Chevrolet claims its 2015 Corvette Z06 with a seven-speed manual transmission can take care of the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds at 127 mph. When Motor Trend tested the car, they came within inches of matching Chevy’s claimed time, finishing the run in 11.3 seconds at 126.2 mph. Not all of us can drive like Randy Pobst, though, a fact evidenced in one of the first videos ever taken of a Z06 completing the 1320.
This Blade Silver Z06 completed the quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds at 120.5 mph, which is a bit off Chevy’s claimed time. The fact is, until eight-speed automatic Z06s hit the market, every Z06 will be posting different times and trap speeds due to the manual transmission. The car’s launch control makes it easier to get off the line than manual cars without a similar system, but once you’re out of first gear you’re all on your own.
We’d say this driver did a fine job for one of his first outings to the track, especially considering the car has probably yet to be fully broken in. When the automatic Z06s arrive in early 2015, we’ll be looking for them to match Chevy’s claimed time of a 10.95 quarter-mile at 127 mph. In the meantime, we’re waiting for an especially talented driver to hop behind the wheel of the manual Z06 and match Chevrolet’s projected time and speed.