Would You Consider Trading Your Z06 for a Shelby GT350 Mustang?

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Shelby Mustang GT350

Corvette Forum member seeks to trade their 2017 Shelby GT350 for a ‘2016-and-younger’ Z06. Would you do it?

Some trades are easy to make: you go to your Corvette dealer, trade in your old ‘Vette, gain a better ‘Vette. Some are harder, like trading a pristine C1 for an ultra-rare COPO C3.

And then, there’s this trade proposal we found within Corvette Forum the other day: a 2017 Shelby GT350 for a 2016-and-younger Z06. It seems like an aspirational reach at first glance, but maybe there is more there than meets the eye.

C7 Z06 Corvette

Proposed by forum member p.bateman, the trade would exchange his low-mileage GT350 for a Z06 that is a 2LZ coupe with a seven-speed manual at minimum. His Shelby has a six-speed manual, two-piece vented brake rotors, and a 5.2-liter V8, that screams well past 8,000 RPM and produces 526 horsepower. It’s not your typical Mustang GT rental car, that’s for sure.

Meanwhile, the Z06 comes with the 6.2-liter supercharged V8, some fine leather seats of its own, and the ability to pop the roof off when needed. It also comes with a 124 horsepower advantage over the Shelby, and, arguably, a faster track day experience, from behind the wheel.

Corvette Z06 C7

Both vehicles are respected high-performance icons, so it comes down to whether or not you want to leave the Z06 behind for a pony car whose rear seats may as well be deleted. Of course, the trade would bring in a new ‘Vette fan into the fold, and you could trade in the GT350 for a new Z06 on the lot. It’s a real roll of the dice, for sure. Would you do it if you were in such a position?

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth about Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive expert is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected]

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