Just hours after learning the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray had been named this year’s North American Car of the Year, the Bowtie brand unleashed the next-level of next-gen Corvette performance: the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. It’s a car that set a new record at GM’s Milford Proving Ground the very first time it hit the track, already living up to the brand’s boast that it’s the most capable Corvette ever.
It made its first public appearance at the recent opening of the 2014 North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit.
“The new Z06 delivers levels of performance, technology and design that rival the most exotic supercars in the world,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. “And the Z06 leverages the engineering expertise of GM, offering the choice of two world-class transmissions, supercar performance without supercar fuel consumption and technologies that make it easier to fully enjoy the incredible experience of driving it.”
“Incredible” is just the right word, too, for a car that will offer:
- A supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine that will develop a projected 625 horsepower and 635 lb.-ft. of torque
- Seven-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions, with the latter highlighted by paddle shifters for DIY-style shifting
- Advanced aerodynamics that help the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 produce more downforce than any other vehicle that GM has ever evaluated
- The Z07 track package, delivering peak aero performance while also wearing Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires and brakes enhanced by Brembo’s carbon/ceramic-matrix brake rotors
- GT and Competition Sport seats, each with magnesium frames that are stronger, yet lighter than steel counterparts
- A premium, soft-touch interior, complemented by the first removable hardtop ever featured on a Z06 model
Added Tadge Juechter, chief engineer of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: “Our mission with the seventh-generation Corvette was to make the performance levels more accessible, enabling drivers to exploit every pound-foot of torque, every ‘g’ of grip and every pound of downforce. It’s a philosophy we introduced with the 460-horsepower Corvette Stingray—and one that’s even more relevant with an estimated 625 horsepower at your beck and call.”
Written by Charles Krome.
Photo by Charles Krome.