2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 teased ahead of 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on December 4, 2013

Chevrolet has just announced that it will bring the 2015 Corvette Z06 in January, at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. According to the official press release, this Z06 was designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features.

For the 2015 model year, the Z06 will not only be again part of the Corvette range but it is expected to be the most capable yet in the 62-year history of this iconic vehicle. This new model manages to expand the performance of the Corvette through aerodynamic downforce at unmatched levels. In addition, this will be the first Corvette Z06 to be fitted with a supercharged engine paired to the automatic paddle-shift eight-speed transmissions.

Playing a role as well is the use of a stronger aluminum frame and the removable roof panel. Like how it was in 1963, the Z06 will again come in the convertible or the coupe variant.

A more contemporary convertible version was made possible, said Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, due to the new technological advancement. He added that it was only recently when it became possible to have an open-roof structure that would have enough strength to meet the highest levels of performance required by the brand. Among many factors that made this happen, Juechter continued, were advancements in manufacturing, metallurgy, and computer-aided engineering.

He said further that all of these were not possible five years back but today, it has allowed the brand to come up with a frame that is strong enough for a Z06 Convertible. Powering the new Z06 is the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine.

Output has been SAE-certified to be 650 hp and available at 6,400 rpm with peak torque of 650 lb.-ft. (881 Nm) accessible at 3,600 rpm. What this implies is that not only is the 2015 Corvette Z06 the most powerful production car to come from General Motors but also one of the most powerful of such production models in the U.S. The company revealed that when it came to the aluminum structure, the one in the new Z06 is stiffer by 20% compared to the previous version, one that had a fixed roof.

Further, since there was no need for any structural reinforcement with the Z067 Convertible, the curb weight is almost similar to that of the Z06 Coupe. These two variants also have the same chassis tuning and output for the powertrain. They even share the same driver technologies as well as equipment options, like the Z07 track-focused Performance Package.

Press Release

Chevrolet to Introduce 2015 Corvette Z06 at Detroit Show

Chevrolet will introduce the 2015 Corvette Z06 next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It will be the most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features.

The Corvette Z06 will complete Chevrolet’s performance car lineup, which will also see the addition of the Corvette Stingray Convertible, Camaro Z/28 and SS sedan.

Chevrolet sells one out of four performance cars in 2013

For the first 11 months of 2013, Chevrolet has accounted for about 25 percent of all performance car sales in the U.S. as Corvette and Camaro continue to lead their respective segments.

Corvette outsold its closest competitor, the Porsche 911, for the first 11 months of 2013. This is all the more remarkable given Corvette production was halted for six months as the Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant prepared to build the 2014 Corvette Stingray. In November, Corvette sales jumped 229 percent year-over-year, as demand for the new Stingray continues to outstrip supply.

Camaro also outsold its closest competitor, the Ford Mustang, for the first 11 months of 2013. Camaro enters December with a 4,093-unit lead in total sales. More importantly, Camaro has an estimated 10,000-unit lead in retail sales. If that lead continues through the end of the year, 2013 will be the fourth consecutive year Camaro has been the best-selling sports car in the U.S.

Four new performance cars for 2014

The sales lead for Chevrolet is expected to accelerate as the brand adds four new performance cars to the lineup, including:

  • First full calendar year of sales of the 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan: The all-new SS, which went on sale in October, is based on a race-proven, global platform that underpins the Camaro, Caprice police vehicle and, in Australia, the high-performance Holden VF Commodore. Elements including lightweight aluminum hood and deck lid panels help give the SS a nearly 50/50 weight balance, while the performance of its 6.2L V-8 – rated at 415 horsepower – and six-speed automatic transmission enable 0-60 mph acceleration in five seconds flat.
  • First full year of sales of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible: The Stingray Convertible, which goes on sale this month, shares identical chassis tuning and performance technologies with the coupe, with structural changes limited to accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. As such, the Stingray Convertible requires no sacrifices for a drop-top driving experience, offering up to 460 horsepower /465 lb-ft with the available performance exhaust system; capable of more than 1 g in cornering; and sprinting from 0-60 in under 4 seconds.
  • Arrival of the 2014 Camaro Z/28: The Camaro Z/28, which arrives in dealerships in the second quarter of 2014, will be the most track-capable Camaro ever. Recently, the Z/28 logged a 7:37.40 lap on Germany’s legendary Nürburgring road course, a time comparable with some of the world’s most prestigious sports cars – and the Z/28 lap was completed in the rain.

Debut of the 2015 Corvette Z06: The all-new Corvette Z06 will make its public debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Production is expected to begin in late 2014.

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