The big news this week comes from General Motors during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) taking place in Detroit. The Detroit-based automaker has fully revealed the high-performance 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at the Detroit Auto Show. Unfortunately, the most track-capable Corvette will not be sold or even hit North American dealerships this year, buyers are required to wait for another year.
Chevrolet is proud to declare that the Corvette is now entering supercar territory by bringing advanced technology, race-proven design and world-class performance. Powered by track-focused Z07 performance package, the high-performance Z06 is claimed to take faster lap times than the Corvette ZR1. However, the biggest news coming from under its hood, which can spew its peak output at least 625 horsepower.
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is powered by an all-new supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine capable of developing up to 625 horsepower (466 kW) and 635 lb-ft of torque (861 Nm). This 6.2-liter LT4 engine can be paired to either a seven-speed manual or an all-new eight-speed automatic gearbox featuring paddle shifters. Chevrolet says this engine still fuel efficient thanks to the use of some high-tech components which serve to balance performance and fuel efficiency, including direct-injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management/cylinder deactivation.
These high-tech components have previously been used on the Corvette Stingray. Lightweight construction, aerodynamic design, and multi-speed transmissions also helped Corvette Z06 to provide better fuel efficiency, Chevrolet said in their official press release. Not only that, the Corvette Z06 will also be equipped with a carbon fiber removable roof panel and stronger aluminum frame, the latter will also be used on the Corvette C7.R race car.
The LT4 V8 engine is only 25mm taller than the Stingray’s LT1 engine (or about 1 inch), but it can provide 37 percent more horsepower and 40 percent more torque. This engine is designed with a more compact supercharger and of course, with a more efficient design. Furthermore, in order to support its higher output, the high-performance LT4 engine now equipped with some exclusive features which include:
- Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional heads.
- Lightweight titanium intake valves and machined connecting rods for reduced reciprocating mass.
- High 10.0:1 compression ratio for forced-induction engine, enhances performance, efficiency and is enabled by direct-injection.
- Forged aluminum pistons with unique and stronger structure to ensure strength under high cylinder pressures.
- Stainless-steel exhaust headers and an aluminum balancer that are lighter than their LT1 counterparts.
- Standard dry-sump oiling system with larger cooler capacity than the Z51 and used with dual-pressure-control oil pump.
To increase the level of aerodynamic downforce, the 2015 Corvette Z06 will also be available with a carbon-fiber aero package which consists of a carbon-fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon-fiber rocker panels and larger rear spoiler with fixed wickerbill. While the standard Z06 is equipped with a unique carbon-fiber hood with larger vent, front splitter and rear spoiler taken from the Stingray’s Z51 Package. In addition, there’s also a Z07 package which will add larger winglets to the front splitter.
The new Corvette Z06 ride on 19-inch front wheels are wrapped in larger Michelin tires measuring P285/30ZR19, while the rear wheel uses 20-inch alloy wheels with Michelin tires measuring 335/25ZR20. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires will be offered on the standard Chevy Corvette Z06, while the Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires will be available in the Z07 performance package.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Release Date is scheduled for early next year
Speaking about the release date, Chevrolet has announced that they will not launch a high-performance Z06 this year but you must wait another year. According to the Detroit automaker, the 2015 Corvette Z06 is scheduled to go on sale in North American markets early next year. Official pricing details have not been announced, but we suspect that the new Corvette Z06 will hit U.S. dealers with a starting price of around $100,000.
While other rumors indicate that the rear-wheel drive Corvette Z06 is likely to go on sale with a base price around $85,000 (MSRP) or less than $100K, exclude the optional packages. However, this is only an estimate price and not entirely accurate because the official pricing details will be announced closer to its Z06 release date, may be announced later this year.
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