General Motors introduced the extra high-performance Corvette Z06 at the Detroit Auto Show. General Motor’s Mark Reuss called the car “the big nasty,”. Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter says “It’s a Stingray on steroids,”. The Z06 features the LT4 a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 producing “at least” 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque. “The Z06 was GM’s fastest car ever when engineers tested it at the Milford Proving Grounds” Juechte said.
The Z06 will shift through either a seven-speed manual or the all-new 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet says there’s no performance sacrifice, declaring that “wide-open-throttle upshifts executed up to eight-hundredths of a second quicker than the dual-clutch in the Porsche 911.” Those who prefer an extra pedal will find the seven-speed manual fitted with a new dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch.
The aluminum frame of the Z06 is “essentially unchanged” from that used in the Corvette Racing C7.R. Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers are standard and driver-adjustable, as in the Stingray, and the electronic limited-slip differential is also included.
While the profile of the Z06 is similar to the Stingray, a closer look highlights no shortage of aerodynamic appendages designed for delivering more downforce. The car sports a new, aggressive carbon fiber hood and an adjustable rear spoiler, plus spats to decrease drag around the tires.
Production will start later this year at GM’s Bowling Green Corvette assembly plant in Kentucky. The car will go on sale in early 2015 with initial deliveries in Spring.