The first impression reviews of the upcoming C7 generation 2015 Corvette Z06 are starting to trickle in from the major automotive media outlets. We've collected all of these reviews right here, in one place.
Motor Trend's Ignition Ep. 119
Motor Trend is one of the only outlets so far to offer a video review of the 2015 Corvette Z06. Do yourself a favor and watch this episode of Ignition. The C7 Z06 needs to be seen (and heard) to be believed.
As a bonus, Carlos Lago, host of Ignition and writer for Motor Trend, has also uploaded an hour-long, in-depth discussion of his thoughts on the C7 Z06 on his personal YouTube channel.
7 Neat Things about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
You can bounce your head off the hood
First Test: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Would it be shocking to call the Z06's lateral capabilities more impressive than its acceleration? Its 22.5-second lap on the figure eight is the second-fastest production car we've tested behind the Porsche 918's 22.2 seconds; the Z06's 1.16 average lateral g is the highest we've seen from anything that wasn't a race car.
Driving the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at Road Atlanta
From my vantage point in the right seat, I see 154 mph flashing on the speedometer as Turn 10A approaches, and a trip into the gravel trap looming ahead of us appears to be inevitable. At the 150-foot marker, [Tommy] Milner buries the pedal for the carbon-ceramic brakes, and the 'Vette bleeds off speed like a lighter jet after making a carrier landing. "I think this thing brakes better than the race car," he murmurs.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 first drive
When you realize a good set of slicks should knock four or five seconds off the Corvette versus race-car delta, the day's final result isn't just interesting as anticipated, but rather shocking. Of all of today's series-production performance cars, if you measure success by lap time, the Z06 is a remarkable achievement. The fact it is equally at home on quiet public roads on the way to and from the circuit, or as a daily driver, make it outright astounding.
We're still shaking our heads.
UM, HOLY CRAP: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 FIRST TEST!
Back to the test numbers: Um, holy crap. Riding a Z06 through the first four gears feels like putting a saddle on Superman, though the Z06 is 200 pounds heavier than the old ZR1. Obviously, there's a squidge more power, but this is down to the race tires and the fact that today's automatics are often faster than manuals in a straight line.
2015 Corvette Z06 First Drive
"Watch this," Corvette engineer Chris Barber said, seconds before punching the throttle at the entry of a tight turn leading into Road Atlanta's terrifying back straight. The car shimmied slightly, its full throttle soundtrack briefly interrupted, then it roared back to life, pointed in the proper direction. As far as I could tell, Chris worked the steering wheel during that little stunt, but the 2015 Corvette Z06 has so many modes and automated assistants, it might very well be capable of steering itself.
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is absurdly fast and absurdly cheap
As the NASCAR boys say, this thing ain't dumb. The computer-controlled shocks talk to the computer-controlled differential, the engine-management computer, and the electric-steering-assist hardware. That whole mess is similarly in cahoots with the car's traction and stability nannies and their army of chassis sensors. Like many modern cars and the Corvette Stingray upon which it's based, the Z06 is thus one big algorithm suite, its feedback and handling constantly adjusted underneath you. And it's distinctly American. Think Nissan GT-R by way of the battleship Iowa and one of those beef-jerky warehouse outlets you see in rural Tennessee.
First drive: new Corvette Z06
Should I buy one?
Considering it starts at just $78,000 and rises to just over $100k for the Z07 with every box ticked, this is the performance car bargain of 2015. Which is why it's already sold out. If you can get your name on the list for 2016, we suggest you do it now. Thrills don't come any better – or for better value.
Yahoo! also has a first impressions video available on the Yahoo! Autos review.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 review: Driving the fastest 'Vette ever
After spending a day in the Z06 at Road Atlanta followed by another on the Georgian country roads, I finally have my definitive answer: Yes, the Z06, which will go on sale for around $79,000 ($89,000 with the Stage 3 aero kit), is an absolute masterpiece. It's the best Corvette I've ever driven, and yet it's not without issues.
Header image by Chevrolet.