I for one am glad SVT uses only manual transmissions in their cobras. Its always been that way since 93.
Yes the 06 Z06 will be much faster, but what do you expect when you compare a 30K car to a 70K car.
Don't think the Z06 will be unchallenged for long... There is a Shelby GT500 on the way for 2007 that should be about 500 HP and still be way less money than the Z06. Ford's sites are set on beating the Z06... should be interesting...
Actually a 04 Z06 will take a 04 Cobra in the 0-60, the 1/4 and top speed. The Z06 dominates 60 in 4.0 where the Cobra takes 4.5. The Z06 does the 1/4 in 12.5 and the Cobra 12.6. Also Z06 tops out over 170 mph and the Cobra limits at 155.
My first comment on " a good driver driving an SVT can drive it faster in the quarter than the z06". Theres no way if you put the same driver, a GOOD driver in an SVT and let him do a pass, then put him in a Z06 the SVT times will be faster. ALSO, The 2006 Z06 will smoke a shelby Gt 500 like it's not even there. It runs an 11.7 second 1/4 mile, where as motor trend ran a 2006 GT 500 a 12.7, and car and driver ran a 12.9. A Base model LS2 corvette runs a 12.6. I think the chevy guys got ford this time.
Or you can buy an 03-04 cobra like me... put a pulley on, tune, exhaust, cold air kit... alltogether less than 2000 and smoke any stock pre-06 ZO6 all day long.
The great thing about the 03-04 Cobra is that it's way overbuilt, so you can mod it to ridiculous power without anything major. Slap a huge Kenne Bell supercharger on it, and you have 650 horsepower to the wheels all day with no problems. Maybe just a fuel pump and fuel injector upgrade. The stock bottom end on the Cobras is ridiculously strong. Helion makes a twin turbo kit for the 03-04 cobra good for 1200 horsepower, and the bottom end will take it (for those who don't believe me, DO SOME RESEARCH before you just blurt out "oh that's some bull$h!+!!!").
This is a great bang for your buck car, and is almost unfair with the amount of power you can make with these with almost no effort.
And as for comparing with a Z06, they're not really even close in price, so is it really fair? I could easily say a stock Cobra is way faster than a new Focus, you just gotta pay an extra $20k... Or my Bugatti Veyron is waaaay faster than your Z06; you just have to pay an extra million bucks... I hate when people try to compare apples to oranges.
"I think the chevy guys got ford this time."
At least until the new Boss 302 goes on sale. It is being slated as competition for Corvette, Ferrari and Cadillac.
If a late model Calloway or new supercharged from the factory Vette appears, I guess you can make a quick right. If you are comparing new Vettes, compare them to the foreign supercars at twice the Vettes price. The Vette new is every bit the best bang for the buck, as are Mustangs, especially used in their category. We can all aftermarket our cars, the skies the limit, or how far your wallet takes you.