Superior interior comfort for everyday driving
The Corvette hallmark dual cockpit interior design features high quality craftsmanship and functionality. Efficient packaging and a relatively long wheelbase (2686 mm) ensure generous interior space and class-leading luggage capacity (634 litres).
Race-inspired, the interior is designed to ensure the Z06 is still a car for every day driving. Its lightweight seats, shaped to firmly secure the driver and passenger when cornering, are leather clad and heated. A customised full leather interior pack is optional (£2650). Dual-zone climate control, cruise control and powered driver’s seat with preset memory are standard features.
Another advanced technology included as standard is the menu-selectable head-up display (HUD) – projected on to the windscreen – which enhances safety by allowing drivers to focus on the road while still monitoring vehicle speed and other critical information. The two settings, ‘Street’ and ‘Track’, are each pre-programmed to display information relevant for each respective situation.
The Z06 also boasts a Bose seven speaker audio system with an in-dash six-CD changer and controls mounted on the power reach adjustable steering wheel. A GPS navigation system is available as an option (£1600).
Safety from advanced structures, materials and electronic driving aids
The Z06 features a unique aluminium fixed-roof body structure combined with advanced lightweight materials for optimum stiffness and low weight.
Perimeter chassis rails are one-piece hydroformed members featuring cast suspension mounting points, while other structural components are produced with state-of-the-art casting and extrusion manufacturing technologies.
Advanced structural composites featuring carbon fibre are bonded to the aluminium structure. The wider front wheel arches and wings, for example, are carbon composites and the passenger compartment floors combine carbon-fibre skins with an ultra-lightweight balsa wood core.
A subframe in magnesium – lighter than aluminium yet incredibly strong – cradles the engine and serves as the mount for front suspension components.
In addition to exceptional structural security, occupants also benefit from a range of passive safety systems. A number of advanced but unobtrusive handling safety systems, including traction control, Active Handling (ESP), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC) contribute to maintaining sure-footedness on the road. Finally ‘smart’ dual stage front airbags and seat-mounted side curtain airbags are also standard.
Other routes to acquiring the Corvette dream
For Corvette enthusiasts looking for a less ’hard-core’ driving experience, the sixth generation model, the 2008 C6, offers customers a choice of coupe or convertible left-hand drive models. Both versions deliver legendary American supercar performance with great style and quality – plus even better value, with ‘more for less’ pricing starting at £45,995, a reduction of £1,600 from last year, despite the significant engine upgrade.
For 2008, a larger 6.2-litre V8 delivers 437 ps (up 9.2%) and 575 Nm peak torque for an incredible performance that is discreetly managed by advanced Active Handling (ESP) and Traction Control systems. Both the Coupe and Convertible models are capable of 186 mph and can accelerate to 62 mph in just 4.3 seconds with the manual and 4.4 seconds with the auto paddle-shift transmission. Two models are available from £45,995 to £55,495 (on-the-road)Published 3 March 2008