In light of the unveiling of the 2019 Corvette ZR1, I couldn’t stop thinking about American Muscle Cars and how far they’ve come over the years. And NO, this won’t be a history lesson or debate over what American Muscle Car is the best of all times. Nor will we be crowning the pound-for-pound, dollar-for-dollar king of Detroit. Although arguably, the winner is below. But, what we will do is sit back and appreciate the Vette that finally made me a believer in what “Corvette Nation” has been screaming about for years. Because, truth be told, prior to the 2016 Corvette Z06 C7 R I could care less what the chevy zealots had to say. The cars just never excited me… At all… But then it happened! I became a believer! Well, a semi-believer!
The C7 R is the limited production, track ready Vette that screams supercar from front bumper cover to rear spoiler. With only 500 being produced, each car comes equipt with Brembo carbon ceramic breaks, adjustable aero components for increased downforce, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires, a special sequential vin and luxurious 3LZ trim. The rest of the interior is wrapped in leather or swede and all C7 Rs come with navigation and Chevy’s Performance Data Recorder. Propelling this car to light-speed is the Z06’s LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 that’s kicking out 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque. By the way, while these numbers are insane, what’s even gaudier is the fact that the C7 R (according to Chevy Motor company) is doing 0-60 times at 2.95 seconds and burning up the quarter mile in just 10.95 seconds utilizing the eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s a BEAST! It’s a BEAST! It’s a BEAST. Right off the showroom floor!
In the past I’ve been a little critical (which means I dirty talked the cars for years) of Corvettes. Never the performance but, by definition it’s a mass production car. You see a lot of them and they all seem the same as owners do very little to distinguish their car from Bob’s Vette down the street. Who’s interested in paying 70k only to roll up to the restaurant on date night to see Bob, once again, with the same car as you? Your girlfriend might as well ride with Bob. However, when I saw this car at a local car cruise with over 400 Corvettes reppin Corvette Nation, the C7 R stood out. It’s just different. The little additions to the aero package, the body lines, the wheels, all on paper seem to be subtle but in reality, American Muscle lives on with this unique special edition Vette. Take my advise, keep your girlfriend safe. Bob won’t have this Vette…
Fun Facts: To put one of these in your garage it’s going to take some luck and about $106,000. Oh, and by the way, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7 .R vin number 001 sold at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas 2015 for $500k.