Car pictures of the week
We revisit our test between the C7-generation Corvette Z06 and 991.1 911 GT3 from issue 206 in this week’s car pictures
The Porsche 911 GT3 has been the benchmark for the track-focused sports car since its 1999 inception, but back in 2015 Chevrolet’s C7-generation Corvette Z06 offered some unexpected competition. In issue 206 Jethro Bovingdon headed to California with our photographer Aston Parrott to put them head-to-head – here are the highlights.
Despite being since replaced by an all-new model, the 991.1 GT3 from our test still looks purposeful even seven years since its launch. As captured by Aston Parrott, its sharp Carrara White paint provided a glorious contrast to those Californian skies, with the uncluttered front bumper only improving aesthetics.
It was quite a contrast to the wild Z06, coming equipped with aggressive gloss black trim, wheels and a number of no-so-subtle aero elements. Design certainly isn’t the only thing that sets them apart though.
Although the Corvette weighed an additional 168kg, a 650bhp output helped it achieve a sizable power-to-weight advantage – 413bhp/ton puts the Z06 a whole 80bhp/ton ahead of the Porsche. This was backed up by a huge 650lb ft of torque, a figure the naturally-aspirated GT3 had no chance of matching, with less than half.
Such a disparity in outputs might have led some to believe they could never be true rivals, but back in 2015, the Corvette was comparable in price to a Cayman GTS in its local market, never mind a GT3.
Straight-lines were unsurprisingly right in the Corvette’s comfort zone, but its cornering ability is what really shocked Jethro, even in comparison to the GT3. Of course, the smaller, lighter, naturally-aspirated Porsche had, and still has an appeal that simply can’t be found anywhere else, but such impressive competition from Chevrolet proved that the American brand was well on its way to finally sizing up to its European rivals – time will tell if the new mid-engined C8-generation Z06 has the GT3 beaten.
Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.