Corvette Z06: Lightweight Speed

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The Corvette Z06 arrived in 2006 and has a new and larger version of the standard small block V8, but now with 7.0 liters making 505 horsepower. Available only as a coupe, the Z06 is all about cutting weight in the name of performance. Chevrolet replaced the steel frame with an aluminum one, which saves 136 lbs. To further cut weight, it also has carbon fiber and balsa wood floor boards and a magnesium alloy engine cradle and roof structure.

New for 2011 is the carbon edition which contains several parts from the ZR1 such as carbon ceramic brakes, a more active suspension, and various other carbon fiber aerodynamic bits. A total of only 500 will be made. With all of the weight saving pieces, its total weight is just 3,180 lbs. It's been recording going from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of almost 200 mph and carries a $75,000 base price.

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