Description: Coupe or Convertible Sports Car
Base MSRP Range: $43,690 - $64,890
Invoice Price Range: $39,103 - $58,077
Where built: USA
Chevy's svelte two-seat sports car works as a coupe and convertible or new Z06 fixed-roof hatchback -- the most powerful production model in Corvette's 53-year history. With a name tracing to the 1963 Sting Ray special showroom race car, Z06 for 2006 carries race-honed gear like carbon-fiber composite fenders and an awesome engine.
The 7.0-liter LS7 V8 whips up 505 hp through a six-speed manual Tremec T56 gearbox. Corvette Coupe and Convertible use the LS2 plant, a 6.0-liter aluminum V8 worth 400 hp. It ties to the Tremec six-speed manual or a new electronically controlled six-speed Paddle Shift automatic with three driving modes -- Drive, Sport and Paddle Shift.
Corvette the coupe has a removable roof panel, while the convertible's fabric lid operates manually or with optional power controls. Look for new body colors in the 2006 Corvette line like Velocity Yellow Tintcoat and Monterey Red Metallic Tintcoat.