Ok, we have to admit that we expected the 2015 Corvette Z06 to be fast but we didn’t now any official numbers. Until today, when the manufacturer revealed the fact that their new vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.95 seconds when using the new eight-speed paddle0shift automatic transmission.
When equipped with the standard seven-speed manual transmission, the 2015 Corvette Z06 is a little bit slower, as sprints from naught to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.2 seconds. In addition, the sports car runs the quarter mile in 10.95 seconds with the 8-speed automatic and in 11.2 seconds with the 7-speed manual.
Both models hit 127 mph or 205 km/h at the end of the quarter-mile. Still, the Corvette Z06 has also plenty of stopping power and can brake from 60 mph (96 km/h) in 99.6 feet or 30 meters. Corvette Z06 achieves 1.2 g in lateral acceleration, which is better than Corvette’s previous best 1.13 g.
For those who don’t know, the 2015 Corvette Z06 is powered by a 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine that generates 625 hp (466 kW) and 861 Nm (635 lb-ft) of torque. The 2015 Corvette Z06 Coupe will go on sale in early 2015 with a price tag of $78,995, while the Z06 Convertible will arrive in the second quarter with a price tag of $83,995.
The design team for the new Corvette Z06 has to consider a number of factors, including the performance targets for the car as well as a stunning design that could contribute to its potential. However, designers started their project not with the car’s exterior panels, but with its tires.
The performance targets for the new Z06 calls for high levels of grip. This means that larger tires are needed, and for the Z06, designers fitted larger Michelin rubbers -- Pilot Super Sport tires for the Z06 and Sport Cup 2 tires with the Z07 package. Its P285/30ZR19 front and 335/25ZR20 rear tires are 1.5 inches and two inches wider than the rubbers of the Stingray.
Since the Z06 has wider tires, designers had to extend its fenders 2.2 inches (56 mm) at the front and 3.15 inches (80 mm) on the rear – lending the car a wider, lower look. This appearance is highlighted by the Z06’s distinct rear fascia that makes use of the same taillamp assemblies as the Stingray. However, the taillamps on the Z06 are farther from each other by three inches.
Tom Peters, Corvette design director, remarked that every exterior modification on the new Z06 has a functional purpose. For instance, the larger and wider wheels and tires – as accommodated by the flared fenders – deliver more grip. Its larger vents channel more cooling air to the engine, brakes, transmission and differential – all of which were optimized for increased track capability. Meanwhile, the new Z06 sports a more assertive aerodynamic package that could generate more downforce, resulting to better high-speed stability and more cornering grip.