2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, most track-capable Vette

Corvette Z06-01

Chevrolet wheeled out what it calls the most track-capable Corvette in the brand’s history – the 2015 Corvette Z06 – at the recent 2014 NAIAS in Detroit. Based on the Corvette C7 Stingray, the latest Z06 boasts unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce, at least 625 hp from a supercharged engine, and an all-new eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The new LT4 6.2L engine is fortified with a 1.7L Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger, and is expected to deliver at least 625 hp and 861 Nm of torque. The direct-injection V8 can be matched with either a seven-speed manual (with Active Rev Match) or a new, high-performance 8L90 eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

“There’s no trade-off in drivability with the new eight-speed automatic transmission – it was designed to deliver performance on par with dual-clutch designs, but without sacrificing refinement. It is also the highest-capacity automatic transmission ever offered in a Chevrolet car,” said Bill Goodrich, assistant chief engineer for eight-speed automatic transmissions.

Corvette Z06-15

The aluminum frame is carried over from the Corvette Stingray and will be used essentially unchanged for the Corvette Racing C7.R. The stronger frame also allows for a removable carbon fibre roof panel.

Speaking of CF, an available carbon fibre aero package – in either black or a naked CF – adds a carbon fibre front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fibre rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill – a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler that significantly increases downforce.

A track-focused Z07 Performance Package adds unique components for improved aero downforce, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tyres and Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors. The latter improves braking performance and contributes to handling via reduced unsprung weight.

Although development testing is ongoing, the Z07 package has already recorded some of the fastest lap times ever for a Corvette, surpassing even the ZR1, Chevy says. The new Corvette Z06 will be available in early 2015 in America.

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • superdriver on Jan 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    F**cking beautiful…
    6.2 litre engine walau wei..if this was like r34 engine would have made the car really something. 6.2 for 625 hp and 800 something torque power can rip the tar of the road like nothing.

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  • superbird #43 on Jan 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    hopefully this car is going to be used as a pace car for Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Southern 500 and Coca Cola 600.

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  • Syameer on Jan 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Absolutely stunning! One of the best supercar ever designed!

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  • Bodoh Mat Salleh, do high cc cars and blame us for global warming.

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    • the size of an engine does not dictate the amount of co2 is released and also, I cant recall “mat sallehs” blaming Malaysians for global warming. I think you are listening too much grand mother stories.

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      • LogicMind on Feb 02, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        First world country has very strict emission control. Unlike Malaysia and other third world country where you can have trucks, old wiras, datsuns, and other “wreckage of a car” on the street emitting more hazardous gas than a v12 engine….

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  • Kim Cheng on Jan 30, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Too bad we drive on the wrong side compared to majority of the world.If not we would have Corvettes roaring in Malaysia

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    • Raishin on Jan 31, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      yeap roaring on your ass with all of your money. This car will cost a bombshell to own!

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      • superbird #43 on Jan 31, 2014 at 8:48 pm

        it is actually 1/4 cheaper than any of the European exotics like Ferrari or hyper-luxury cars like Rolls Royce and/or Maybach….
        its good on the race track, rubbish to drive on the street….

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    • noturaverageguy on Feb 02, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      the normal C7 got RHD in plan… so cross your finger

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  • it can be a good rival of SLS black…

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