2016 Chevy Corvette Z06 Gets Minor Updates, C7.R Special Edition

25 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chevrolet Z06 C7.R Edition is a 650-horsepower race-inspired monster.

If you don’t believe us, check out the 650-horsepower Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition, the newest addition to the Vette’s growing arsenal of high-performance hardware.

Performance engineering company Callaway now offers a package of enhancements for the Stingray that transform the 460 hp sports car into a 627 hp super car for as little as $17,995, including installation (plus the price of a brand new Stingray at a Callaway-authorized Chevrolet dealer, starting at $59,995). In the case of Texas tuner John Hennessey, his ‘homework’ just so happens to be pinning sports cars open at full throttle and rocketing them up to eye-watering speeds.

We’ll admit it; when we first saw the press release we figured this was a track-only plaything, a car that was tire-melting fast but anything but street-legal. The package is 50-state legal, financeable with the purchase of a new Corvette, and comes with a warranty that runs concurrently with the General Motors warranty. With the exception of a few details – like the C7.R racercar’s towering rear spoiler and side-exit exhaust pipes – you could easily mistake the two. They’ve exercised a stock test vehicle on the dyno, benchmarked it through the quarter mile, but now it’s time to test the stock Z06 on a speed run through its eight-cog gearbox. With Hennessey behind the wheel, the Z06 leapt from standstill to 60 mph using only first and second gear, then rifled speedily past 100 and 150 mph – the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 making quick work of the lower gears.

Callaway’s badging is subtle and professional looking, with polished chrome name pieces and a very cool supercharged Stingray badge that replaces the factory badge. After 47 seconds at full bore, the 650hp Z06 wrestled its way to the 185 mph mark and appears to have disposed of one sixteenth of its gas in the process, perhaps just sloshing.

The cabin has been similarly tricked out in a mixture of black leather and suede-like microfiber, yellow stitching, carbon-fiber trim, and an interior plaque denoting which of the C7.R Edition’s limited run of 500 units you’re driving. In fact the old C6 ZR1 with 638hp could hit 205 mph, but this Z06 Corvette in particular was fitted with Chevrolet’s carbon fiber Z07 aerodynamics package, which helps keep it planted firmly into the ground. Given what we’ve seen from Hennessey in the past – 700hp Mustangs and 1,200hp CTS-V coupes – who knows how much more can be pulled out of the Z06. My drive in the Callaway started out with an unintentional torture test, both for the car and for me – a 28-mile rush hour bumper-to-bumper commute through the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The Callaway was confident and comfortable in traffic, never feeling like a nervous thoroughbred in the gate, as some performance cars can be in adverse conditions.

The Callaway short shifter sharpens gear changes in a good way, and feels much more connected than the stock unit – so it’s a recommended accessory. Driving like a hooligan is a definite risky consequence, because all that accessible, usable power makes the idea of overtaking the vehicles up ahead feel like a necessity. A Callaway engine and supercharger will have benefitted from a lot of hand work from the company, as opposed to the mass-produced, factory line stock Corvette.

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