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Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - 2006

Model 12 months 2006 will usually be called the 12 months the 505-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette Z06 changed into let out at the sports activities vehicle world. With its 505-horsepower (377 kw) LS7 7.0L engine, racing-bred suspension, hydroformed aluminum body and particular bodywork, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the fastest, maximum technologically superior manufacturing version in Corvettes 53-12 months history.

The 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 incorporates an remarkable stage of functionality and era, making it one of the satisfactory overall performance values at the market. And with an unmistakably muscular appearance, the 06 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has a visible mindset that usually appears equipped to illustrate Corvettes prevailing mindset to any challenger across the globe."The new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the dividend from competing so effectively in persistence racing," stated Dave Hill, Corvettes leader engineer. "It combines the sturdy attributes of the brand new, sixth-technology Corvette with the spirit, era and expertise from the race application to shape an American supercar with amazing credentials."

The Chevrolet Corvette Z06s new LS7 7.0L engines provides 505 horsepower (377 kw) in an about three,one hundred thirty-pound (1,420 kg) bundle - a mixture that provides zero-60 overall performance of three.7 seconds in first gear, quarter-mile instances of 11.7 seconds at one hundred twenty five mph and a pinnacle velocity of 198 mph (as recorded on Germanys Autobahn). It additionally gives most lateral acceleration of 1.04 g and 60-zero braking in 111.three toes; it additionally circuited Germany s famed N ├╝ rburgring in a time of 7:43 . Along with amazing overall performance, Chevrolet Corvette Z06 additionally returns sudden gasoline economic system of 26 mpg at the highway.

Links among racing and the manufacturing Chevrolet Corvette Z06 are each direct and indirect, because the automobile changed into advanced at the side of the C6-R. The era switch consists of the software of instructions that might best were found out after limitless laps of persistence racing - the whole lot from suspension geometry to aerodynamics. What engineers advanced withinside the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a very particular automobile that has powertrain, frame shape and chassis machine functions which can be wonderful from different Corvette fashions. In fact, the Z06 has a one of a kind frame shape as compared to Chevrolet Corvette Coupe and Convertible.

Previous Chevrolet Corvette Z06 fashions, from the authentic 1963 version to the 2001-04 editions, included suspension and/or engine enhancements that complemented present Corvette structures. None changed into as comprehensively revised because the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is as compared to preceding Z06 fashions. The specifics consist of:LS7 7.zero-liter/427-cubic-inch Gen IV V-eight with light-weight reciprocating additives

  • 505 horsepower (377 kw) @6300 rpm
  • 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm) @ 4800 rpm
  • 7000 rpm redline
  • Titanium connecting rods and consumption valves
  • Dry-sump engine lubrication machine
  • Aluminum shape with one-piece hydroformed perimeter rails body, magnesium the front cradle and magnesium roof panel
  • Fixed roof layout optimizes frame stress and aerodynamics
  • Carbon-fiber composite the front fenders, the front wheelhouses and ground panels
  • Unique the front fascia incorporating a bigger grille, bloodless-air scoop and decrease air splitter
  • Wide-frame rear fenders and a completely unique rear spoiler included with the CHMSL
  • Huge 14-inch (355-mm) cross-drilled the front disc brakes with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch (340-mm) cross-drilled rear rotors with 4-piston calipers
  • 18 x 9.5-inch the front wheels with 275/35ZR18 tires and 19 x 12-inch rear wheels with 325/30ZR19 tires
  • Three-inch-diameter exhaust with bi-mode mufflers and large polished stainless-steel tips
  • Engine, transmission and differential oil coolers; and steerage cooler
  • Rear-installed battery to enhance weight distribution
  • Unique indoors functions such as revised gauge cluster, light-weight two-tone seats with greater supportive bolsters
  • Curb weight of three,one hundred thirty pounds / 1,420 kg (estimated)
  • Three inches (76.2 mm) wider than different Chevrolet Corvette fashions


The all-new LS7 withinside the 06 Z06 reintroduces the 427-cubic-inch engine to the Corvette lineup. Unlike the preceding 427 engine, which changed into a big-block layout, the brand new 7.zero-liter LS7 is a small-block V-eight - the biggest-displacement small-block ever produced through Chevrolet and GM, and a tribute to its 50 years as a overall performance icon.

With 505 horsepower (377 kw) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm), it is also the maximum effective passenger vehicle engine ever produced through Chevrolet and GM. The LS7 is without difficulty recognized beneathneath the hood through purple engine covers with black lettering. The LS7 stocks the identical fundamental Gen IV V-eight structure because the Corvettes 6.zero-liter LS2, however it makes use of a one of a kind cylinder block casting with pressed-in metal cylinder liners to house the engines extensive, 104.eight-mm-extensive cylinder bores. Compared with the LS2, the LS7 additionally has a one of a kind the front cowl, oil pan, exhaust manifolds and cylinder heads - amongst many different additives.

Internally, the LS7s reciprocating additives employ racing-derived light-weight era, such as titanium connecting rods and consumption valves, to assist raise horsepower and rpm functionality. The rpm gasoline shut-off restriction is 7000 rpm. The LS7s information consist of:

  • Dry-sump oiling machine
  • Unique cylinder block casting with big, 104.eight-mm bores and pressed-in cylinder liners
  • Forged metal foremost bearing caps
  • Forged metal crankshaft
  • Titanium connecting rods with 101.6-mm stroke
  • Cast aluminum flat-pinnacle pistons
  • 11.zero:1 compression
  • High-elevate camshaft
  • Racing-derived CNC-ported aluminum cylinder heads with titanium consumption valves and sodium-crammed exhaust valves
  • Low-restrict air consumption machine
  • Hydroformed exhaust headers with particular "quad flow" collector flanges.

One of the clearest examples of the LS7s race-bred era is its use of titanium connecting rods. They weigh simply 464 grams apiece, nearly 30 percentage much less than the rods withinside the LS2 V-eight. Besides light-weight, which complements excessive-rpm overall performance and rpm range, titanium makes the rods extraordinarily durable.

The LS7s CNC-ported aluminum cylinder heads are all-new and designed to satisfy the excessive airflow needs of the engines 7.zero-liter displacement, because it ingests about a hundred cubic toes greater air according to minute than the Corvettes 6.zero-liter LS2 V-eight - an 18-percentage growth in airflow. Consequently, a hydraulic curler camshaft with .591/.591-inch valve elevate is used to permit masses of air to flow into inside and outside of the engine.

To make sure optimal, uninterrupted airflow, the LS7s heads have straight, tunnel-like consumption runners. Very big through manufacturing-automobile standards - even racing standards - they're designed to hold speedy airflow velocity, offering notable torque at low rpm and exhilarating horsepower at excessive rpm. The heads function 70-cc combustion chambers which can be fed through huge, 56-mm-diameter titanium consumption valves. The light-weight titanium valves weigh 21grams much less than the stainless-steel valves used withinside the LS2, regardless of the valve head having 22 percentage greater area. They are complemented through 41-mm sodium-crammed exhaust valves, vs. 39.4-mm valves withinside the LS2. To accommodate the big valve face diameters, the heads valve seats are siamesed; and, taken from revel in with the engines of C5-R racecars, the LS7s valve angles are held at 12 stages - vs. 15 stages for the LS2 - to decorate airflow thru the ports.

The LS7 has a dry-sump oiling machine designed to preserve the engine completely lubricated all through the excessive cornering masses the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is able to producing. An engine compartment-installed eight-quart reservoir provides oil at a steady strain to a conventional-fashion oil pump pick-up at the lowest of the engine. The pressurized oil feed maintains the oil pick-up usually immersed in oil at cornering masses exceeding 1 g.

Oil circulates thru the engine and right all the way down to the oil pan, wherein it's miles despatched returned to the reservoir through a scavenge pump. The big-ability reservoir, blended with a excessive performance air-to-oil cooler, gives vital engine oil cooling beneathneath the needs of the engines strength output. With the dry-sump machine, oil is introduced to the engine through the reservoir tank - which incorporates the oil stage dipstick.

The LS7s dry-sump machine changed into advanced and examined on racetracks withinside the United States and Europe , such as Germany s famed N├╝rburgring. And whilst not unusualplace in racing cars, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is one in all only a handful of manufacturing vehicles - and the best manufacturing Corvette - ever to include this type of excessive-overall performance oiling machine.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 drivetrain and chassis.The Chevrolet Corvette Z06s powertrain and drivetrain structures are matched to the LS7s overall performance functionality. The mild, 4-into-one headers discharge in to new, close-coupled catalytic converters and thru to new "bi-modal" mufflers. The mufflers every function a vacuum-actuated outlet valve, which controls exhaust noise all through low-load operation however opens for optimum strength.

At the rear of the LS7 engine, a single-mass flywheel and light-weight, excessive-ability snatch channel torque to the rear transaxle. The six-velocity guide transmission has been reinforced to address the LS7s elevated torque load. The transmission consists of a pump that sends transmission fluid to the the front radiator for cooling. Upon its return, the fluid gets rid of extra warmth from the differential lube earlier than returning to the transmission. The six-velocity transmission connects to a limited-slip differential, with enlarged ring and pinion gears. Stronger axle half-shafts with harder prevalent joints transmit strength to the rear wheels.

The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has a completely unique aluminum frame shape for max stiffness and mild weight for the constant-roof bodystyle. Perimeter rails are one-piece hydroformed aluminum individuals providing forged suspension nodes, which update many welded metal additives on different Corvette fashions. Other castings, stampings and extrusions are blended into the modern shape with brand new production technologies.

Advanced structural composites providing carbon fiber are bonded to the aluminum shape. The wider the front wheelhouses, for example, are carbon composites and the passenger compartment flooring integrate carbon-fiber skins with an ultra-light-weight balsa wooden core.

The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has a brand new magnesium cradle that serves because the attachment factor for the engine and a few the front suspension additives. Magnesium is lighter than aluminum but tremendously sturdy. The magnesium cradle facilitates enhance the the front-to-rear weight distribution, as do carbon-fiber the front fenders and wheelhouses. Engineers additionally moved the battery from underhood to a function withinside the rear shipment area, in the back of one of the rear wheels.

The mass discounts are offset through a few introduced overall performance enablers, such as dry-sump lubrication, exhaust machine with outlet valves, large wheels and tires, large brakes and large roll stabilizers.The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 keeps the 105.7-inch (2686-mm) wheelbase of different Corvette fashions, in addition to the short-lengthy arm suspension and transverse leaf spring layout, however it rides on all-new wheels, tires, brakes, in addition to its personal rear spring and roll stabilizer.

The less assailable suspension works harmoniously with big 18 x 9.5-inch forged-spun aluminum wheels and 275/35ZR18 tires withinside the the front, and 19 x 12-inch forged-spun aluminum wheels with 325/30ZR19 tires withinside the rear - the biggest wheel-and-tire mixture ever supplied on a Corvette. The tires use the modern extended-mobility era from Goodyear to offer a quality ride, however nevertheless permit the automobile to obtain lateral acceleration of greater than 1 g. The extended-mobility tires remove the need - and weight - for a spare tire and jack or inflator kit, whilst additionally lowering the threat of a surprising lack of dealing with functionality.

Complementing the suspension machine and big rolling inventory is an similarly succesful 4-wheel disc brake machine, such as 14-inch (355-mm) vented and cross-drilled the front rotors and 13.4-inch (340-mm) vented and cross-drilled rear rotors. For comparison, Corvette Coupe and Convertible fashions have 12.eight-inch (325-mm) the front and 12-inch (305-mm) rear rotors, whilst the 06 Corvette with the Z51 recreation bundle has 13.4-inch (340-mm) and 13-inch (330-mm) rotors.

The the front rotors are acted upon through huge, purple-painted six-piston calipers that use six character brake pads. Individual brake pads are used due to the fact they supply greater equalized put on as compared to what might in any other case be a couple of very lengthy single-piece pads. For the rear brakes, 4-piston calipers with 4 character brake pads are used. A Delphi 4-channel ABS machine is preferred, as is a completely able lively dealing with machine - whole with a Competitive Driving mode.

The big brakes convey an notable stage of preventing functionality with the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and with their 4-wheel brake cooling, they offer notable fade resistance and lining existence all through tune duties.

Design information

The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has an unmistakable and competitive appearance, with layout cues that consist of:

  • A extensive the front fascia with a big, forward-dealing with grille establishing, a splitter alongside the lowest and wheel establishing extensions alongside the perimeters to offer aerodynamic downforce
  • A bloodless air scoop in the front of the hood that integrates an air inlet machine for the engine
  • The trailing fringe of the the front wheel establishing is radiused to obtain advanced drag, however protects the frame end with a difficult molding, and a big air extractor is placed in the back of the wheel
  • A constant-roof bodystyle optimizes frame stress and mass
  • Wider rear fenders with flares cowl the huge rear tires and a brake cooling scoop in the front of the wheels visually balances the fender extractor
  • A tall rear spoiler homes the CHMSL at the pinnacle of the rear fascia
  • 10-spoke wheels (18-inch, the front; 19-inch, rear)
  • Four large stainless-steel exhaust outlets
  • New-layout Chevrolet Corvette Z06 badging at the carbon fiber the front fenders

The aerodynamics of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06s outside have been formed through the reports of the Corvette racing application, wherein excessive-velocity balance and cornering functionality are paramount. And whilst the racecars use big rear wings, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06s improved spoiler gives enough downforce to stability the road-worth the front splitter with out adversely affecting aerodynamic drag. The Chevrolet Corvette Z06s Cd is zero.31.

For all its race-stimulated functionality, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is designed to be a each day driveable excessive-overall performance automobile. To that end, consolation and comfort are held to a completely excessive preferred. High-Intensity Discharge llighting, fog lamps, leather-based seating, dual-region air conditioning, cabin air filtration and head-up display (HUD) with tune mode and g-meter are preferred.The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 additionally has a revised gauge cluster that shows the Z06 brand at the 7000-redline tachometer and has a brand new readout at the oil strain gauge to mirror the better preferred strain of the dry-sump oiling machine. And, like different 2006 Corvettes, the Z06 has a brand new, smaller-diameter 370-mm three-spoke steerage wheel that offers a greater agile, overall performance-orientated feel. The seats function two-tone leather-based surfaces, with Z06-brand embroidery and contrasting stitching.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 alternatives consist of a Bose audio machine with an in-sprint six-CD changer, polished wheels, a telescoping steerage wheel, heated seats, facet air bags, a navigation machine with GPS, prevalent domestic far flung and XM Satellite Radio.But for all its consolation, engineers did sacrifice some additives withinside the quest for decrease weight and better overall performance. Seat facet bolsters are constant and greater supportive to higher preserve the motive force whilst cornering and that they weigh much less. The passenger seat functions guide controls, saving the load of a strength-modify motor, and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06s acoustic bundle is revised to lessen weight and permit greater aural remarks of the powertrain.