Although GM announced that the Chevrolet brand will be removed from Europe by the end of 2015, the American brand announced that it will still offer the brand new 2015 Corvette Z06 also to Europeans. As a result, the most powerful and technologically advanced model in the car’s 62-year history, will go on sale for 99,500 euros in Germany for the coupe, while the convertible will cost 104,500 euros.
Dealers will start taking orders as of now and the first deliveries will arrive in spring of 2015. Meanwhile, the Z07 Performance Package will be available for 16,500 euros and will add Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors, adjustable front and rear aerodynamic components and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires.
Each vehicle will be powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine delivering 650 hp (485 kW) and 881 Nm (650 lb-ft) of torque. The engine allows the Corvette Z06 Coupe to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.95 seconds when using the 8-speed automatic transmission and in 3.2 seconds when equipped with the 7-speed manual gearbox.
Drivers will be able to monitor their vehicle’s performance without taking their eyes off the road via the standard color head-up display that shows a range of performance readouts, including a g-meter in Track mode.
In addition, the Z06 will arrive with the industry-first Performance Data Recorder (PDR), which enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on the track.
The design team of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 doesn’t just have to create stunning design, but also have to consider the performance targets of the high-performance coupe. Thus, the changes made commenced not with exterior panels of new Z06, but with its tires.
Chevrolet has determined that to achieve the performance targets set for the Z06, high levels of grip are needed. Thus, it was decided to fit the wheels with larger Michelin tires -- Pilot Super Sport tires for the Z06 or Sport Cup 2 tires with the Z07 package.
Interestingly, the P285/30ZR19 front tires are 1.5 inches wider than the rubbers on the Stingray. Its 335/25ZR20 rear tires are two inches wider than on the Stingray. Because of the wider trires, Chevrolet had to extend the fenders of the Z06 by 2.2 inches (56 mm) at the front, and 3.15 inches (80 mm) at the rear, giving the coupe a wider, lower appearance. However, the taillamps on the Z06 are around three inches farther from each.
Tom Peters, Corvette design director, remarked that since the Z06 needs more of everything, every change made on the exterior has a functional purpose. For instance, the flared fenders contain larger, wider wheels and tires that deliver added grip.
Meanwhile, larger air intakes deliver more cooling air to the engine, brakes, transmission and differential that allow for higher levels of track capability. Likewise, the new Z06 comes with a more aggressive aerodynamic package that could generate true downforce, resulting to better levels of high-speed stability and cornering grip.