The United States does a lot of things well. What our country doesn’t often do well is make a true sports car. In fact there are only two major production models that really fit the category, the Chevrolet Corvette and the Dodge Viper.
It is then a no brainier that the two performance machines are our nominees for American Sports Car of the Year. But which of the two will take the award?
This year is quickly coming to an end and it is now time for our annual Sports Car Guy’s Awards. This is the fourth year that we have selected the best cars in various categories all leading up to the Performance Car of the Year.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be naming the winners of the following categories. You’ll also see all of the nominees in each category. Last year the Porsche 911 GT3 took the top honor, but will the track focused GT3 RS be able to follow that act or will another performance machine be named Performance car of the year?
If you own a newer Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro or some other V8 powered GM models equipped with a manual transmission then you have probably noticed that annoying skip shift “feature” (the official name is Computer Aided Gear Selection a.k.a. CAGS). For those unfamiliar with the feature, it causes the car to force you to shift from first gear all the way to fourth gear by locking you out of second and third gear. By having drivers skip gears when the engine isn’t pushed, it helps the vehicle get better fuel economy ratings by the EPA.
But, hey you bought a car with a big V8 and you want to go through all the gears like God intended. So, just how do you deactivate the skip shift “feature”? Well, for as little as $7 you can do a hack that will make an environmentalist near you cringe.
When most of us think of the Corvette Z06 we would be pretty happy with the 650 horsepower that it left with from the factory. But the folks at Callaway Cars think it should have a bit more power. Just how much more? Try 757 horsepower and 777 lb.-ft. of torque.
That is enough to help the already very fast American sports car rocket from 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. On the drag strip it can run the quarter mile in a scant 10.5 seconds hitting 131 mph.
The 2015 Corvette Z06 is quite a car. It is fast, has styling that turns heads and the build quality of the C7 Corvettes is an improvement over the C6 generation.
The supercharged American sports car may be wearing a Z06 badge, but it betters the last generation’s legendary ZR1. So, if GM makes a C7 ZR1, it will have to be just an insanely fast beast of a machine.
Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to see more details about the C7 Z06.