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Chevrolet’s sixth-generation sports car, or C6 Corvette, was a transitional period for the iconic nameplate. So, which years are included in the sixth-gen model’s run? Moreover, which track-happy C6 models boast some of the best performance credentials?

What years was the Corvette C6 made?

The C6 Chevrolet Corvette ran from 2005 to 2013. After the 2013 model year, the seventh-generation car, or C7, took over with an all-new design. The sixth-gen model replaced the C5 after the 2004 model year. 

A sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette C6 from the 2006 model year shows off its rear-end styling.
A sixth-gen Corvette | General Motors

Of the most noteworthy aesthetic updates from the fifth-generation Corvette, the C6 ditched the nameplate’s iconic pop-up headlights. Instead, the base model C6 wore an updated fascia with exposed headlamps.  

What engine is in C6 Z06?

One of the most sought-after sixth-generation Corvettes, the C6 Z06, packed a monstrous small block V8. Specifically, the C6 Z06’s 7.0L LS7 V8 produces 505 horsepower. Moreover, the LS7 is the largest engine ever offered in a Corvette. 

At the base model and Grand Sport, the early C6 Corvette models pack a 400-horsepower 6.0L LS2 V8 engine, up from the base C5’s 350-horsepower 5.7L LS1. Moreover, the sixth-generation base model offered a Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission in addition to the four-speed automatic. However, the 2008 model introduced a 6.2L LS3 V8, which bumped power figures up to 430 and 424 lb-ft of torque.

A C6 Corvette ZR1 shows off its blue paintwork at the National Corvette Museum.
Corvette ZR1 | Erik Sherman, MotorBiscuit

However, the most powerful, swivel-eyed C6 in the vehicle’s lineup is the ZR1. The 2009 ZR1 packs an angry LS9 6.2L V8. However, unlike the lower trims, the C6 ZR1 is the first factory-supercharged model in the nameplate’s history. As a result, the ZR1 produces 638 horsepower, per Car and Driver.   

How much is a C6 Corvette worth?

The C6 Corvette’s value depends on the model’s year, trim, condition, and mileage. Early base-model iterations could be worth between $15,000 and $25,000. However, newer models, Grand Sports, and Z06 trims will demand higher sums. 

For instance, the 2005 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe has an average value of around $22,451, per Kelley Blue Book (KBB). However, a 2013 Z06 with average mileage has a value of about $49,654. Moreover, a ZR1 could demand around $80,000 or more.   

A yellow C6 Corvette Z06 shows off its front-end styling.
A C6 Z06 | General Motors

What is the difference between a C6 and C7 Corvette?

In 2014, the C7 Corvette replaced the C6. Despite retaining the front-engine, rear-wheel drive application, the C7 was an evolutionary step for the Chevrolet sports car. For instance, the C7 worked in details like angular taillamps, a seven-speed manual transmission, and, for the first time, a supercharged Z06 trim. 

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