Most internet fanatics, like us at CorvetteBlog, are familiar with CNET and their reviews of technology products. Ever since their inception they've grown to include more and more products and reviews and sure enough, they've ventured into automobile reviews now as well.
What exactly makes CNET an expert in vehicles, we're not quite sure. In fact, we find the timing of the review also interesting. Who reviews a vehicle at the end of the model year as the new model year is coming out? That's exactly what they've done by releasing the review yesterday.
CNET gives the Z06 an 8.5 out of 10 rating.
Here's the good, bad and bottom line, right from CNET.
The good: The LS7 engine in the 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gets to 60mph in the time it takes to inhale, and keeps on going. Its heads-up display makes it easy to check the speed as you blast forward, while the tires keep a tight grip on the road. The split-screen navigation system offers good route guidance.
The bad: Acceleration comes at a price, as this is a thirsty engine. The transmission's gas-saving upshift feature is so annoying you'll want to defeat it. The CD player had trouble reading our MP3 discs, and the stereo is difficult to hear because of the noisy cabin.
The bottom line: With performance similar to an Ferrari F430 but less cabin luxury, the 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 could be termed a poor man's Ferrari--if a poor man had $77,230 to spend.
In our view, we appreciate the high rating, but would have to say CNET should stick to technology. Leave cars to the experts and don't try to be everything to everyone. We already have enough of that on the internet.