When Chevrolet introduced the C6 Z06 in 2006, they had three
magical numbers that would ring true with Bow Tie enthusiasts all
over the world: 427. While still technically a small block member
of the LS family of V8s, the LS7 in the Z06 was a fire-breathing
near-race piece, making the Z06 nothing short of a weapon, both on
the track and on the street.
This nasty black 2008 Z06 remains in showroom fresh condition throughout, and unlike many Z06s, hasn't been used as a track toy or daily driver. With only 28,622 original miles, it has been driven only on sunny days, and its spectacular condition bears this out. Only 2585 Z06s were built in this color, making it the most popular color, but if you have the nastiest car on the block, is there any other choice? As a beautifully preserved and expertly maintained piece, the highest praise we can give this car is that it is factory fresh in almost every way. It has never been damaged or hit, and every single panel and every square inch of paint is as it was applied in Bowling Green. The Z06 enjoys wider wheel flares that give it a low, menacing stance as well as a custom front fascia with a special air intake between the headlights. The effect is subtle, but nobody will mistake a Z06 for a garden-variety Corvette.
For all its race-inspired functionality, the Z06 is designed to be a daily-drivable high-performance vehicle. To that end, comfort and convenience are held to a very high standard. HID headlights, fog lamps, leather seating, dual-zone air conditioning, cabin air filtration and a heads-up display (HUD) with track mode and g-meter are standard. The Z06 gauge cluster displays the Z06 logo on the 7000 RPM redline tachometer and has readout on the oil pressure gauge to reflect the higher pressure of the dry-sump oiling system. The seats feature two-tone leather surfaces, with Z06-logo embroidery and contrasting stitching. As with the exterior, the interior of the car is in superb shape, with only very light signs of use.
But the real drama is under this 'Vette's skin. That 427 cubic inch V8 is no joke, and with its aluminum construction, it weighs several hundred pounds less than the legendary 427s of the '60s, while extracting more performance than ever before. This one has a few upgrades including a Comp Cams camshaft, custom heads with stainless valves, and a little more compression, plus a set of long-tube headers and a Corsa exhaust system. All told, it makes 558 horsepower at the rear wheels. Yeah, impressive! The rear-mounted 6-speed transmission gets its own set of gears that are designed for the output and power curve of the LS7 engine, and includes a pump that sends transmission fluid forward to be cooled in a dedicated heat exchanger. Massive 14-inch brakes are clamped by six piston calipers that have been painted red, as is fashionable these days. Out back, four piston units clamp merely large 13.4-inch rotors, which are still larger than the front rotors on the C5 Corvette. Those matte titanium gray wheels were the largest ever fitted to a Corvette up to that point: 18x9.5 up front and 19x12 out back, wearing 275/35/18 and 325/30/19 Goodyear run-flat tires, respectively.
With a clean CarFax report, a complete set of manuals, and loaded with options, this is a screaming bargain. Your right foot won't know what year the accelerator pedal is, so why not take this 2008 Z06 home today?