The Corvette Z06 made a name for itself by beating up competitors twice or even thrice its price. To some, the C6 Corvette Z06 is the best-ever distillation of GM performance, combining new (for the time) technologies with unmatched performance. The video above is like a love letter to the 2007 Corvette Z06 and its near-perfect driving characteristics, handling, styling, and power.
Under the hood of the C7 Corvette Z06 is GM’s legendary LS7 7.0L dry-sump V8 engine pumping out 505 horsepower. At the time, it was GM’s most powerful naturally-aspirated Small Block engine. While the Corvette Z06 packs plenty of punch, it’s not all brawn. Engineers used an aluminum frame, carbon fiber front fenders, and a magnesium engine cradle to cut down on weight and stiffen the structure. The floor used a combination of basal wood and carbon fiber while the battery moved to the trunk for better weight distribution.
The owner of this particular C6 Corvette Z06 has made some light modifications to the vehicle, including some basic bolt-on parts, porting the throttle body, adding an intake, and replacing the exhaust with an axle-back system after being rear-ended (by a Mustang, no less). The owner also fixed the heads so it wouldn’t drop a valve into the engine, something that would be downright terrible.
There are few cars as formidable as the Corvette Z06. The moniker dates back to the early 1960s when Zora Duntov, chief Corvette engineer, first introduced the idea of a performance package for weekend racers. The Z06 only lasted a year before retiring. But like any good band with bills to pay, it didn’t stay retired forever. In 2001, GM reintroduced the name, and it’s been around ever since – including making its way to the current C7 Corvette.