time but slower trap speed than the C6 ZR1 posted in MT’s hands.
We think Lago’s time in the Z06 is best summed up by his account of what it feels like to pilot the car around the skid pad: “With my right knee and elbow against the tunnel, my left against the door, it felt like driving a Tilt-A-Whirl.” That sounds like fun, albeit a bit uncomfortable. Don’t miss the video below for Lago’s full driving impressions, and to hear the throaty LT4 engine finally clear its throat after months of waiting.