For long we were awaiting this car and finally here it is. Chevrolet has announced the 2015 Corvette Z06 in Detroit and claims that it is the most capable Z06 ever. There is so much new about the 2015 Corvette Z06 including an all new powerful supercharged engine and an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission.
“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.”
First up is the engine. The 2015 model is the first Corvette Z06 to be powered by a supercharged engine, an automatic gearbox and a removable roof panel. Under the hood of the new car is an all new 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine that produces at least 625 horsepower (466 kW) and 635 lb-ft of torque (861 Nm). To offer a balance between performance and efficiency the LT4 engine uses Direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing. The powerful engine can be matched either to a seven-speed manual or an all new eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Being a performance machine the Z06 equips a variety of parts designed to provide enough downforce. The Z06 equips larger Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires: P285/30ZR19 at the front which are 1.5 inches wider than Stingray, and 335/25ZR20 at the rear which are two inches wider. That is not the end, the Z06 also comes with a front splitter, a unique carbon-fiber hood and a rear spoiler.
The available carbon-fiber aero package adds a carbon fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler. There is also a Z07 package that adds larger winglets to the front splitter, see-through center section on the rear spoiler for track, Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors and more.
For track use, the Z06 is well equipped thanks to technologies like Launch control, Active handling (StabiliTrak electronic stability control), Traction control, Performance Traction Management, Electronic Limited Slip Differential.