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.