Thanks to the new eight-speed transmission, a Corvette Z06 can now do zero to sixty miles per hour in 2.95 seconds and hit a quarter mile at 10.95 seconds, says Chevrolet.

“The Corvette has long been known as America’s sports car,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors’ executive vice president, Global Product Development. “With the capability of the new Z06 rivaling the best performance cars in the world, we will also be America’s Supercar.”

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The Z06 is, of course, the more track-focused, performance-bent version of the Corvette. I am currently test driving a 2015 Corvette Stingray with this same 8-speed and have hit a 5-second 0-60 (starting flat-footed) and a 10-odd second quarter mile. You can see that on AaronOnAutos.com.

I also agree with Reuss that the Corvette is a speed-demon that also handles very well. A far cry from the usual American muscle-car, which is normally a drag-focused machine rather than a sport track handler.

When it comes to braking performance, the Z06 can stop from 60 mph in only 99.6 feet. That’s the best braking performance of any production car GM has ever tested. Additionally, the Corvette Z06 achieves 1.2 g in lateral acceleration compared with the Corvette’s previous best 1.13 g.

The new Z06 is also the fastest production car ever tested at GM’s 2.9-mile Milford Road Course, beating the record set by the Corvette ZR1 by a full second.

All test results were achieved with Z06 coupes fitted with the Z07 Performance package, which adds Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The Z07 package also features the most aggressive aerodynamic package available on the Corvette Z06, which delivers the most downforce of any production car GM has ever tested.

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An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.

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