2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Spice Red Design Package

Pros: Spectacular performance; prices are reasonable compared to class competitors; nicely finished interior; impressive technology features

Cons: Limited rear visibility; limited interior storage space; low-set seats can make entry and exit tricky

CG Says: Chevrolet’s iconic 2-seat sports car comes in coupe and convertible form, in Stingray, Stingray Z51, and Z06 models. Stingrays are powered by a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 (which has 460 hp with the available dual-mode exhaust system). The super-performance Z06 model boasts a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 650 horsepower, an upgraded suspension, and lots of exclusive high-performance hardware. The whole Corvette lineup gets several incremental improvements and additions for 2016. The cabin gets a new flat-bottomed steering wheel and an updated MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay functionality. A front curb-view parking camera is newly available, and Corvettes without the Z51 performance gear are now available with the Magnetic Ride Control system. Both the coupe hatch and convertible trunk lids gain a power-cinching feature. Several new appearance options join the palette, such as new paint and interior-trim choices and new wheel designs. Also new are themed interior/exterior design packages and a limited-run C7.R Edition for Z06 models. Although there are a handful of cars that are quicker than the Corvette, most cost multiples as much. As such, the Corvette makes its mark as a performance bargain. But it’s really much more than that. It’s also a comfortable touring car with luxurious interior, decent cargo space, and all the latest infotainment gizmos.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Stingray coupe: $55,400
Stingray convertible: $59,400
Stingray Z51 coupe: $60,400
Stingray Z51 convertible: $64,400
Z06 coupe: $79,400
Z06 convertible: $83,400

Base Engine
6.2-liter V8
Horsepower
455 (460 w/ perf. exhaust)
Std. Transmission
7-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
16-17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
supercharged 6.2-liter V8
Horsepower
650
Std. Transmission
7-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
13-15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22-23

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