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The New Corvette Z06 Is What The NSX Type S Should Have Been

Hello people of the internet. I'm Nico and today I will be discussing the recently announced Z06 and how its chips stack up to the competition.

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The new Z06 has just been officially revealed, and if I were my brother I would be thanking Chevrolet for one of the best birthday presents ever, because this car is unbelievable. The standard car already took the world by storm with its sub $60,000 price tag paired with its equally staggering performance. Now, though, Chevy has made it clear that the standard C8 was a nice warm up and bumped it up a few notches with the new higher performance version in more than one aspect.

Chevro-lay your hands on me

I want to start off saying that I'm not a superfan of Chevy, I am of the opinion that they make decent trucks, mediocre economy cars, and even worse marketing decisions, just take a look at the new Silverado ZR2, that doesn't stand a chance against the Raptor and TRX. I will happily ignore Chevy's past mistakes for what they have given the world today.

Starting off with the most important part of this whole machine, its beating 5.5 liter V8 heart. Naturally aspirated, flat plane crank, 8,600 rpm redline, 670 hp...what more could you possibly want? How about some more aggressive looks? Yep, that's checked off too! It may not be the most drastic change but if you look at the C7 corvettes then you'll also notice similarly drastic exterior changes between the standard corvette and the Z06 so I wouldn't get upset over it, especially given how daring it looked to begin with. Of course I am hoping that the ZR1 will be completely bonkers relative to the Z06, just as it was with the prior generation.

To match the aggressive exterior and impressive powertrain is, of course, an exhaust note to match. A V8 already sounds good, the LT2 V8 from the standard Corvette had the lovely growl reminiscent of AMG V8s, but the new LT6 V8 in the Z06 produces more of a Ferrari-like raspy scream, which while it is a far cry from the muscle car the Corvette once was, is undeniably a fantastic noise when it shakes your eardrums. And while we're talking about the exhaust, can we just take a moment to appreciate the look of the exhaust tips? It's simply a much better design than the squared off exhaust tips from the regular C8, and placed exactly where we want it, in the middle.

How Will the bang for your Bucks stack up

Speaking of bucks stacking up, you won't need too many stacks to buy one of these as the price of the C8 Z06 is projected to start around $90,000, which would be very nearly half the price of the Acura NSX Type S that was revealed a few weeks ago. Should the projected price turn out to be true, one must ask, what is the point of buying anything else. Especially, the higher performance version of the NSX that is the Type S. It pains me to say this as a fan of Acura's most legendary car, but the Type S is dismal compared to Chevy's good ol' American muscle car turned supercar. Yes the Type S got a power bump, from 573hp to a clean 600hp, and it got a wider track width, and a redesigned more aggressive exterior along with other track usable goodies. But when you compare the changes made to the NSX versus the changes made to the C8 Corvette, you can't help but wonder how Acura could possibly do so little.

Don't get me wrong, I still think the Acura NSX is a fantastic car, anyone that has read my article "The Acura NSX is (almost) the Perfect JDM Revival" will know I love the second generation NSX. However, I recognize how fantastic the C8 is and how it is more of a back to basics driving experience than the NSX, which, ironically, was what the original NSX was designed for.

But don't think for a moment that the NSX is the only one with a knife at its throat. The Z06 holds a knife to the ~$208,000 Lamborghini Huracan Evo, which only manages up to 630 hp; the ~$250,000 McLaren Artura, which will have only 7 more hp once released; the ~$148,000 Audi R8, which has a measly 602 hp; the ~$204,000 Porsche 911 Turbo S, which makes up to 640 hp; the ~$204,000 Maserati MC20; and basically anything else in that category. It's a relived moment of David against Goliath...except that there are multiple Goliaths and David is already winning on paper. It remains to be seen how it does in the real world but knowing how the standard C8 blew away customers from the factory I would be willing to bet that the Z06 will press the knives deeper until it cuts the heads of its competitors clean off.

That just about does it for me, I am completely sold by the C8 and if I weren't a broke college student and had a spare $90,000 I would buy one immediately, or at least put in my order for one and then wait to pay the $90,000. What are your thoughts on Chevrolet's decision to go with a flat plane crank V8 in the new Z06? What would you change about it? I look forward to reading your comments and I wish you all good luck, Godspeed, and that the Force may be with you in all your endeavors!

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Comments (10)

  • Crude, unreliable and cheap (the Corvette) is the opposite of the NSX Type S

      2 months ago
  • I disagree. The NSX is all about technology and going fast. This is more about drama and fun

      2 months ago
    • That is true but it was originally a fairly simple, reliable, no nonsense driving experience which I would argue is more what the Z06 has become. I have made a whole separate article where I argued for the NSX but it simply isn't the simple...

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        2 months ago
  • At $90,000 this is the world’s most economical supercar. They will sell like hotcakes. I don’t know how GM will fill all the orders.

      2 months ago
  • Now that it has a flat plane crankshaft and Dual Overhead Cams over pushrods and cross plane, it’s lost what I loved about the Corvette. HP to torque ratio is way off, low end torque won’t be felt anymore and the sound will be like a vacuum McLaren instead of a true corvette.

      2 months ago
    • It is no longer like past corvettes I will agree, and its definitely not the muscle car that most people, including me, loved it for. I was also baffled by the relatively low torque figure but I am still very excited for it. And yes, the sound in...

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        2 months ago