The Homegrown Supercar: Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Imagine a Corvette racing through Death Valley at a buck 40. Do you picture it clamorous, shaky, running at its upper limit? Not in the Z06, Chevy's race-bred Vette variant. As you nudge the throttle, its heads-up display projects numbers that seem improbably high yet cause little worry. The self-assurance comes from a 6.2-liter V-8 engine supercharged to make 650 horsepower, married to a GM-developed magnetic-control suspension proven so unflappable that it's now used by Ferrari and Audi on rides that cost four times the Z06's price. Cars from Detroit aren't supposed to do what the Z06 can do: hit 60 mph in less than three seconds, then slow down to zero in the length of a basketball court, and offer relentless grip while ripping around corners. Even if you're not a pro driver, this Vette has digital aids — like an electronic limited-slip differential that splits torque between the rear wheels at 10th-of-a-second increments — working on your behalf. The tech helps the car stay planted without stripping away feedback. All in all, the result is an absurdly capable vehicle so comfortable it begs to be driven both on the track and coast to coast, quickly. Do it now, while gas is cheap.
From $79,000; 18 mpg combined