You know what is really nice? I took a nice drive on PCH today to continue with break-in, adjusting speed frequently, and stopping at big parking lots to do some 5MPH figure 8's, when I realized that EVERY VETTE driver waving hi at me. Even the older vettes. I mean EVERY ONE. What a nice bunch of people I have joined the ranks of.
Seriously. It wasn't like that back in the 90's, or maybe it was where I was living at that time. I am honored.
I just realized today that the skip-shift is no longer really there. I thought I didn't have it when I hit it today - all of one single time. I am not shifting aggressively by ANY MEANS. The window for it to work is so small - I can see why. On my C5, it was way more apparent in daily, slow driving. On this Z, you need to literally go just above idle when shifting - any higher and it doesn't lock out second. Very nice.
Oh I forgot. Yes about those questions. Once I did my research, I knew a return to the corvette world was in order.
All questions were answered. I also test drove MANY Z's. as many as I could.
By driving many of the same car, you can get an idea on variations between them that might be caused by irregularities/changes in model years, build dates, and build tolerances. The '06's and 07's were oh so slightly faster but a bit twitchy. The 08's won me hands down. The tranny was noticeably smoother and the throw was shorter. The rear was not as tail happy - seemingly at the price of some acceleration. But I think the '08's are slighlty heavier due to the modifications and extra insulation. The interior on the '08 seems nicer with the leather.
I know alot of people complain about the slow speed/low load rear tranny whine/rattle - isn't that normal? All my vettes and camaros had some level of that noise. In no way did it affect performance as far as I could tell. I like to hear her anyways - she's telling me she's bored.