It’s time for a dream scenario: You’ve inherited oodles of cash from an obscure relative and you’ve decided to spend a tiny portion of it on an exceedingly fast vehicle for the summer.
Two choices immediately spring to mind. Do you drop your cash on a 2015 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster with 691 horsepower, or save a couple hundred thousand and bag a shiny new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible with 650 horsepower?
This is exactly what the lads at Top Gear have us pondering with their latest cover story, which pits the two aforementioned drop tops against one another in an unlikely battle.
While we haven’t got our hands on a copy just yet, we wanted to pose the delightful dilemma to you. Before you decide, let’s recap what’s on the table.
In the green, white and red corner we have the Aventador Roadster, which packs a mighty mid-mounted V12 and a blistering 691 hp and 507 lb-ft of torque. But you’ll have to drop at least $445,300 (plus taxes) to call it your own.
In the red, white and blue corner we have the Z06 Convertible, which packs an even-keeled 650 hp and 650 lb-ft from a supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 and you’ll have to lay down at least $83,995 (plus) to get one.
Amazingly, the two weigh are nearly exactly the same weight, with the Z06 tipping the scales just one pound shy of the Lamborghini (3,583 lbs sans fluids).
Comparing them both at bone stock, pre-tax prices you could get five Z06 Corvettes for the price of one Aventador and you’d still have $25,325 to play with. And that can go a long way in a car like the Corvette.
Even with nearly every possible option box ticked on the Corvette Z06, including the Z07 performance pack, the Corvette engine build experience, National Corvette Museum delivery, carbon fiber ground effects package and loads more… we managed to max out our build at (just) $127,669 (plus taxes).
Both hit 60 mph in around 3.0 seconds, but the Lambo tops the Z06’s max speed by about 17mph (217mph).
So, loaded Z06 Convertible (plus $317,631 in change) or a coveted Aventador Roadster? In this scenario you can only pick one.