The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is still arriving at its first batch of customers, but already we’re seeing the fruits of GM’s monster performance efforts—as well as of the high-tech Performance Data Recorder system that comes with it (and is available in other Corvettes, too). This is one of those fruits. It’s tasty.
Run on what appears to be a rural back road and posted to Corvette Forum, this informal 1/4-mile run shows just how tough it can be to launch a (conservatively rated) 650 hp, 650 lb-ft super car on an unprepared surface. After that, the car (which sounds like it’s a manual transmission model) runs out the quarter mile quite easily, with a minimum of fuss.
Despite the poor launch, the driver manages to hustle the Z06 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds (a few ticks off the official factory-rated 3.2 seconds for a manual car), on to 100 mph in 7.60 seconds, and through the 1/4-mile in 11.50 seconds at 124 mph. Again, that's a touch slower than the rated 11.2 seconds (for manual transmission cars) at 127 mph, but it reflects a real-world measure of performance achieved by an actual owner.