2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe priced from $78,996, Convertible starts at $83,995

Article by Christian A., on August 22, 2014

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.

Press Release

2015 Corvette Z06 Priced at $78,995

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – the most powerful and technologically advanced model in the iconic car’s 62-year history – will be offered at a suggested retail price of $78,995 while the convertible model will start at $83,995, Chevrolet announced today.

Leveraging learnings from the Corvette Racing program, the $2,995 Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package enables the Corvette Z06 to produce true aerodynamic downforce for increased stability at high speeds. The package adds a functional carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber rocker panels and a larger rear spoiler.

For the ultimate performance, the Z07 Performance Package is available for $7,995, adding Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to better handling through reduced unsprung weight. The Z07 package adds adjustable front and rear aerodynamic components to the Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package for unprecedented aerodynamic downforce and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip.

“The Z07 performance package enhances overall performance to make the Corvette Z06 one of the most track-capable cars you can buy off the dealership floor and still drive it to work every day,” said Charles.

Z06 models are offered in 1LZ, 2LZ and 3LZ trims. A range of available features enables customers to tailor the look and feel of their Z06, including:

  • Premium Package with leather-wrapped interior
  • Aero-enhancing carbon fiber ground effects package
  • Performance Data Recorder and navigation
  • Competition sport seats offered in leather or sueded microfiber
  • Carbon fiber interior trim and carbon fiber convertible tonneau cover inserts
  • Visible carbon fiber roof panel (Coupe)
  • Tintcoat exterior colors, several available wheel finishes and several available brake caliper colors.

Most powerful, technologically advanced Corvette ever

The Z06 rejoins the Corvette lineup for 2015 with a stronger aluminum frame than previous models, an aero package designed to produce performance-enhancing downforce and an all-new, supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine rated at an SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm). That makes it the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of the most powerful production cars available in the United States.

To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray – direct injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing – and leverages them with a new, more efficient supercharger. Combined with the fuel-efficient multi-speed transmissions, aerodynamic design and lightweight construction, they help make the new Z06 surprisingly efficient.

The Corvette Z06 also leverages other technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray, including the strategic use of lightweight materials and advanced driver technologies, with calibrations tailored for its capabilities. The aluminum frame structure, for example, is 20 percent stiffer than the previous, fixed-roof Z06.

Additional technologies support the car’s tremendous performance capabilities and enhance the driving experience, including:

  • Third-generation Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers are standard and can be adjusted for touring comfort or maximum track performance via the standard Driver Mode Selector
  • Performance Traction Management is available in the Track mode of the Drive Mode Selector and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving
  • Launch control is available in Track mode for manual and automatic transmissions, providing maximum off-the-line acceleration
  • An electronic limited-slip differential, also standard equipment on Z06, adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, to balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions with more aggressive performance in Sport and Track modes.

The Z06 offers three increasing levels of aerodynamic downforce:

  • The standard Z06 features a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, and an aggressive rear spoiler.
  • The available carbon-fiber aero package – in either carbon flash paint or a visible carbon-fiber finish – adds a carbon-fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill, which combine to create true aerodynamic downforce
  • The available Z07 package adds larger winglets to the front splitter, along with an adjustable, see-through center section on the rear spoiler for track use. With this package, the Corvette Z06 delivers the most aerodynamic downforce of any production car GM has tested.

Drivers can monitor the Z06’s performance without taking their eyes off the road via a standard color head-up display that, among the range of performance readouts, displays a g-meter in Track mode.

The Z06 also offers the award-winning, industry-first Performance Data Recorder – or PDR – which enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track. The racing-derived system is included with the available navigation system.


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