The GT500 wasn't meant to be compared to the Z06. It was meant to compare against.... NOTHING!! There is no other car in it's class. Maybe the GTO, but that car was a dead dog the day they pulled the cover off it at the Auto Show. Realisticly, this car will get compared to the Base Corvette. Similar performance and price. The GT500 will most likely beat at the strip, but the 'Vette will out-handle it no problem. Really, whoever buys either car is going to be happy. They are both excellent at what they do, provide excitement. Comparing this car to the Z06 is absurd. The Z06 is much faster, a much better handler, and much more expensive. Nobody will have trouble deciding between a Z06 and a GT500. If they have the money, the Z06 is the way to go, if they don't, then the GT500 is the better choice.