Official: 2015 Corvette Z06 will run from 0 to 60 mph in 2.95 seconds

Article by Christian A., on October 2, 2014

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.

Press Release

Corvette Z06 Sprints to 60 mph in Less than 3 Seconds

The performance of the all-new, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 establishes it as one of the most capable vehicles on the market – and one of the few to achieve sub-3-second 0-60 performance and a sub-11-second quarter-mile time.

The Corvette Z06 accelerates from a rest to 60 mph in only 2.95 seconds when equipped with the all-new, available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission – and achieves it in 3.2 seconds with the standard seven-speed manual transmission.

A quarter-mile sprint takes just 10.95 seconds with the eight-speed automatic and 11.2 seconds with the seven-speed manual. With both versions, the Corvette Z06 hits 127 mph at the end of the quarter-mile.

When it comes to braking performance, the Z06 can stop from 60 mph in only 99.6 feet. That’s the best braking performance of any production car GM has ever tested. Additionally, the Corvette Z06 achieves 1.2 g in lateral acceleration compared with the Corvette’s previous best 1.13 g.

The new Z06 is also the fastest production car ever tested at GM’s 2.9-mile Milford Road Course, beating the record set by the Corvette ZR1 by a full second.

All test results were achieved with Z06 coupes fitted with the Z07 Performance package, which adds Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The Z07 package also features the most aggressive aerodynamic package available on the Corvette Z06, which delivers the most downforce of any production car GM has ever tested.

“The defining aspect of driving the Z06 is seamless integration of power, technology and aerodynamics,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “As a result, the Z06 delivers ferocious acceleration, tenacious handling, and high-speed stability that few cars can match.”

It is the first Corvette Z06 with a supercharged engine – SAE certified at 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque – and the first with an available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. Performance-enhancing Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management are standard, and the award-winning, industry-first Performance Data Recorder is available.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe goes on sale in in early 2015 priced at $78,995, while the Z06 convertible goes on sale in the second quarter, priced at $83,995.

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