GM announced that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will start at $78,996, while the pricing for the Z06 Convertible starts at $83,995. For those who want more, Chevrolet offers the $2,995 Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package that adds a functional carbon front splitter, rocker panels and a larger rear spoiler.
The Z07 Performance Package costs $7,995 and brings carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors, adjustable front and rear aerodynamic components, as well as Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires. According to the official press release, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is offered in 1LZ, 2LZ and 3LZ trims.
Other features include the Premium Package with leather-wrapped interior, Performance Data Recorder and navigation, competition sport seats wrapped in leather or sueded microfiber, carbon fibber interior trim and carbon fiber convertible tonneau cover inserts, visible carbon fiber roof for the coupe and tintcoat exterior colors.
For those who don’t know, the 2015 Corvette Z06 is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that produces 650 hp (485 kW) and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque.
The design team for the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 sought to create a stunning design that complements its higher capabilities while making sure that the new car achieves the set performance targets. However, the design team didn’t start with the car’s exterior panels, but with its tires.
A car like the Z06 has high performance targets, thus it needs great levels of grip from its tires. This was made possible with larger Michelin tires -- Pilot Super Sport tires for the Z06 or Sport Cup 2 tires with the Z07 package. Compared to the rubbers on the Stingray, the P285/30ZR19 front tires and 335/25ZR20 rear tires are 1.5 inches and two inches wider, respectively.
Since the tires have wider treads, Chevy extended the fenders of the Z06 by 2.2 inches (56 mm) at the front and 3.15 inches (80 mm) at the rear, thereby giving the car a wider, lower look. This look is highlighted by a distinct rear end that features the same rear lamps as on the Stingray. However, the rear lamps on the Z06 are moved three inches farther apart, toward the edges.
Tom Peters, Corvette design director, remarked that every exterior tweak on the Z06 has a functional purpose, since this car needed more of everything. For instance, the flared fenders could accommodate larger, wider wheels and tires that could deliver more grip while the larger vents guide more air to cool the engine, brakes, transmission and differential, allowing for greater track capability. In addition, the more aggressive aerodynamic package for the Z06 could generate more downforce, resulting iin better cornering grip and high-speed stability.
The Z06 rides on lightweight, spin-cast aluminum wheels -- 19 x 10 inches on the front and 20 x 12 inches on the rear -- that are wider than on the Stingray.