ZO6 Spanks European Exotics and First Drive of the New GT 350 Mustang
Car and Driver magazine recently conducted their Lightning Lap comparison test at Virginia International Raceway. In the October 2015 issue they report the results of the test. Once again Corvette demonstrates why it is the performance bargain of the year or maybe the decade. The cars are divided into groups based on their retail price with the LL4 group made up of the $171,900 Mercedes-AMG GT S with 503 HP, the $162,010 Porsche 911 GT3 with 475 HP, the $274.120 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 with 602 HP and the $353,115 McLaren 650S Spider with 641 HP.
The ZO6 is in LL3 with a list price of $100,245 and 650 HP and it turned a best lap of 2:44.6 on the 4.1 mile Grand West course. For those of you who have been on this track, this is a seriously fast lap! It was over 6 seconds faster than the Mercedes, almost 5 seconds faster that the Porsche, 3 seconds faster than the Lambo and over a second faster than the more than three times more expensive McLaren.
Go to page 64 if you want to see the data acquisition graphs on how the ZO6 does it but suffice it to say that big tires, big horsepower and big downforce do the job. Corvette engineer Jim Mero was typically non-committal about the much rumored mid-engine car. If Chevrolet does built it, you can be sure that it will give the European car companies even bigger headaches.
Talking about headaches, in the November edition of Car and Driver they have the first drive of the new GT 350 Mustang. How about 526 HP out of a naturally aspirated flat-plane crank V-8 with an 8,000 rpm red line. Just to give you a comparison, we red line the race engine in our Nascar stock car at 8400 rpm! The GT 350 will accelerate from 0-60 in less than 4 seconds with a 12 second 1/4-mile time and a top speed north of 170 mph for a price of $63,000. I doubt you will be able to buy one for that with only 4,000 slated for production there will be some serious "dealer pack" on the price. I wonder if they will take my stock car in on trade?