5. 2001 C5 Corvette Z06
After the awe-inspiring performance of the C4 ZR-1, Chevrolet decided to again make a high-performance Corvette for the C5 generation. The Z06 was born, using a naming structure that was first introduced in 1963. Just like those older Corvettes, the Z06 was designed with a focus on track-racing, and Chevy made a number of key modifications to the Corvette to support high-performance driving.
Exactly 28,388 Z06 vehicles were made between 2001 and 2004, and each featured the latest and greatest bits and bobs. The engine was a meaty LS6 V8 which made 405 hp and could propel the Z06 to 60 mph in under four seconds.
Also, the Z06 surprised those who bought into the stereotype that American cars can’t handle. Thanks to the second generation Active Handling traction-stability control system and a suspension system honed on the Nurburgring, the Z06 could hang with cars with twice its price tag.