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  • The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is more comparable to the 2018 Lamborghini Huracan than you might think.

  • The Z06 and the Huracan have similar performance on paper, but they have much different prices.

  • The Corvette is the obvious value proposition, but the Huracan still has a lot going for it that justifies its price.

The Chevrolet Corvette has always had a reputation of being one of the best values in performance cars. That's still very true today, including with the high-performance Z06 variant. Sure, it's still an expensive car, but it has the performance to compete with much higher-priced exotic sports cars.

One of those competitors is the Lamborghini Huracan. It's what Lamborghini considers its entry-level sports car, but Lamborghini's definition of "entry-level" is much different than most of the rest of the car industry's. The Huracan is a stunning exotic car with an aesthetic that will get as much attention as will its performance.

Despite a huge price difference, these two cars are more comparable than you might think. Let's take a look at what's similar, what's different and which is better between the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the 2018 Lamborghini Huracan.

Exterior

The mechanical layouts of these two cars dictate their exterior styling. The Corvette has a front-engine configuration, and the Huracan is midengine with the engine positioned behind the driver. That means the Corvette has a traditional long-hood/short-deck shape, while the Huracan is a bit more stubby in front with a bulge in the back where the engine is.

The Corvette Z06 has an aesthetic upgrade over the regular C7 Corvette Stingray, adding wider fenders, a large rear spoiler and a more aerodynamic body kit. The Huracan is instantly recognizable as a Lamborghini, with its distinctive front end and wild supercar appearance throughout the whole exterior.

The Z06 looks great, but Corvettes are a lot more common than Lamborghinis. The Huracan will make you stand out much more and turn every head that it passes.

Interior

Like the exterior of these two cars, the Huracan is more exotic than the Corvette on the inside. They're both two-seaters with sporty seats that are supportive for spirited driving but are still comfortable for everyday driving. You'll find more premium materials and higher-quality craftsmanship in the Huracan, but the Z06 still has a very nice interior.

The Corvette has a more conventional 8-inch infotainment system, which comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Huracan doesn't have an infotainment system in the center stack, but it does have a 12.3-in TFT instrument panel in front of the driver. The idea is to have all of the information you could need right in front of you without needing to take your eyes off the road so much. When equipped with navigation, the big screen in the dash of the Lamborghini acts as the navigation screen.

Neither interior will let you forget you're in a supercar. They both are very driver-centric, have lots of modern technology and have seats suitable for a wide range of different kinds of driving.

Mechanicals and Performance

If you're shopping for a supercar, there's a good chance you're interested in performance. The heart of the Corvette Z06 is the supercharged LT4 6.2-liter V8. This aluminum engine produces amazing performance numbers of 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The result is a 0-to-60 miles per hour time of 2.95 seconds, which puts it in true supercar territory.

The Lamborghini Huracan is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine, and you might be surprised by its performance numbers. It makes 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, falling far short of the numbers that the Z06 is making. Its 0-to-100 km/h (0-to-62 mph) time is 3.2 seconds, making it very close to the acceleration of the Corvette.

The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 comes standard with a 7-speed manual transmission, and it's available with an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The only transmission available in the Huracan is a fast-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. This is a great transmission, but it's nice that the Z06 comes with a manual that provides a more engaging drive for car enthusiasts who still prefer to shift their own gears.

It might be hard to think of Chevy and Lamborghini playing in the same arena, but we live in a world where a Corvette's performance numbers beat a Lamborghini's. Since one is a midengine, naturally aspirated V10, and the other is a front-engine supercharged V8, these two cars take different approaches to performance, and they both achieve that performance incredibly well.

Configurations

The configurations of the Z06 are pretty straightforward. They're all rear-wheel drive, and you can pick between a coupe or a convertible.

With the Huracan, there's a little more variety. It comes standard with all-wheel drive, but can be optioned with RWD. Like the Z06, the Huracan is available as either a coupe or as a "Spyder" convertible. For a hotter, more high-performance variant of the Lambo, you can upgrade to the Huracan Performante. It has revised aerodynamics, some different materials to save weight and an engine that was tuned to make more power and torque. It's more track-friendly, but it's also a lot more expensive.

Pricing

The biggest difference between the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the Lamborghini Huracan isn't in the performance or in the configuration, but rather in the price. The Corvette Z06 is an expensive sports car with a starting MSRP of $79,495. But it's a screaming deal compared to the Huracan, which starts at $199,800. The Lamborghini makes less hp and less torque than the Z06 and costs well over double what the Chevy costs. If you upgrade to the Huracan Performante, it will set you back at least $274,390.

The Z06 is far and away a better value than the Huracan. The Huracan is a tremendous supercar, but its 6-digit price makes it well out of reach for the vast majority of drivers. Not a lot of drivers can comfortably afford a Z06 either, but it's relatively affordable price makes it a lot more accessible.

Conclusion

If you're after an exotic Italian supercar, and you have the budget for it, the Lamborghini Huracan is a fun, high-tech car with stunning looks that are sure to get you a lot of attention. The Corvette Z06, with its better performance numbers and the significantly lower price, however, is a better value between the two cars. The Huracan's expensive price is part of its exotic appeal, but when it comes to high-performance bang for your buck, the Corvette Z06 is the more sensible supercar.

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