As the last of the front-engined V8 Corvettes, the C7 holds a special place in American automotive history, and this 2017 Z06 example is one of the most desirable iterations.
Boldly wearing a gleaming coat of Velocity Yellow paint with menacing black wheels and carbon fibre trim, there is nothing subtle about this Corvette…which is exactly as it should be.
The sharp angles and aggressive styling are only matched by the ferocious power figures which are proudly on display on an engraved plaque on the dashboard, should you ever forget – 650bhp and 650 lbs ft of torque – but you won’t.
The 6.2 supercharged V8 roars into life and always feels poised and ready to attack when the right stretch of road comes along with exhilarating throttle response, an awesome soundtrack and just the right amount of ‘wiggle’ from the rear end struggling for traction.
Then, there’s the gearbox which, in a very un-American move, is a manual. What is very American, however, is that there are 7 gears! Because bigger = better.
This Corvette is far from a straight-line car, too, and feels incredibly stable and pointy when pushed on, and stops phenomenally well, too, thanks to the upgraded carbon brakes included in the optional Performance Pack. The upgraded Competition seats keep you firmly locked in position and the overall feeling of the cabin is of comfort and quality, despite the racy aesthetic.
Amongst the carbon fibre trim you’ll find heated and cooled seats, a large central infotainment screen, Bose sound system, digital dashboard display and lots of other welcome surprises.
The car has been meticulously maintained over its 15k miles and presents extremely well.
An all-American hero that ticks a lot of boxes and a truly rare sight on Irish roads.
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