Page-8  2001 Corvette Z06 by Hib Halverson
Final Answers

As great as the Z06 is, it still won’t do a Viper or a Porsche Turbo on the drag strip. You’ll need aftermarket tuning help or nitrous oxide for that. As for the rest of the competition, it’s open season and your armed with the Corvette equivalent of a .44 Magnum.

The ZR1 remains King in one, last measure of stock Corvette performance: top speed. Because the C5 Hardtop exterior does not enjoy aerodynamics as good as those of the C4 Coupe, the ZR1 is faster by 5-7 miles per hour. While the Z06 is clearly a better performing car in many areas, one has to marvel as the ZR1’s longevity in staying the fastest. Pretty amazing considering the basic technology in the ZR1 is now 15 years old.

Everyone wants to know what a damn fast car like this will cost. Rumors on the Internet a couple of weeks ago had the price up to sixty grand. Sheesh. Are these people smoking crack? My guess all-along had been the Z06 would come in for about the cost of an “average” convertible. Chevrolet announced today (July 1) that the Z06’s MSRP is $47,500.  That figure is a little under the price of a typically-equipped convertible which, accroding to Scott Montgomery at Les Stanford Chevrolet in Michigan, is $48,000. Of course, there’s going to be some less-than-honorable dealers who will rape Zed-ought-sixers with horrendous surcharges. Those guys oughta be in the Corvette Hall of Shame along with the 10-spoke wheels.


Everyone also wants to know how many Z06es will be made. That’s hard to get a fix on, but GM indicates they could build up to 20% of ’01 production as Z06es.




  • Z06 parts will only be on Hardtops and, for 2001, all Hardtops will be Z06es.

  • For ’01, no LS6 in Coupes or Convertibles.

  • All Corvettes will have Active Handling standard in ’01.

Z06es come with a "Tire Inflator Kit" consisting of a 12-volt compressor and a squeeze bottle of latex in an aqueous base. Similar kits have been used by other manufacturers of high-end sports cars and Corvettes sold in Japan have been using this kit since 1997. The Z06 IP cluster does not display tire pressure information like other C5s. The latex component of the inflator kit is not compatible with the self-contained pressure sensor/valve stem units so, the sensors are deleted.

Now, some comments, offered to media at the Mid-Ohio preview, from the two guys at the top of the Corvette food-chain: Jim Campbell, Corvette Brand Manager, and Dave Hill, Corvette Chief Engineer. These two guys guard the fire of America’s Sports Car at General Motors.

"The other two Corvette models," Campbell stated, "will continue to be the bulk of our sales and their owners will be satisfied with their purchases. The Z06 will appeal to those who lust for something more–that indefinable thrill that comes from driving competitively at 10/10ths in a car built to do exactly that."

Mr. Hill, who’s typically quiet and understated, expressed uncommon excitement when he told the press, "It will do 0-60 in four seconds flat and corner with more than one G lateral acceleration. The Z06 truly takes Corvette performance to the next level. In fact, the Corvette Team has started calling it ‘C5.5’ so marked are the improvements we’ve made."




So–there you have it: the "C5.5", aka the Z06, one flaming hot car on a race track that can also be pretty cool to drive on the street.





The author wishes to thank: Mike Neal and John Heinricy of the GM North American Car Division, John Juriga and Bill Zabritski of the GM Powertrain Division, Bob Toth and Larry Jansen of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., the Communications staffs at GM-NACD, GMPTD and Chevrolet and the travel/media program professionals at Marcom for special assistance in preparing this article.

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