Rethinking The American Muscle Car

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corvettez06

Engine: 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Horsepower: 650 Fuel economy: 15 city/22 hwy (man.) Price: $78,000

 

For many years, the Chevrolet Corvette tempted drivers with a simple value proposition: lots of power in a light, well-balanced, and totally badass package. That was enough to make it one of the most iconic American cars ever built, rivaling any import on raw performance. Where the Vette lost to its European counterparts was in quality. Essentially, you got what you paid for.

In January, Chevy released the new Z06 and threw that equation out of whack. The car can run from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds, putting it in league with six-figure vehicles like the Ferrari 458 Italia, Porsche 911 Turbo S, and McLaren 650S. But where the Z06 stands out is in its finish. It feels like a luxury machine. And that’s where it’s truly disruptive. When drivers can get a vehicle with top-tier attributes at the fraction of the cost, what does that say about the future of sports cars?

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