While the announcement of pricing is rarely for me a news story, I have to admit the MSRP for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is.

Much much less expensive than I expected, GM has set pricing for the new all-powerful Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at $78,995 with the convertible model starting at $83,995.

Yes this is still expensive, but a relative bargain for a world class sports-car with 650 horsepower and the kind of chassis specs, handling poise, and outright enjoyment many pay two and three times the price for.

Granted, this is pricing for a base model Chevrolet Corvette Z06. You can option it up with things like the $2,995 Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package and a Z07 Performance Package is available for $7,995.

That $11,000 spend will get you better aerodynamics for the track, adjustable ground effects, and better brakes to go along with its magnetic ride control and adjustable drive modes.

Also offered is a Performance Data Recorder which enables you to record high-definition videos, with telemetry overlays, of your driving experiences on and off the track. For better or worse, I’m sure our YouTube will be full of these very soon.

The new Z06 is the top of the line for Corvette at least until we see a ZR1. And with even Dodge building 707 horsepower sedans now, I think we can expect a faster Corvette sooner rather than later.