Chevrolet welcomed in the fifth generation of their Corvette models in style in 2006 with the launch of the Z06. It seems strange to call this one a muscle car, when it’s actually the lightest such model that the US car marque has ever produced in their Corvette range.
This is partly down to its aluminium frame - where most Corvettes are traditionally made of steel - but also due to being kitted out with a magnesium alloy engine cradle. But if anything, this lighter engineering and design works in its favour.
In fact, it’s performance outstrips that of other comparable muscle cars. Powered on a 5.7 litre V8 engine, bumping out 500 bhp, it boasts capable top speeds of 198 mph, and zips effortlessly from 0 - 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and 0 - 100 mph in 9.2 seconds. The Z06 is proof that when it comes to muscle cars, size need not always matter when it delivers like this model does.