I had a red 1998 convertible with an automatic (got it so early, couldn't chose transmission) and just got a Commemorative Edition Z06. The performance difference is really spectacular. I wish they would lose that horrible interior rubbery black plastic stuff that won't stay or even get clean but that's my only complaint. Nothing like it for the price. Note to those with carbon fiber hoods: To close, apply pressure above the latch on each side until it clicks. It's too light to drop and have it latch.
My review title is a little misleading. For the most part, I do respect the speed limits (sort of). I bought my Z06 new and absolutely love it. It's a pain to keep clean since it's black, but I wouldn't have any other color. The car is really fast and if I keep it in 6th on the freeway I can maintain 28 MPG. I knew when I bought my Vette that there wasn't much leather on the interior. So those of you out there shouldn't complain after the fact. this is an amazing car. Did I mention that it's fast?
I RUN THE CAR ON THE STREET AND RACE IN CORVETTE CLUB SOLO EVENTS ON WEEKENDS. THE CAR HAS REQUIRED NO MAINTENANCE OTHER THAN SCHEDULED SINCE PURCHASED. PERFORMANCE EQUIVALENT OF ANY STREETABLE CAR, AND DRIVING COMFORT AND RIDE QUALITY SUPERIOR TO ANY COMPETITIVE VEHICLE.