Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06: Reader ride
Andrew Cappello's 2007 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06...
Andrew Cappello's 2007 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06
My Corvette was my 50th birthday present to myself and I’ve had it for four years now. I’ve always been interested in fast cars, they’ve all been V8s and I tend to keep them for quite a while. My first car was a ridgy-didge Torana SL/R 5000, which I upgraded with a 350 Chev, and I wish I still had it today. After that I bought a Rover 3500 Vanden Plas with the 3.5-litre V8 but I went backwards with that car; it wasn’t much of a speed machine. Next was a new VP Commodore SS then I bought the first Gen III HSV Clubsport to come to Mackay, where I live. I sold that about three years ago to buy the wife a new car. Then I bought the ’Vette.
I tested a Lamborghini Gallardo before I bought it but it was just too harsh on the road; it rattled your fillings. The Corvette does 0-100km/h in 3.5sec so it’s just as quick and you’d have to spend a lot of money to get a car as quick as it. With a 7.0-litre engine with titanium internals in a 1400kg chassis and a carbon-fibre spaceframe, it’s quicker than a Ferrari F430 or Porsche 911 and it’s good value for money.
I imported the car from North Dakota in the U.S. and it was converted by Performax in Gympie; their conversions and mirror-image components seemed to be the best. I did the Lambo-style scissor-door conversion last year because the doors are 1.4m wide and it can be difficult to get out of the car when it’s parked. It was easy to do; you just buy the hinges from the U.S. The doors are electric and you can open them normally or vertically. I also fitted the ZR1 carbon-fibre front and rear splitters, skirts, and wing kit, which actually does create downforce at high speed.
At the moment the engine is stock but I’m considering buying an Edelbrock supercharger which is specially designed for the LS7. It bolts straight on without having to modify the bonnet. It costs about $12,000 but adds another 150hp to the standard 505hp. At the moment it can break traction at 120km/h in second gear if you’re not careful, but then again you can never have enough grunt.
Trouble is, the ’Vette’s got 345 run-flat rear tyres so I don’t tend to do skids any more: those tyres are pretty expensive!
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