Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
When Chevrolet introduced the C6 Z06 in 2006, they had three magical numbers that would ring true with Bow Tie enthusiasts all over the world: 427. While still technically a small block member of the LS family of V8s, the LS7 in the Z06 was a fire-breathing near-race piece, making the Z06 nothing short of a weapon, both on the track and on the street. This particular 'Vette is an extra-special Centennial Edition that celebrates Chevrolet's 100th birthday, making it a collector's piece as well.
This nasty Carbon Flash Metallic 2012 Z06 remains in showroom fresh condition throughout, and unlike many Z06s, hasn't been used as a track toy or daily driver. With only 10,868 original miles, it has been driven only on sunny days, and its spectacular condition bears this out. Only 195 Z06s were built in this color, making it the most popular color, but if you have the nastiest car on the block, is there any other choice? As a beautifully preserved and expertly maintained piece, the highest praise we can give this car is that it is factory fresh in almost every way. It has never been damaged or hit, and every single panel and every square inch of paint is as it was applied in Bowling Green. The Z06 enjoys wider wheel flares that give it a low, menacing stance as well as a custom front fascia with a special air intake between the headlights. The effect is subtle, but nobody will mistake a Z06 for a garden-variety Corvette. Add in the carbon-fiber "100" logos on the b-pillars and wheels that came with the Centennial Edition, and everyone knows this is a special C6.
For all its race-inspired functionality, the Z06 is designed to be a daily-drivable high-performance vehicle. To that end, comfort and convenience are held to a very high standard. HID headlights, fog lamps, leather seating, dual-zone air conditioning, cabin air filtration and a heads-up display (HUD) with track mode and g-meter are standard. The Z06 gauge cluster displays the Z06 logo on the 7000 RPM redline tachometer and has readout on the oil pressure gauge to reflect the higher pressure of the dry-sump oiling system. The seats feature exquisite leather surfaces with microfiber suede inserts and red stitching, a beautiful dash with same red stitching, and a plush suede-wrapped steering wheel with that familiar "100" center badge that comes with this package. The options list is plentiful, pretty much everything GM had available in 2012 for their production cars is in this Corvette. As with the exterior, the interior of the car is in superb shape, with only very light signs of use.
But the real drama is under this 'Vette's skin. That 427 cubic inch V8 is no joke, and with its aluminum construction, it weighs several hundred pounds less than the legendary 427s of the '60s, while extracting more performance than ever before. This one has been upgraded with RPM's Stage 3 Z06 package (almost $10k worth of performance goodies), adding even more power and violent sound to a car that already had them in droves. All told, it makes huge horsepower at the rear wheels, more than you'll likely ever need. Yeah, impressive! The rear-mounted 6-speed transmission gets its own set of gears that are designed for the output and power curve of the LS7 engine, and includes a pump that sends transmission fluid forward to be cooled in a dedicated heat exchanger. Massive brakes are clamped by six piston calipers that have been painted red, as is fashionable these days. Out back, four piston units clamp large rotors, which are actually bigger than the front rotors on the C5 Corvette. Those Z06 wheels were the largest ever fitted to a Corvette up to that point: 18x9.5 up front and 19x12 out back, featuring "100" badges on each one and wearing 275/35/18 and 335/30/19 performance tires all around.
With a factory buildsheet, an original window sticker, a complete set of manuals, and loaded with options and upgrades, this is a screaming bargain for this limited edition C6. Your right foot won't know what year the accelerator pedal is, so why not take this 2012 Z06 3LZ home today?
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