Corvette C6 ZR1 is an Underrated Mountain Road Warrior

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Comparing a C6 ZR1 Corvette to a Porsche GT3 might seem like apples to oranges, but sometimes you need a little variety.

Getting someone to understand what the Corvette is all about isn’t always the easiest task. It’s even harder when you’re trying to be a guiding light for someone whose a fan of Porsches. It takes far more than banter, and that’s why Porsche enthusiast Matt Moreman asked his friend Ras Nielsen to get some seat time in his C6 Corvette ZR1 to see what it is all about.

As part of Moreman’s Obsessed Garage “Mountain Drive” series, this C6 ZR1 was a true eye opener, and not because of the power, but something else all together.

Moreman is taken back by something that’s a typical Corvette feature; “leaf springs?!?” Nielsen fills in with the important information, though, saying, “the C7 has it as well. Even the new C7 ZR1 has leaf springs.” But after years of refinement on that kind of system, it obviously works.

C6 ZR1 mountain drive

Obviously a great road to put this to use would be through Deals Gap in North Carolina. Noting one feature of the Corvette’s motor is the great low-end grunt. Moreman states “I don’t even have to really take it out of third. Mostly for the low-end power and also for how much speed you can get from third gear.”

 

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Being that this C6 ZR1 belongs to Nielsen, Moreman wasn’t pushing it to the limit, but still wanted some pointers in how to get the best out of the ZR1. Since Nielsen is an avid track day entrant with the ZR1, he was able to provide pointers about smoothness, but added one important note, saying “it’s going to drive a lot different from your Porsche.”

In all we think that Moreman was starting to warm up to the depth of character that the ZR1 really offers. And compared to a GT3, it offers a lot more car for the money, too.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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