Yeah…this is what some of us miss and dream about. Real cars with real motors and real kick-ass horsepower. Sorry about the euro-wienies and their ‘eco-friendly’ cars. This is about kick-ass Detroit (actually Bowling Green, Kentucky) steel.
“…500 horsepower is developed at 6200 rpm, and peak torque is 475 pound-feet at 4800 rpm.” Can ya say sweet spot!?
2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Simply the fastest-ever production Vette.
BY CSABA CSERE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY AARON KILEY
The number is magic, recalling the era when Detroit dominated the world with its big, powerful, swaggering V-8s. The Chevrolet 427 V-8 first appeared as an experimental engine that powered Junior Johnson to a then-amazing 166-mph lap at Daytona in 1963. It went into production soon afterward, known variously as the Mark IV, the Chevy big-block, or simply the rat motor.
Now the 427 is back, powering the fire-breathing 2006 Z06 Corvette. Okay, so the engine actually displaces 427.6 cubic inches (7008cc), about one more cubic inch than the original. That’s because this new 427 is not a reincarnation of the old rat motor. Instead, it’s yet another variant of the versatile mouse motor, the small-block Chevy V-8 that is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Even so, it’s rated at 500 horsepower-more than any of the bygone 427s and 454s-and these are SAE net horses, not the bogus gross ponies from the '60s.
This V-8, dubbed the LS7, is based on the latest incarnation of the small-block architecture, which GM calls Gen IV. However, virtually every component has been reengineered to achieve the greater displacement and higher output.
Compared with the LS2-the base C6 engine-the LS7 has a new block with a bore of 4.13 inches and a stroke of 4.00 inches (versus 4.00-by-3.62 inches). To accommodate the larger holes with the standard 4.4-inch bore spacing, Chevy engineers switched from the LS2’s cast-in-iron liners to thinner pressed-in liners.(more on the 2006 Corvette at link)
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[quote]CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06
Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe
Estimated base price: $62,500
Engine type: pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement: 428 cu in, 7008cc
Power (SAE net): 500 bhp @ 6200 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 475 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Wheelbase: 105.7 in
Length/width/height: 174.6/75.6/49.1 in
Curb weight: 3150 lb
Manufacturer’s performance ratings:
Zero to 60 mph: 3.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 7.7 sec
Standing 1/4-mile: 11.7 sec @ 127 mph
Projected fuel economy (C/D est):
EPA city driving: 16 mpg
EPA highway driving: 22 mpg[/quote]
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