And we're absolutely speechless.
You saw the leaked photos a few days ago, but today complete details and additional images of the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 have arrived. Straight from the Detroit Auto Show, the new Z06 is nothing short of stunning. Powered by an all-new LT4 6.2-liter supercharged V8 paired to either an updated seven-speed manual or an all-new eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters, the Z06 has a total output of at least 625 horsepower and 635 lb-ft of torque.
Regarding that eight-speed, Chevy claims it can perform upshifts up to eight hundredths of a second quicker than those of the dual-clutch offered in the Porsche 911. In order to maintain a proper balance between power and efficiency, the LT4 features direct injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing. The Z06 also has an aluminum frame nearly identical to that from the race going C7.R. You'll also notice the new mesh grille up front, which allows for increased airflow to the engine. That air escapes through a large vent in the new carbon-fiber hood and massive front fender vents. Brembo brakes come as standard.
Compared to the base Stingray, the Z06 is also wider, thanks in part to those lightweight aluminum wheels that are 1.5 inches wider up front and two inches wider at the rear. All told, the Z06 is 2.2 inches wider up front and 3.15 inches out back than the Stingray. The optional Z07 Performance Package adds Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip and Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors for improved braking performance. During testing, the Z07 package recorded lap times even faster than those of the ZR1. Other available levels of aerodynamic downforce include a front splitter and the rear spoiler from the Z/51 Performance Pack.
For those who want even greater downforce, there's an optional carbon-fiber aero package that adds a front splitter, rocker panels, and an even larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill. The Z06's suspension is a more highly tuned version of the Stingray's, featuring Magnetic Ride Control and an electronic limited-slip differential. The interior features a flat-bottom steering wheel, GT or Sport seats, Napa leather, and plenty of aluminum, carbon fiber and micro-suede. And, for the first time, the Z06 features a removable roof panel. Amazingly, the car is 20 percent stiffer than the ZR1 with the panel removed and 60 percent stiffer when it's on. Sales will begin early next year.