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All Models 2006

 The 2006 C6’s new features and refinements enhanced a car that was already new-for-2005. The ‘06 Coupe and Convertible continued to use the 6.0-liter LS2 V-8 matched to a rear transaxle that helped improve vehicle weight balance. The six-speed manual was standard. A new six-speed paddle shift transmission with automatic modes was available. The front and rear short/long arm suspensions were the most competition-oriented in Corvette history.
 Dramatic fender forms and exposed headlamps combined with the grille to create a strong visual identity for the Corvette, while the tapered rear deck and fascia aided high-speed performance. Fixed Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights provided superior lighting.
 The ‘06 Convertible featured an optional power-operated soft top. An easy-to-operate manual top was standard. Both used a five-layer fabric that concealed the underlying structure for a good top-up appearance, while preserving the car’s excellent aerodynamics and reducing road noise.
 The interior—inspired by history—was similar to 2005. Its blend of high-quality materials, craftsmanship and functionality provided premium quality and enhanced performance driving. An MP3-capable AM/FM radio with CD player was standard. New technology enhanced conventional radio reception. An improved optional Bose audio system with an in-dash six-disc changer and XM Satellite Radio were options. The OnStar system was also available.
 Strong, lightweight body construction, new Goodyear Extended Mobility Tires (EMT) and a choice of three suspensions—the same as in 2005—made the ‘Vette an easy-to-drive machine with superior handling.
 A new high-performance Z06 model for 2006 delivered a superb combination of capability and technology and one of the best performance values on the market. With its muscular appearance, the ’new Z06 had “attitude.” “It combines the strong attributes of the new, sixth-generation Corvette with the spirit, technology and know-how from the race program to form an American supercar with outstanding credentials,” said Dave Hill.
 A new 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 promised 0-to-60 mph performance of less than four seconds, a quarter-mile elapsed time of less than 12 seconds and a top speed of more than 190 mph on a racetrack.
 The production Z06 had direct and indirect links to Corvette Racing, since it was developed in conjunction with a new C6-R competition coupe. Engineers developed it as a unique vehicle with power train, body structure and chassis features distinct from those of other Corvettes.
 The Z06 engine was a GM Gen IV 427-cid V-8 fitted with lightweight reciprocating components that redlined at 7,000 rpm. It featured such things as a dry-sump lubrication system and titanium rods and valves.
 The aluminum “fixed-roof” body used a one-piece hydro-formed perimeter rails frame, a magnesium front cradle and a magnesium roof panel. The Z06- front fascia incorporated a larger grille, a cold-air scoop and a lower air splitter. It had a “wide-body” rear fender treatment and unique rear spoiler. It was three inches wider than other Corvette models and weighed 3,130 pounds.
 A three-inch-diameter exhaust system with bi-mode mufflers and larger polished stainless steel tips added horsepower. Engine, transmission and differential oil coolers—plus a steering cooler—were included.
 Huge 14-inch cross-drilled front disc brakes with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch cross-drilled rear rotors with four-piston calipers stopped the car handily. It rode on special wheels and tires. A rear-mounted battery improved the car’s weight distribution. Its unique interior features included a revised gauge cluster and lightweight two-tone seats with more supportive bolsters.
 Two racing icons united when Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner, drove the 2006 Corvette Z06 pace car to lead the field to the start of the 90th running of the Indy 500 on May 28, 2006. For a record 17th time, a Chevy paced the race and a Corvette led the pack for the eighth time.
 Corvette racing achieved its goal for 2006. in a battle for the championship in a year the marked the Corvette’s 50th year of racing the bow-tie brand captured ALMS manufacturers, drivers and team championships. Corvette pilots Oliver Beretta and Oliver Gavin took top spot in the driver’s championship with 176 points. Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell placed fourth with 152 points. Rival Aston Martin took second and third.