The newcomer puts its naturally aspirated V8 to good use against the Europeans.
The all-new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe and Convertible are easily two of the most in-demand and highly anticipated performance cars around. Since its market release, fans of the badge have been experiencing a hard time getting their hands on the limited 'Vette because only a couple of hundred will be produced.
Based on Emelia Hartford's latest video, we can see that this demand is justified as it proves its worth against more established and expensive European models including the Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD and slightly older Ferrari 458 Italia.
This should come as no surprise considering that the Z06 features the world's most powerful naturally aspirated engine in the form of GM's revolutionary flat-plane crank DOHC LT6 5.5-liter V8 pushing a solid 670 horsepower.
Chevy says the car will sprint from 0-60 mph in a mere 2.6 seconds but Hartford herself put this car to the test with the Z07 package equipped and got figures as low as 2.2 seconds.
We're not too sure what the power output on Hartford's 458 is considering it is equipped with nitrous oxide, but we're told it is 570 hp. We know the Huracan Evo's naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 makes 602 hp but features a lower mass. Hartford incorrectly states that the Huracan takes the lead on paper as Lamborghini claims its compact supercar can hit 62 mph from a standing start in 3.3 seconds. The Z06 reaches 62 mph in just 2.7 seconds.
As predicted by Hartford, the Z06 crushes her modified 458 which struggles with traction just a little bit as it leaves the line. The Corvette rockets off the line without much loss of traction. The younger performance car proves its worth yet again from a rolling start.
Next to the Huracan, the Z06 takes the win against the Italian supercar despite botching the launch.
Again, it's no surprise that the Z06 smashes its more prestigious foes. Both the Huracan and Italia feature naturally aspirated engines that are much older by design. A real test of strength would be to see how well it fares against the likes of the Ferrari F8 Tributo which uses a downsized twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8. We'd think there would still be a strong fight from the Z06 as the F8 'only' boasts a claimed 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds despite offering 711 hp.
There is no denying that the Z06 is a force to be reckoned with right now and in the mid-engined performance car realm, it is the one to beat. It just brings us to wonder how impressive and terrifying the rumored upcoming twin-turbo LT7 ZR1 will be when it is expected to arrive in 2025 as possibly the last ICE-powered Corvette.