Evolution of the Chevrolet Corvette

The Z06 was back too, even lighter than before, and now packing an engine that'd make ol' Zora grin with glee: a 505-hp 7.0L V8. Not only could this 427-powered Corvette rip up the tarmac in the quarter-mile, but it could also handle, even going so far as to have the C6.R racing version take wins at Le Mans.

The Astronauts all drove ’em. At a time when American ingenuity took a shot at the moon and American heroism said things like, “Let’s light this candle,” the Corvette was the ground-bound vehicle of choice for guys who had the right stuff.

Now, with the current Stingray a world-beater, it seems an obvious choice. But the Corvette had pretty pedestrian beginnings; you could even go so far as to call the first-generation car something of a disappointment.

With the Z06 now a 650-hp supercharged menace capable of beating up on a Ferrari or two, you have to admit that America’s sports car still has it. Here’s how it went from that first flame to a full-on rocketship.

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Brendan McAleer

Brendan McAleer

Brendan McAleer is a Vancouver-based automotive writer, a member of AJAC and a ginger.
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