This vehicle is displayed in our San Carlos California Showroom (650) 326-1000.
This 2004 Chevrolet Corvette is the powerful Z06 model featuring a 5.7L V8 with 405 HP, which is a nice increase from the base models 385 HP. Painted a brilliant red with a black leather interior and red alcantara accents this ZO6 screams "speed." The aftermarket Corsa exhaust sounds amazing and produces a throaty burble that really lets the engine breathe when used in combination with the Dynatech headers and K&N filter. This Corvette also features HRE wheels and a heads up display making it one of the best looking and most exhilarating cars to drive. One look in person at this low mileage Corvette and you will know it was well taken care of. The owner states he never even broke the tires loose on this car and we have checked the fender wells for rubber to confirm this.
From 2002 onward, the Z06 produced 405 HP thanks to minor engine modifications including a more aggressive camshaft profile, lightweight sodium filled exhaust valves, stiffer valve springs, and deletion of the precats. These modifications have allowed the Corvette to sprint from 0-60 in a claimed 3.9 seconds and do the 1/4 mile in a blistering 12.4 seconds.
Nurburgring-inspired chassis tuning
All 2004 Z06 Corvettes will benefit from the continual pursuit of performance enhancements that have characterized the C5 era. The enhancements for 2004 are subtle in terms of physical parts, but significant in terms of the car's performance and feel.
GM engineers have refined the Z06's shock damping characteristics to provide improved handling in the most challenging conditions, while maintaining good ride control for the demands of daily driving.
Continual analysis, development and refinement of the shock valves in particular resulted in more damping control and force, delivered more smoothly. This new tuning is aimed at diminishing the impact of yaw and roll on the car, particularly in quick, transient maneuvers such as "S-turns" or a series of tight corners.
"While the Z06 already had an excellent blend of extreme handling capability and surprising ride quality, we're never satisfied," Hill says. "The enhancements for 2004 provide a bit more poised and smooth response, connecting the car better to the driver's input, without the penalty of ride harshness."
These refinements are a result of extensive testing and development, including several high-speed test sessions at Germany's famed Nurburgring circuit. Corvette Z06 is one of only a precious few cars to have broken the 8-minute barrier for lap times at Nurburgring. Corvette testing at Nurburgring isn't just about raw speed, as the Z06 provides plenty of that. Engineers gathered important learning on tuning the chassis to enhance the poise, confidence and smoothness of response, attributes that are of great importance under the severe demands of a 14-mile course that has approximately 170 turns and virtually constant elevation changes.
"Nurburgring, at the extreme edge of the envelope, provides conditions that can't be easily duplicated anywhere else," says Hill. "But, even for the Z06, we spend considerable time ensuring we don't make adjustments that compromise the normal daily driving character of the car."
-National Corvette Museum 4/17/2003-