Two years ago, Corvette lead engineer Tadge Juechter stated the 2016 C7 Corvette Z06 had completed an official factory lap time at the Nürburgring. Since then, the video evidence never surfaced and the C7 Z06 is one car GM has never produced an official lap time for.
That hasn’t stopped outsiders from tackling the famed circuit, though. Sport Auto got their hands on a 2017 C7 Corvette Z06 outfitted with the Z07 package and a seven-speed manual. How’d its driver do? Not too shabby—the Corvette Z06 clocked an impressive 7:13.9. For reference, that’s nearly as quick as a Mercedes-AMG GT R the publication has tested. And its drivers aren’t rookies, either.
Still, the time would likely be quicker with a seasoned Chevrolet driver behind the wheel and an eight-speed automatic taking care of shift duties. With the 2018 C7 Corvette ZR1 poised to be the nameplate’s halo car once again, we doubt the Corvette team will ever set an official time with the Z06. What the Corvette ZR1 will be capable of is a different story, however.