The 2015 Corvette Z06 builds not only on the strengths of the 2014 Corvette Stingray which debuted exactly one year earlier, but also through its racing experience and technology transfer with the C6.R race car along with Chevrolet’s experience in delivering mind-numbing performance throughout the later half of the C6 era with the Corvette ZR1.
In fact, the Corvette Z06 is better than the previous King of the Hill in a number of ways, not just measured by performance, but by the driving experience that it offers.
It’s the first Corvette Z06 to offer a supercharged engine. It’s the first Corvette Z06 to offer an automatic transmission. And thanks to its stronger aluminum frame, its the first Corvette Z06 to have a removable roof panel.
The 6.2L LT4 delivers over 625 horsepower and an estimated 635+ lb-ft of torque. Slightly different numbers than those that were leaked last week. Customers can choose either a seven-speed manual transmission with active rev match technology or the all new high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual control.
“The new Z06 delivers levels of performance, technology and design that rival the most exotic supercars in the world,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. “And the Z06 leverages the engineering expertise of GM, offering the choice of two world-class transmissions, supercar performance without supercar fuel consumption, and technologies that make it easier to fully enjoy the incredible experience of driving it.”
Carried over and enhanced from the C6 program is the optional track-focused Z07 Performance Package which adds Michelin’s Pilot Super Sport Cup Tires for enhanced grip, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes for stopping power and unique aerodynamic components that create massive downforce to keep those tires on the road.