Man Against Machine: Manual Corvette Z06 Takes On McLaren 570S

Even though the Z06 has way more power and torque than its British-built opponent, the McLaren 570S Coupe, this particular Corvette is wearing its 7-speed manual transmission.

What this means is that getting off to a great start is more difficult than with an automatic when you’re racing somebody, and while this event featured a rolling start, it was still a matter of a human being being able to shift as fast as the McLaren’s automatic brain.

All we’re going to say about the end result is that some might find it extremely surprising – not because of who won, but because of the manner in which they did.

As for the numbers, they’re obviously tilted in the Z06’s favor. Powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 unit, the Corvette sends a total of 650 HP (659 PS) to its rear wheels, with a side of 880 Nm (650 lb-ft) of torque.

In comparison, the McLaren 570S can “only” manage 562 HP (570 PS) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque. But again, in this case, it’s got the advantage of faster shifts and it’s an overall lighter car.


  • SteersUright

    The higher level Corvettes have long needed more traction either in the form of 305’s or wider all around (like the Camaro/Mustang) or a light AWD system. Tons of power resulting in tons of wheelspin just isn’t any fun nor very useful either, not to mention the odd sideways venture into a tree.

    • Ishliss

      The Z06 has a 335 rear tire…

      • SteersUright

        Wait what??!?!?!! Holy cow, I had no idea it ran such massive rear tires. So then why does it struggle so much with traction/handling when Ferrari and others have managed to make their front engine/rear drive beasts so much more manageable? Why does everyone say a Corvette is too “nervous” at its limit? Too much torque perhaps for such a light package?

  • LeStori

    And in reality most of us do not even care whether an auto beats a manual. Cars are typically so fast these days that even the family car is a super car of yesteryear. There is little enjoyment left. A manual car brings back some reason to actually own something special. Otherwise just go out and buy an SUV. A dog will attract the females better than a fancy car and most of the blokes think you are a Wayne Kerr ( rhyming slang) aka a person who plays with themselves too much…

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