The fifth generation of the venerable Corvette ran from 1997 to 2004. The Z06 didn't arrive until 2001 and it was heralded as the descendant of the ultimate Vette, the C4 ZR-1. The car originally was introduced packing a healthy 385 horsepower from a 5.7 liter LS6 V8. However, the second year of the Z06's existence is what grabbed everyone's attention. Chevy decided to redesign the intake, camshaft, pistons, valves and valve springs. The LS6 now broke that magical 400 horsepower barrier with 405. Chevy even commemorated this with 405hp badges on the fenders.
If Corvettes are your cup o' tea, you can't do much better from a cost/performance standpoint than the cars from the past 10 years. Considering the past ASS and how long it took to write about the Corvette, it would seem I no longer hold a love for the car. I respect its abilities but am attracted to other cars on a more basic emotional level. The Maserati Gransport sounds like sex. The Aston Martin looks like sex. The Acura NSX drives likes sex. The Corvettes, on the other hand, are like that female Olympic medalist who had her gender questioned. They do what they are supposed to do very well but it's definitely not the kind of "personalities" that teenage boys want.