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Friday, January 13, 2006

Chris' Object of Automotive Desire - 1/13

In the dark days of the mid-to-late 1970s, when the Chevrolet Corvette became a fat, posh, sleazy, and slow cruiser, a machine like the 2006 Corvette Z06 would have been unthinkable.

Let's compare a 1978 Corvette to the Z06, shall we?

The 1977 Corvette, with a sub-200-horsepower V-8, struggled to do the 0-60 run in 8.8 seconds and topped out around 120 mph. For that sterling performance, easily attainable nowadays by a run-of-the-mill Hyundai, the 1977 Corvette provided, at best, fuel mileage in the mid teens.

The Z06 has 505 horsepower, does the 0-60 sprint in the mid 3-second range, and nearly breaks the 200 mph barrier. When the '77 Corvette is struggling up to 60 mph, the Z06 has already rushed through 100 mph. And the Z06 can get more than 20 mpg on the freeway.

The Z06's real competition, of course, isn't its forebears - it embarrasses the finest cars in the world. At $75,000, it may not be cheap, but it's a positive blue-plate special compared to the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Ford GTs, and Vipers that it sprints past.

It's the fastest street Corvette ever made; the fastest street Chevrolet ever made.

Of course, the real question is what the Z06 powertrain could do under the hood of, say, a 1983 Chevrolet Malibu Wagon.


Blogger GrandmaCathy said...

Hey, Chris -
I always love reading your auto reviews - from the "Driving with Chris" series to the "Milestones" to the current "Objects of Automotive Desire". From your early days in kindergarten, you have had a way with words. I look forward to seeing more of your articles, for my edification and entertainment. You may need to send out an email mentioning that you have updated the blog, as many of your loyal readers may not be aware of these fine new postings.
That being said, it would sure be nice to see a few other postings, perhaps titled, "Leigh's Daily Life with Sophia", "Sophia's Weekly Milestones", and "Sophia, the Object of Grandparents' Desire" (photo essay?) mixed in with your auto postings.
That's not being mentioned to induce guilt, since we are also aware you've been bailing water and scooping muck out of drains, in addition to your usual 60+ hour work weeks!
Grandma Cathy and Grandpa Mike

5:54 PM

Blogger Chris Hafner said...

Thanks, Momma, for the kind, words and flattery.

Flattery will, in fact, get you everywhere.

I will endeavor to be better at posting baby photos as well. Perhaps Leigh should take up the baton?

Hmm ...

5:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still waiting for one of those more, um, er, sensual descriptions of one of these autos . . .

12:56 PM


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