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In a testing session shared with a nearly half-million-dollar McLaren 765LT Spider, the Corvette Z06 set our all-time figure-eight lap record—scooting the 500 feet between two 200-foot skidpad circles quicker than any vehicle we've tested—only to see its fresh record broken by a fraction of a second by that same McLaren. At 2.8 seconds to 60 mph, the Corvette Z06 was quickest in this year's PVOTY field, while its 1.16 g lateral grip and 95-foot stop from 60 mph were second-best. The Chevy is no underdog—it's in benchmark territory for ultimate production car performance. That is but one big reason it is our 2023 Performance Vehicle of the Year.

Last year, the Porsche 911 GT3 took home our Performance Vehicle of the Year award after putting on a master class in that sort of gotta-have-it magic. How fitting that the Corvette, the 911's longtime nemesis, should break through and take over the award by leveraging the same strength.







 

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Glowing review!

In a testing session shared with a nearly half-million-dollar McLaren 765LT Spider, the Corvette Z06 set our all-time figure-eight lap record—scooting the 500 feet between two 200-foot skidpad circles quicker than any vehicle we've tested—only to see its fresh record broken by a fraction of a second by that same McLaren.

Does all of this unqualified praise have you feeling unglued like a delaminated sliver of Chevy's finest fiberglass? Need "buts" or a "it's good—for the price" to feel like the natural order of things remains intact? We have none to offer. The Z06 tosses aside the value crutch leaned on by its predecessors. Sure, it is objectively less expensive than, say, a space shuttle—or the McLaren 765LT or Lamborghini Huracán, blue-chip, 600-hp-plus mid-engine supercars that also competed for this same Performance Vehicle of the Year nod. That isn't why it won.

But because this is an Of The Year category, here are some numbers. The Z06 coupe starts at $110,290 including its guzzler penalty. (The drop top is $7,500 more.) Pile on every performance option, which you can shovel onto even the entry-level 1LZ trim level—including the Z07 package (which includes Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors) and required carbon-fiber aero package (add $1,000 for bare finish), plus the carbon-fiber wheels (again, add $2,000 for unpainted) and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R tires, and the cheapest max-performance Z06 runs $138,175 all-in. A base 911 GT3? $172,450, which is almost 10 grand more than the fairly loaded Z06 3LZ we tested. The McLaren 765LT, which this Corvette effectively matches in certain performance parameters despite weighing more and making 85 fewer hp? Try $389,700 before options, which took our PVOTY contender to $490,810. You get the idea.
 

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Huh? Wutt? I was expecting the Soul LX to win again this year. Drat drat double drat!
 
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I‘m amazed that GM wins an award by turning the Corvette into an exotic and the result barely raises a murmur…
Exotic car performance and looks without the exotic car price. That's what makes the C8 lineup - Stingray, Z06, and E-Ray - such a "shining star" as big swede mentioned in post #3.
 
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