Z06 vs. Ford GT Supercar

Z06 vs. Ford GT Supercar

December 28, 2023 Off By Mike Vietro

 – © carwow

The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the track-honed Ford GT faced off in a gripping drag race, courtesy of CarWow, pitting raw power against meticulous engineering. While not their prime playground, this showdown was riveting, initially favoring the Ford with its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 generating 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. In contrast, the Corvette Z06 boasts a roaring 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8, churning out 670 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Despite the GT’s weight advantage of roughly 150 lbs, and a torque boost from twin turbos, the Z06 took the lead from the start. Yet, the GT’s torque kicked in, barely securing victory with both cars clocking a quarter-mile time of 11.2 seconds, a win measured in minuscule time differences.

The rolling half-mile race from 50 mph was less forgiving for the GT due to turbo lag and some driver-related hiccups. In gear and boosting, the GT demonstrated its prowess but only marginally outperformed the Z06.

In the financial realm, the Corvette Z06 stands out as a steal. While the Ford GT demanded $450,000 when new, its exclusivity through a limited 1,350-unit production run led to application process were Ford decided if you were important enough to own one, and hefty resale values, with the final GT Mk IV hitting $1.7 million. Contrastingly, the 2024 Z06 offers a performance punch at an MSRP of $111,795, though production challenges have nudged its market value.

The Corvette’s legacy as a performance bargain holds true, despite its production hurdles, standing as a relative steal compared to other million-dollar super cars in today’s market.

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