The 200mph supercar is the pinnacle of several manufacturing advances that have been made by General Motors, including 25-degree cross-drilled alloy tires, nine-speed ZF automatic transmission and 8-inch touch screens
At the opening of a new assembly plant in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, General Motors unveiled an extended top speed of 240 miles per hour for the Corvette Z06.
“This is the pinnacle of the 250-mile per hour Corvette,” Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting at LMC Automotive, said at the car’s media unveiling on Wednesday. “There’s not another performance car for sale that goes that high.”
On Tuesday, Schuster released an annual report, which estimated that, of 33,000 new cars sold this year, 1,530 of them will have a top speed of 240 miles per hour or more. The figure is believed to be a record for the US.
There are two ways for drivers to improve upon this record. The first is to ride on improved parts of the road; something that is no longer for the likely-to-be-current generation of owners. The second is to own a supercar.
The vehicle’s re-engineered 7.0-litre V8 engine makes 656hp, up 25 from the last version, and goes from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds. With the latest numbers, the Z06, which comes in black, white and red, has the best top speed of any production production car, beating the Lamborghini Aventador at 217mph. The Croatian supercar is the most powerful civilian street car on the market today with a top speed of 217mph.
“People were looking for the best of the best,” Schuster said. “People are now looking for supercars that have the same characteristics as a supercar, but with a lower price point.”
General Motors was making some significant moves to compete with the supercars. On Tuesday, it unveiled a new five-cylinder engine design for the Corvette, Chevrolet’s ninth-generation V8 that will be rolled out on 20th-generation models in 2018. GM also announced that it had introduced a 25-degree cross-drilled alloy tire and a new ZF automatic transmission.
Nissan added new technology such as blind spot detection and adaptive cruise control to the top-of-the-line Infiniti Q60. Its X-Trail, which comes in both conventional and all-wheel drive, can also be specced with a SkyActiv 4.0 engine.
In October, Lexus unveiled the MSX030-Toyota hybrid coupe as the first release from the company’s newest one-million-mile division, a future goal by 2020.
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On Thursday, the California-based company unveiled the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
“The future isn’t too far away; we can expect to see vehicles that have 70% better aerodynamics than before,” said Blunt, another victim of our super-car obsession.
The car will hit 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds, and go from 0-150mph in 13.4 seconds. It has a V12 engine that makes 550hp. The roof is made of carbon fibre, but the whole car is carbon fiber.
Elon Musk tweeted earlier this week that the Model 3’s production is facing a “mystery bottleneck” that was causing engineers to be “very worried”. But on Wednesday, Musk added: “We’re not losing any sleep over this.”