And listen to how good it sounds.

And how it was faster around the Top Gear test track than a Ferrari F430, a Lamborghini Murciélago and a Pagani Zonda.

All of that with natural aspiration and a manual six-speed. The Ferrari that Top Gear tested had the then-fast 60-millisecond paddle-shifted electrohydraulic manual transmission. It didn’t help.


The C6 Z06 and ZR1 came out during my favorite automotive era. It was a time when lots of cars still came with manual transmissions, horsepower was high and natural aspiration was the norm. You could scream up and down the revs with your right hand and your left foot all day and power delivery was linear.

Stupidly, in a fickle moment, I allowed my attention to deviate to the ZR1 for 638 reasons, all related to horsepower, and a supercharger. And now that both the C7 Z06 and ZR1 are supercharged, that somehow makes the whole idea a little less special. The naturally aspirated Z06 was just less fussy, simpler and, most importantly, not drowning in a lawsuit.


And also: Seven freaking liters. That’s cool no matter which way you look at it.

Unfortunately, C6 Z06s are still kind of expensive, according to this Autotrader search.


Ah, well.

Perhaps this is a car that will only exist for me as do all other naturally aspirated, boundary-pushing performance cars in our current state of affairs: in memory only.