2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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2018 MODEL
$83,495 - $92,440 See Inventory Prices

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Ever wanted a Sports car that drove like a Missile on the Track and could blitz all Time Trials around a Race Circuit near you in the form of a Convertible? Well, GM may have a Car for you. Meet the All New 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible.

The Flagship Corvette Convertible and the face of American Performance Cars since many years features a Supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 tuned to generate a Gargantuan 650HP of Power and 650lbs-ft of Torque, which many performance cars at this price still dream to achieve. The Soundtrack from this Motor is a Gearhead’s dream and one would never get bored of hearing this Amazing, Brutal soundtrack from those Quad Exhausts.


 

9.5/10
Engine

 

4.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.7/10
Interior

 

7.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Starting at an MSRP of $84,590, the Corvette offers unmatched performance to price and features that the rivals charge a hefty premium for. There is no match to the brute power that the Corvette offers in the US market directly. For comparison purposes, we have today taken the 2018 BMW 650i 2door Convertible, 2018 Mercedes Benz SL 550 Roadster and the 2018 Porsche Carrera S Cabriolet as the rivals for the Corvette due to their similar pricing

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Features

The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is available in 3 trims namely the 1LZ, 2LZ and the 3LZ. They are the same essentially with a few subtle differences.

Trims

1LZ

2LZ

3LZ

Pricing

$84,590(Excluding Options)

$88,155(Excluding Options)

$93,535(Excluding Options)

Key Features

Active Rev Matching Feature

In addition to the features in the previous trim, you also get these

In addition to the features from the previous trims, you also get these

Performance Exhaust Auto Dimming Driver Side body color Mirror PDR and Video Recorder
Heads Up Display Power Adjusted Driver and Passenger Seat Customizable Leather Wrapped Interiors
Keyless Open and Start Heated Driver and Passenger Seat Microfiber Wrapped Interiors
Solar Ray light Tinted Glass Cargo Net  
Body Color Outside Heated Powered Mirrors Ventilated Driver and Passenger Seat  

Features List

  • Front Carbon Fiber Lip Spoiler
  • Separate Climate Control buttons for Passenger
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Performance Data Recorder with Valet Mode
  • Button controlled door opening mechanism
  • Eco Mode with Cylinder Deactivation Technology
  • Eco, Track, Sport and Tour modes for Instrument Cluster
  • High Intensity Discharge Head Lamps with LED Turn Signals
  • Extended front splitter
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play available in the infotainment system.
  • Magnetic Ride Control and Michelin Pilot Super Sports Tires
  • 10 Speaker Bose Audio System
  • Powered Tilt and Telescoping Steering adjustment

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Engine

9.5/10

“Objectively, this thing is just INSANE!” – Doug DeMuro, Top Youtuber

The Most Powerful Corvette in History, the Z06 offers consumers performance which could be only accessed by people with Race Car Licenses or with Big Bank Balances. The Z06 has some Mind Numbing performance which makes you feel Active and Energetic every time you drive.

Engine and Transmission

Powering this ‘Hulk’ from Chevrolet is a 6.2L Supercharged LT4 V8 motor delivering 650 [email protected],400rpm and 650lbs-ft of Torque @ 3,600rpm. This Elephantine Power is transferred to the Rear Wheels via a 7 Speed Manual Transmission with Active Rev Matching or an 8 Speed Automatic Gearbox with paddle Shifters. Also, the Dry Sump Oil System, Direct Injection Continuous Variable Valve Timing and 2 Valves per Cylinder configuration (Direct Overhead Camshafts or DOHC) makes the Engine spit out power in the blink of an Eye. Another reason for the improved power figures is the increase in the Speed of rotation of the Supercharger which now rotates at 20,000RPM as compared to the 15,000RPM of last year.

Models

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

2018 BMW 650i Convertible

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2018 Mercedes Benz SL 550 Convertible

MSRP

$93,535

$98,300

$117,400

$112,300

Engine

6.2L V8 DOHC

4.4L V8 DOHC

3.0L Boxer 6 DOHC

4.7L V8 DOHC

Transmission

7-speed manual

8 Speed automatic

7-speed manual

9 Speed automatic

Horsepower

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Torque

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368 [email protected],700rpm

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Acceleration

The acceleration from this 650HP V8 Corvette Convertible can be best termed as ‘Bewildering’. This Corvette can go do a 0-60 mph sprint in just 2.95 seconds(as claimed by Chevrolet) which is Class Leading in terms of outright performance and also puts to shame some Supercars which cost Twice or Thrice the price of this car. Also, the 650lbs-ft of Torque ensures you reach “Break Neck” speeds in no time and you may have to think twice, before fully pressing the acceleration pedal. This Raw, Visceral feel from the Engine and the acceleration means one needs to have some good Driving Skills to max out this performance if you ever want to do so. Also, if you want to measure the Performance and various other data parameters regarding the performance anytime, Chevrolet has equipped the Corvette with a Performance Data Recorder (PDR) which is supplied by Cosworth who have been excelling in Performance Racing for quite some time now.

Models

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

2018 BMW 650i 2 Door Convertible

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera S Convertible

2018 Mercedes Benz SL 550 Convertible

0-60 MPH

2.95 seconds

4.5 seconds

4.2 seconds

4.3 seconds

Quarter mile

10.95 seconds

13 seconds

12.6 seconds

12.6 seconds

Engine

6.2L Supercharged LT4 V8

4.4L V8

3.0L Flat 6

4.7L V8

Emissions(Tons\yr of CO2 @15k mi\yr)

9.8

8.8

7.7

8.8

Brake and Handling

For Stopping a Car with this Level of Performance, the Brakes have to be not just good, but the Best. Chevrolet has done the same and provided the Corvette Z06 Convertible with Steel Brakes supplied by Brembo (who are the best in the business when it comes to braking). The Front brake units have 6 Pistons and Aluminium calipers while the Rear brakes have 4 Pistons with Aluminium Calipers. You also have the option of upgrading to an Amazing Carbon Ceramic Braking package with the Z07 performance package which reduces the weight of the car by approximately 10kgs and drastically improves braking performance.

To add to the confidence of the driver, Chevrolet say that the Chassis has been made lighter and 20% stiffer than the previous generation to aid the handling characteristics of the car. The Magnetic Ride Control adjusts the damping system in the front and rear in just 15milliseconds to adapt to the changing road conditions and steering inputs. The Double Wishbone Suspension in the Front and Rear offer Race Car like Ride and handling and great cornering ability. The Standard Electronic Limited Slip Differential comes with a hydraulically adjustable Clutch and fully opens up during braking to make the Corvette exceptionally stable during braking. This also makes the Corvette reach amazing grip levels of upto 1.2G of lateral grip.

The Tires fitted to the Corvette Z06 Convertible are the Michelin Pilot Super Sports which offers superb road and track performance as it has been specifically developed by Michelin in conjunction with the Corvette Racing Team. However, one must note that while these offer superb levels of grip, these tires don’t last that long and wear out in approximately under 4000 Miles if you use them extensively.

The Standard Rear Spoiler on the Z06 Convertible provides added downforce and aerodynamic efficiency to keep the Corvette planted on the Road as you try to go past 3 Digit Speeds. The updated bodywork also allows better cooling of the Engine and the Supercharger as well.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S Convertible

BMW 650i 2dr Convertible

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

Mercedes Benz SL 550 Convertible

Brake Front (in.)

13.8

14.7

14.6

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

13

13.6

14.4

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3329

4490

3582

3959

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

113

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Fuel Economy

4.8/10

This is a segment most Corvette owners wouldn’t want to look at. The big 6.2L delivers Herculean levels of Performance at the cost of MPG figures. The 18.5 Gallon fuel tank offers approximately 333 Miles of driving range. However, Chevrolet has a Clever Trick up its sleeves. They have a technology called the “Active Fuel Management” which is GM’s take on Cylinder Deactivation Technology which is activated when you press the ‘ECO’ mode.

The Active Fuel Management cuts off supply to 4 Cylinders under light load conditions offering better Mileage and lower emissions. However, the system disengages automatically when you step on the throttle hard again when you feel you need a bump in Power or change driving modes.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S convertible

BMW 650i Convertible

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

Mercedes Benz SL 550 Convertible

MPG (city)

20

17

15

17

MPG (highway)

28

25

22

25

MPG (combined)

23

20

18

20

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Interior

5.7/10

“You sink low into the comfortable seats of the Z06, a large transmission tunnel separates the two occupants and there are plenty of soft touch plastics and leather covered surfaces to impart a suitable feeling of luxury. In general, the fit and finish on certain rivals may be better resolved but at this price level none will match the Corvettes dynamic abilities” –Carbuzz.com

Seating and Comfort

The Seats inside the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible far more comfortable than the previous generation Corvettes. The Napa Leather Seats are heated and ventilated and have hand stitching over them. The Build Quality desires improvements when compared to the Corvette’s German rivals and is an area where GM has compromised a bit to keep the cost of the Corvette down. One of the Standout points in the Driver oriented cabin of the Corvette is the Seating which are Competition Seats available as Standard. These offer pronounced side bolsters to the Driver and the passenger seat which keeps them hooked to the seats when accelerating hard or cornering hard.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S Convertible

BMW 650i Convertible

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

Mercedes Benz SL 550 Convertible

Passenger capacity

4

4

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

40.3/56.9/42.1

37.9/55.2/43.0

39.1/55.5/42.9

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

36.5/49.6/30.5

-

-

Cargo Volume

There are decent number of Cubby Spaces and Bottle Holders inside the cabin of the Corvette which will be enough for keeping your phones or other small packages. However, the biggest compromise of this convertible is the trunk space which offers very little space to keep stuff when the Top is down. One must keep in mind though that this is a problem with all Convertibles and the Chevy does offer decent space when compared to the Competition.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S Convertible

BMW 650i Convertible

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

Mercedes Benz SL 550 Convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

5.6

11.0

10.0

13.5

 Infotainment System

The Infotainment System of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is loaded with the best GM has to offer for the World. You get a Great Sounding Audio system, good navigation system with decent legibility in direct sunlight, dual zone climate control system and a whole lot of other exciting features. The features include

  • Performance Data Recorder from Cosworth including Valet Mode that monitors your valet and his activities while he is parking your car.
  • 8” LCD Display that offers a multitude of Information including G force, Tire Temperature, Engine Coolant Temperature and a whole lot of other readings.
  • Adjustable Heads Up Display displaying Engine RPM and Speed and other basic readouts.
  • 5 Driving Modes namely Weather, Eco, Sport, Track and Tour and Magnetic Ride control that can be changed with the Turn of a Dial present near the Gear Stick.
  • Bose Audio System with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
  • Drop down Chevrolet MyLink Touchscreen System which reveals storage area with USB ports.
  • 4G LTE and WiFi Hotspot with Bluetooth 3.0
  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio with 1 year service.

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Exterior

7.6/10

“The Chevrolet Corvette is in its seventh generation, or C7, and still comes across young and hot as ever”–Autoblog.com

Dimensions and Weights

The Dimensions of the 2018 Corvette Z06 remains mostly unchanged from the previous year model. There are certain interesting bits in the Exteriors that attract a lot of Attention. There is a Cut made on the Long Hood of the Corvette to surround that Massive Supercharger inside the Engine bay which would otherwise not fit under the Hood. The Rear Spoiler also grabs a lot of Eyeballs which adds to the functionality of the Car as well as improving the overall aesthetics of the Car. The Fenders are fatter and there are Cuts and creases all over the Body of the Corvette with Body Scoops to enhance air flow and improve Aerodynamics of the Car.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S Convertible

BMW 650i Convertible

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

Mercedes Benz SL 550 Roadster

Curb weight (lbs.)

3329

4490

3582

3959

Length(in)

177.1

192.8

177.9

182.3

Width(in)

71.2

74.6

77.4

76.7

Height(in)

50.8

53.7

48.7

51.2

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

4.8

N/A

3.7

Wheelbase (in)

96.5

112.4

106.7

101.7

Track width (in) F/R

60.7/59.8

62.8/65

63.5/62.5

62.8/63

Exterior Features

  • Bi Xenon Headlamps with LED DRL signature
  • Front Splitter and Bigger Fenders to accommodate the Michelins
  • Spats around front wheel openings
  • Carbon Fiber Hood
  • 19” Front/20” Rear Michelin Pilot Super Sports Tires
  • Performance Quad Exhausts
  • Heated Body Colored ORVM with Auto Dimming
  • Solar Ray Light Tinted Glass
  • Rear Spoiler
  • LED Brakelights

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Safety

Safety Features

  • Front and Side Driver and Passenger Airbags
  • Anti-Lock Braking System with Traction Control
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Performance Traction Management System
  • Active Handling System
  • OnStar Communication system that calls emergency services in event of a Collision.
  • Super Sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sports Tires
  • Rear parking Sensors

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Competition

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible vs. Mercedes Benz SL 550 Roadster

One of the Top Rivals to the Corvette, The Mercedes trumps the Chevy in Interior Space, Head room and leg room for the Driver and Passenger and Cargo Volume. The Mercedes is definitely the car which offers a more spacious and practical and well Built cabin which is built to last than the Chevy. However, if a convertible performance sports car is what you are looking for, the Corvette is the way to go. The Corvette demolishes the Mercedes SL 550 in every performance parameter that you choose.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible vs. BMW 650i Convertible

The BMW is similar in dimension and interiors to the Mercedes hence one can definitely see that the “Teutonic Knight” has its nose ahead against the American Brawler here. The Bimmer also outshines the Corvette in overall handling and ride dynamics. The Corvette though has taken plenty strides forward in leaps and bounds to improve its Handling and cornering abilities against the previous iteration, it still has to cover some miles to match the dynamic precision of the Bimmer. The BMW however is no match to the Corvette’s outright power muscle and it is where the American Muscle outshines the BMW.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible vs. Porsche 911 Carrera S Convertible

The 911 Carrera S has always been the Natural Rival to the Chevy whenever comparisons are made. The Corvette is America’s best offering for many whereas the Porsche is Europe’s best and the Benchmark of Handling and Driving precision for Motoring Enthusiasts around the world. The Porsche sure can’t match the Sledgehammer power of the Corvette but it does redeem itself in pure driving exhilaration. Also, the Porsche has Well build Interiors and every switch and knob has been placed in the most perfect position with the Driver in mind. However, the Porsche costs around almost $20,000 more than the Corvette here and it’s very difficult to overlook what the Corvette offers for the price difference

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Final Verdict

The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible is by far, the “Best Car” GM or even America has ever produced. It isn’t a Straight line weapon anymore and has been designed in the Nurburgring to tackle corners and destroy Laptimes. There is no doubt that the kind of Performance that the Corvette offers for the price it’s retailing at, there is still some time for the competition to catch upto and will be difficult as well. However, if you are willing to pay more for a more "luxurious" or better "built" car, there are other cars available in the market that might be of better interest to you

Pros

Mind Numbing Power and Torque

Great Chassis

Superb Brakes

Great Handling

Manual Transmission Available

Cons

Extremely Stiff ride

Low Fuel Economy

More Safety Aids needed

What's New?

Small styling tweaks in the exterior

Enhancements in Performance Data Recorder



Styles

 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat color  2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in Blade Silver Metallic color  2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in Black Rose Metallic color  2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in Arctic White color  2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in Admiral Blue Metallic color
Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat

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Ratings

Exterior

7.6

Engine

9.5

Interior

5.7

Fuel Economy

4.8

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 1LZ

1LZ

power
650 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$83,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Z06 w/1LZ 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M) Starting at $83,495 MSRP (15/18/22) 650 hp @ 6400 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
7-speed manual rear wheel drive 2 NA

 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2LZ

2LZ

power
650 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$87,060


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Z06 w/2LZ 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M) Starting at $87,060 MSRP (15/18/22) 650 hp @ 6400 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
7-speed manual rear wheel drive 2 NA

 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 3LZ

3LZ

power
650 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$92,440


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Z06 w/3LZ 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 7M) Starting at $92,440 MSRP (15/18/22) 650 hp @ 6400 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
7-speed manual rear wheel drive 2 NA

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