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Old 09-22-2018, 03:35 PM
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I currently have the car you see below in my signature. We go on a lot of trips and the Stingray is really comfortable for us. I'm addicted to horsepower and want to step up to a Z06. I drove my son's quite a bit, but never on a long ride. The Stingray we have won't be owned for 3 years by us until December 1st. We already have 77,000 miles of trips on it!
Will the Z06 be a good trip car? I also hammer the hell out of the Stingray quite often, so the Z06 should be just the thing for us. I should say "spirited driving". We have a lot of territory down here in AZ to really drive the car, if you know what I mean. The aero 2 package is the one that I would like to have.
I'm thinking the car should ride well, and comfortable in Tour mode. What do you guys think? (gas mileage is not an issue, as I know I will be getting about 25% less fuel economy) Thanks.

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Old 09-22-2018, 04:29 PM
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I don't think touring in a z06 will be a problem. Plus, you'll get there faster..



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I can't speak from experience as we have a GS, however my neighbor has a Z06 that he drives as his DD into Wash DC from Gettysburg 4 days a week, as well as takes trips often. He's gone through the original tires already and on his second set which is nearing end of life. But he puts a LOT of miles on his Z. We used to own a '16 Stingray so I can compare the ride of the GS to the Stingray. We have taken our GS on a couple of trips with great comfort.

As you pointed out, the fuel economy is less. Tires will be more consumed more often as the Cup 2 tires don't last as long as what comes on the Stingray. I just put a set of the newly released Michelin Pilot A/S 3+ tires on our GS two days ago. They also fit the Z06 as we have the same tire size. I anticipate they will last a bit longer than the Pilot Super Sport tires that came on the car. So, be aware tire wear will be less and road noise will be GREATER than that of the Stingray. In the 200 miles of driving in the past 2 days since install, I feel they are more quiet than the Pilot Super Sports and don't pick up as much pebbles, etc.

My vote is to GO for it !!!
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:11 PM
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I ve been going back and forth with a friend whos trying to decide between a Z06 or G.S. He seems to think the Z may be too much power. My response was it will only bite you in the *** if push beyond your ability and surroundings. Otherwise it will drive as nice and docile as a Buick. Go for the Z!
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:20 PM
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I look at it this way Joe. We certainly don't want to be sitting on the front porch at 85 looking back and saying "I wish......" Get that Z06 boy, and have a ball.
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:24 PM
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I went from a 2015 Stingray Convertible to a 2019 Z06 Convertible. In tour mode the ride in the Z is very good and comfortable no problem on longer drives. You will not be disappointed.
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Originally Posted by Strake View Post
I can't speak from experience as we have a GS, however my neighbor has a Z06 that he drives as his DD into Wash DC from Gettysburg 4 days a week, as well as takes trips often. He's gone through the original tires already and on his second set which is nearing end of life. But he puts a LOT of miles on his Z. We used to own a '16 Stingray so I can compare the ride of the GS to the Stingray. We have taken our GS on a couple of trips with great comfort.

As you pointed out, the fuel economy is less. Tires will be more consumed more often as the Cup 2 tires don't last as long as what comes on the Stingray. I just put a set of the newly released Michelin Pilot A/S 3+ tires on our GS two days ago. They also fit the Z06 as we have the same tire size. I anticipate they will last a bit longer than the Pilot Super Sport tires that came on the car. So, be aware tire wear will be less and road noise will be GREATER than that of the Stingray. In the 200 miles of driving in the past 2 days since install, I feel they are more quiet than the Pilot Super Sports and don't pick up as much pebbles, etc.

My vote is to GO for it !!!
Z's come standard with super sports not Cup 2s, and they last longer than the cup 2s so tire wear will be close to the same on a GS and Z06.
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:01 PM
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Who says we're going to be "...sitting on the front porch at 85..."?
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Old 09-22-2018, 11:36 PM
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I use my 2019 ZO6 as a daily driver. It brings me great joy. It is a totally different driving style then my 2015 C7 Z-51. The Z-51 would get an average of 24 MPG when I would cruise in 5th and 6th gear. The ZO6 gets 22 MPG when I cruise in 6th and 7th gear. A seldom used 7th in the Z-51. I always use it in the ZO6.

The tires are holding up well as long as you use smooth throttle inputs. The only thing that is hard to do is control the urge to play with the Hellcats and demons from light to light
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Old 09-23-2018, 12:19 AM
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Why stop at the Z06? Step up to Mr. King ZR1 and be done with it!!, otherwise cant comment on trips as I use my Z as a DD driving on average 5 miles a day, comfortable as F and I only drive on sport, have never tried any other mode yet. YOLO
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Who says we're going to be "...sitting on the front porch at 85..."?
Well, maybe after a day of spirited driving at the track in my C9.
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The Z06 is a great touring car!!







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Old 09-23-2018, 11:47 AM
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The Z06 is a great touring car!!






Beautiful! Same color I'm going with. Is that stage two aero?
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Old 09-23-2018, 12:32 PM
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Here is what I configured.

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Old 09-23-2018, 01:43 PM
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We have a '17 Z06/7 with competition seats. Spring rates are slightly stiffer than Z06. 9k, of which maybe 4k are not on the track. Quite comfortable on trips from SLC to LAS or BOI. I don't remember what the least spoiler is you can get, but get the smallest one if you are mostly touring, less drag, slightly better mpg. I put on non-run flat MPSS's and take repair/inflator supplies. They ride a little smoother. And if you get caught in a thunderstorm you can slow down and keep going. If you have Cup 2s, pull over and stop while the standing water gets off the road! (slicks at the track unless it rains then MPSS go on). Consider that if you keep the run flat tires and have a flat you may be more than 50 miles from a town where you could have it changed out. Heck, in SLC you can't even get a Cup 2 tire anywhere in town!! When it comes to horsepower, too much of a good thing is wonderful. Enjoy
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Old 09-23-2018, 03:34 PM
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Really no difference between GS and Z06 when touring. Ive had both. Difference comes into play when you want to have some fun and use that pedal on the right.
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Really no difference between GS and Z06 when touring. Ive had both. Difference comes into play when you want to have some fun and use that pedal on the right.
No significant MPG difference?
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No significant MPG difference?
I'm sure there is. 460 motor vs 650. I know when I drove my son's Z06 up to Vegas and back from Lake Havasu I got 23 mpg. But I really hammered the mother all the way up and back as far as getting on the throttle. Every chance I got. So that was pretty good. When I do the same with my Stingray I get 28 mpg. I'm figuring overall I'll get about 25% less with the Z06. OK with me. The Grand sport? I think that would be between the Stingray and the Z06. A little closer to the Stingray mpg. And probably only one or two mpg difference.
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I'm sure there is. 460 motor vs 650. I know when I drove my son's Z06 up to Vegas and back from Lake Havasu I got 23 mpg. But I really hammered the mother all the way up and back as far as getting on the throttle. Every chance I got. So that was pretty good. When I do the same with my Stingray I get 28 mpg. I'm figuring overall I'll get about 25% less with the Z06. OK with me. The Grand sport? I think that would be between the Stingray and the Z06. A little closer to the Stingray mpg. And probably only one or two mpg difference.
Yeah, that's what I was implying with my somewhat skeptical question, but there's no "are you effing serious" emoji for just such an occasion
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