Mustang GT350R Bests Corvette C7 Z06 in R&T’s Performance Car of the Year

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Corvette Z06 Road and Track Performance Car

The new C7 Corvette Z06 is a beast of a car, when it works. The legit supercar, with its 650 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque derived from the 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 motor, is one of the fastest American production cars, and one of the fastest track cars, on the planet. However, in Road & Track’s Performance Car of the Year voting, the Corvette didn’t fare as well as some other American performance cars that have come out this year. Chief among them, the winner of the event, the new Shelby Mustang GT350R.

While a stunning performance car, the GT350R lacks the outright lunacy that the Z06 has inherent in every piece of its design and engineering. Where the Z06 falters, however, is in reliability and refinement. The LT4 motor has been a consistent headache for GM ever since it was launched in this car.

Road & Track didn’t say they encountered any of those problems, but the fact that so many other journalists and owners have most likely played into the decision to forgo the Z06 as the winner. Or at least that’s what I think.

What do you all think about the Z06 once again not getting top billing in performance car stardom? Do you think the bad publicity played a part?

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Via [Road & Track]

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