At last, GM officially introduced the 2015 Corvette Z06 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show! Described as the most track-capable Corvette in the brand’s history the 2015 Corvette Z06 is powered by a new, supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine expected to deliver an estimated 625 hp (466 kW) and 861 Nm (635 lb-ft) of torque.
The new 1.7L Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger spins at up to 20,000 rpm – 5,000 rpm more than the supercharger on the Corvette ZR1’s LS9. The engine is bolted to a standard seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev match but as an option, Chevrolet offers the all-new 8L90 eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.
The 2015 model is the first Corvette Z06 to offer a supercharged engine, an automatic transmission and, thanks to a stronger aluminum frame, a removable roof panel. The Corvette Z06 offers three increasing levels of aerodynamic downforce: the standard Z06 comes with a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent and a rear spoiler from the Corvette Stingray’s Z51 Performance Package; a carbon fiber aero package is available in either black or visible carbon fiber finish and adds a carbon fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill; the Z07 package adds larger winglets to the front splitter and an adjustable see-though center section on the rear spoiler for track use. Inside, the Corvette Z06 is distinguished from the Corvette Stingray by unique color schemes and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.
Just like the Stingray, the 2015 Corvette Z06 will be offered with two seating choices: a GT seat for those who want comfort and a Competition Sport seat that features more aggressive side bolstering. The new Corvette Z06 will be available in early 2015. Performance data and pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.