The first 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 may have fetched $1 million at a charity auction back in April, but fortunately the asking price for the rest of us is more within reach. For $78,995 or $83,995 including delivery for the coupe and first-ever Z06 convertible, respectively, you can take home the highest performance and most powerful production car ever to roll off the General Motors line.
It costs $3995 more than the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28—a track behemoth in its own right—but the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 should easily convince you to part with that sum. At its heart is a tremendous 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V-8 engine commanding 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the car’s immense power, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 receives selectable Magnetic Ride Control, variable Performance Traction Management, launch control, and an electronic limited-slip differential. For the first time, the Z06 is available with an optional eight-speed automatic transmission, and in both coupe and convertible body styles.
Full performance figures are still unavailable, but we know that this mean new Z06 will outperform the 2013 Corvette ZR1. That ‘Vette, saddled with a 638-hp supercharged V-8, sprinted from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds on its way to a 205-mph top speed. More power, a 20-percent stiffer chassis, and upgraded aerodynamics suggest that the latest, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will post even more impressive figures.
In addition to the engine, standard performance upgrades for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 include a plastic front aero splitter, a carbon-fiber hood, and a rear spoiler migrated over from the regular Stingray’s Z51 performance package. There’s a good chance that Z06 buyers have a penchant for the track, and many will have no qualms about coughing up $2995 for the Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package. The lightweight performance package further ramps up aerodynamic downforce with a winglet-laden carbon-fiber front splitter (replacing the plastic unit), carbon fiber rocker panels, and a fixed-wickerbill rear spoiler. Black finish is available, as is the more hardcore, exposed carbon fiber finish.
To keep would-be competitors even further in the Z06’s wake, buyers can instead fork over $7995 for the King-Kong of aerodynamic downforce upgrades—the Z07 package. This one absolutely goes to 7, thanks to beefier front-splitter winglets and an adjustable rear spoiler for fine-tuning your track experience. Also thrown into the Z07 package are carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes and track-prepped Michelin Pilot Super Cup tires for the ultimate in fade-free stopping power and grip.
Full pricing and equipment details will be revealed down the line, at which point we’ll know the ins and outs of the 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ trim levels for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. For now, we do know that interior appointments such as Napa leather seating, Competition Sport or GT seats, and carbon fiber or suede trim will be offered. Other goodies such as navigation and the new Performance Data Recorder with parking-attendant-spying Valet Mode will be available, as well.
Enthusiasts have long raved about the Z06’s back-for-your buck performance, and that might not ever be truer than now with the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The supercharged 650-hp LT4 V-8 is the eighth-most powerful production engine currently sold in the U.S., but only the Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat’s 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 is anywhere near as affordable at $60,990. Each of the more-powerful models bear super high-end luxury crests from exotic companies Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, and Lamborghini.
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will arrive in U.S. dealerships in early 2015. Check back for more details on the Z06, as well as our first drive of the coupe and convertible sometime in the fall.