May as well include pictures of the others, eh?
C6 Corvette Z06, Ferrari F430 Spider spied; AutoWeek is there
Posted Oct 12, 2004, 9:30 AM ET by Christopher Diken
Well maybe not so much right there— they probably just know people who know people who have the right kind of cameras, designed specially for capturing preproduction cars invisible to your regular tourist-variety lenses. AW’s best snag here is the Z06, which seems to feature a removable hardtop, lightweight wheels, Brembo binders, and, since these spy photo cameras double as portable X-ray machines, a 500-hp 7.0 liter V8. Regarding the the Ferrari F430: zoinks Scooby, it looks exactly like the coupe, but it has a black canvas top and is hardly disguised otherwise— although those red mirrors really threw me for a loop. AutoWeek also stakes a late claim on the new Toyota sports car (codename TXS) we posted about last week, which they think could possibly be the next Supra even though it’s rumored to sticker for over $100K. If that’s true (which I’m pretty sure it isn’t), offering a $100K+ Supra could be the biggest worst-est most horrible-est mistake of Toyota’s life.
2006 model Z06 reportedly packs a 7.0-liter 500-hp V8. (Photo by Jim Dunne/Popular Mechanics)
Supercar Spy Shootout! Our snappers catch Chevy C6 Z06, Toyota Supra and Ferrari F430
Posted Date: 10/12/04
A trifecta of hot spy shots arrived this week, including the much-anticipated C6-based Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Toyota’s next Supra super sports car, and the drop-top version of Ferrari’s latest, the F430.
Though spy shots of the Z06 version of the C6 Corvette don’t appear to reveal much, we can discern that engineer David Hill’s latest high-performance creation may come with a first-ever-for-Z06 removable hardtop. Reports of a possible air scoop at the leading edge of the hood, however, appear unfounded. The car also sports typical Z06 features, such as wider tires tucked behind flared front and rear fenders, and lighter-weight, two-piece 10-spoke wheels. We also note red Brembo brake calipers tucked behind the wheels. The 2006 model Z06 reportedly packs a 7.0-liter 500-hp V8, and debuts at the Detroit auto show in January.
Meanwhile, Toyota is cooking up its own limited-production supercar, one that will either be the next Supra (with a possible TXS badge) or a high-end sports car for Lexus. The car caught testing is believed to be an early engineering mule for a 500-hp, 370-lb-ft V10-powered car. Weighing less than 3000 pounds, the sports car is expected to readily run to 190 mph.
The Toyota sports car is expected to readily run to 190 mph. (Photo by Brenda Priddy & Company)
Sources say Toyota is eyeing a 2005 Tokyo Motor Show introduction, with an on-sale date in late 2006 or early 2007. Pricing will be in excess of $100,000 for one of an estimated 12,000 that Toyota plans to produce.
Last, but certainly not least, Ferrari is following up the successful Paris Motor Show premiere of its F430, which claimed AutoWeek’s Best in Show award (AW, Oct. 11), with an F430 Spider. Like the F430 coupe, the Spider is powered by the same 4.3-liter 483-hp V8. The canvas-topped model, fitted with dual roll bars, should be on sale by mid-2005.
The Spider is powered by a 4.3-liter 483-hp V8. (Photo by Hans G. Lehmann/Hidden Image)
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