by Tony West
The 2013 release of the Stingray put Corvette at the top spot among American-made sportcars. The Corvette outsold the Ford Mustang and the Porsche 911 in 2013. And it helped Chevy account for ¼ of sportscar sales in the US. This winter Chevy showed off the 2015 Corvette Z06, 2014 Stingray Convertible, and the 2014 Camaro Z/28 with a stuntastic display at the Detroit Auto Show. Chevy says the 2015 Corvette Z06 will be the most rack capable Corvette every made.
The compact race-ready Corvette Z06 is intricately designed for maximum aerodynamics and airflow. The rigid aluminum frame that mimics the C7-R allows for supreme handling. The purposely sporty exterior features large hood vents and flared fenders. A large front spitter and spats around the front wheel opening enhance airflow.
The Stingray has stylish 19 inch front wheels and 20 inch rear wheels. The Z06 also has a carbon fiber removable roof panel and carbon fiber hood. The mesh grille outlet, large front fender vents, and air blades at the rear fenders enhance cooling.
An available Carbon Fiber Package adds a carbon fiber front spitter, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a large rear spoiler. The Z07 Package adds larger winglet in the front spitter helping the Z06 generate the most downforce of any GM vehicle.
The new Corvette Z06 comes standard with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The performance engine has direct injection and continuous variable valve timing. The Z06 offers a 7-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match or an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Active Fuel Management adds fuel efficiency to the thrilling powertrain.
Standard is the 3rd rendering of the infamous Magnetic Ride Control that continuously fine-tunes suspension in various road conditions. Electric Limited Slip Differential with a hydraulically actuated clutch optimizes steering, handling, and traction.
The Corvette Z06 has sport suspension, Stabilitrak, and Electronic Stability Control. A Drive Mode Selector has Launch Control for maximum acceleration from a standing stop. In Track mode Performance Track Management adjusts torque and braking.
The stylish interior of the Corvette Z06 features Napa Leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and micro suede. A GT seat or competition sport seat is available.