After dangling one of the most tantalizing carrots in recent years in front of the press and observers alike, Chevrolet has — after a lengthy period of waiting — finally released the anticipated performance specs for the Corvette Z06, to date the most powerful Chevrolet to roll off General Motors’ assembly lines. We knew previously that it had 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque in its holster, but we didn’t know what that would translate into in the real world. Now we do.
According to the company, the Z06 will blitz to 60 miles per hour in a scant 2.95 seconds, nearly a full second faster than the base Stingray model. That’s in line or faster than many vehicles that command two, three, or four times its price, and it puts it directly in the firing range of its nemesis, the Nissan GT-R.
Paired with its exceptional sprint time is the Z06’s performance over a quarter-mile: the car can break 11 seconds at nearly 130 miles per hour (10.95 at 127, if we’re being specific). That — and the 2.95 zero-to-60 run — is when the car is loaded with the eight-speed auto.
Of course, perhaps more importantly than getting up to speed is bringing it back down. The Z06’s enormous brakes can bring the car back to a standstill from 60 in just 99 or so feet, which GM says is the best stopping performance ever seen from its vehicles, and the car can reach 1.2 g in lateral acceleration, compared with the Corvette’s previous best of 1.13 g.
All this for under $80,000.
But say you need more seats and that the Corvette Z06 just can’t cut it from a utility point of view, and you can’t afford more than one $60,000-plus car. Say you still want the kind of acceleration that will move most of your organs to the opposite side of your spine, but you need to fit some car seats: Dodge’s Charger Hellcat is probably the vehicle you’ll be looking at.
Like the ‘Vette, the 707-horsepower, nuclear bomb-powered Charger can also reach sixty in 2.9 seconds. According to TorqueNews (via Jalopnik), the Charger will run a 10.7-second quarter-mile on drag radials and about 11.2 seconds on stock tires; before we move on, let’s consider that this is a family sedan. With four doors. That weighs about 4,500 pounds.
Zero to 100 was clocked at 7.2 seconds, according to a drag slip obtained by TorqueNews. For the quarter mile, the Charger reached speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour, though its believed that the car is capable of more. “Had the driver stayed in the throttle for the whole run to hit the normal trap speed of 127 miles per hour, the Charger would have almost surely turned a faster quarter mile time — even if only a tenth or two quicker,” TorqueNews said.
So there you have it: two obscene displays of affordable American automotive ingenuity, blessedly revealed to us on the same day. So if German cars are too subtle and Japanese just don’t have enough balls, just know that you have options.
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