Last week, Jeremy Clarkson tweeted a photo of the 2015 Corvette Z06 he had gotten his hands on for a review. He loved the standard C7 Corvette, so we figured he’d have even more good things to say about the ‘Big Nasty’, but the former Top Gear presenter didn’t seem to enjoy his time spent behind the wheel.
Clarkson’s review, published in The Sunday Times’ Driving section, mentions that the standard C7 Corvette, in his opinion, is “good-looking, fast, adroit in the corners and excellent value for money.” The Z06 is even better looking, more adept in the corners and even better value, but Clarkson found it difficult to drive.
This excerpt from his review sums up his impressions of the car quite well:
“This car is evil. You turn into a corner and there’s some quite pronounced understeer. You give it a dab of power to solve the problem but because there’s so much torque, the back end doesn’t start to come loose. It lets go completely.”
From here, he mentions how the Z06 has a very quick steering rack and not enough lock, which makes the slide even harder to control. You could conclude that JC isn’t a very good driver, but he’s been on the track in a large number of supercars, so he knows when a car is hard to drive. In our opinion, the Z06 was never meant to be easy to drive. Mark Reuss didn’t call it the ‘Big Nasty’ for no reason, after all.
Clarkson concludes that European buyers should buy a car “from the continent that gave the world Shakespeare, Monet and Emerson Lake & Palmer,” adding that “Europe does serious well. It does substance. It does brilliant. America does Disney.” However in trying to describe the Z06’s faults, Clarkson has pointed one of its best assets: a difficult yet rewarding driving experience.
Follow this link to read Clarkson’s full driving impressions of the 2015 Corvette Z06.