Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
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 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is an extra-special, low-mileage coupe further punctuated with the Z06 Ultimate Performance Package (aka RPO Code Z07), making it a true supercar that's easy on the eyes and an absolute blast to drive.
This nasty Crystal Red Metallic Z06 remains in darn-near showroom condition throughout, and unlike many Z06s, hasn't been used as a track toy or daily driver. With only 33,911 original miles, it has been driven only on sunny days, and its spectacular condition bears this out. Only 97 Z06s were built in this color this year, making it a rare sight to behold, but for the nastiest car on the block we think the color is perfect. Furthermore, this particular model was ordered with the carbon fiber package, so you get a pronounced chin spoiler, ground effects, a blacked-out roof panel, a ZR-1 style full-width rear spoiler, and a sweet-looking rear diffuser that add to the already aggressive set-up. As a beautifully preserved and expertly maintained piece, the highest praise we can give this car is that it is about as close to factory-fresh as you can get with this kind of mileage, showing only very minor imperfections that could easily be erased with a good buff-and-wax. 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 and the lower grille with the integrated '427' badge. The effect is subtle, but nobody will mistake a Z06 for just a garden-variety C6 Corvette, especially with those special badges on the fenders letting everyone know what time it is.
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 with this car's 3LZ Premium Equipment Group. HID headlights, fog lamps, deluxe black 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 Z06 embroidered logos in the headrests and high-end white stitching, a beautiful dash with same stitching, and a sporty leather-wrapped steering wheel with that familiar dual-flag center badge that comes with this package. The carbon fiber package is continued inside, with accents found on the dash, center console, and matching door panels. The options list is plentiful, pretty much everything GM had available in 2011 for their production cars is in this Corvette, and a Kenwood touchscreen multi-media head unit that controls the kickin' stereo, back-up camera, and navigation system all at arm's reach for the driver. As with the exterior, the interior of the car is in superb shape, with only very light signs of use thanks to great care from the car's single owner since new.
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. All told, it makes a reported 505 horsepower and 470 lb-ft. (and these numbers are actually conservative compared to independent magazine tests), which is likely more than you'll likely ever need but still great to have at your disposal. The rear-mounted 6-speed manual 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. The Magnetic Ride Control and top-of-the-line sport suspension absolutely sticks the Corvette to the road or racetrack, and when compared to Corvettes from prior generations, you can see why the C6 was finally respected as a bonafide exotic. Massive Brembo ceramic brakes are clamped by six piston calipers on drilled rotors, while out back, four piston units clamp large drilled rotors, which are actually bigger than the front rotors on the prior C5 Corvette. Killer-looking Forgeline wheels were added in a 19-inch front and 20-inch rear configuration (stock wheels come with the sale as well), and they're wrapped with sporty 285/30/19 front and 335/25/20 rear Michelin Pilot Sport
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