Some ask why a Corvette? Why now? The answer is easy when reading the specs of the new Corvette Z06.
The Z06 rejoins the Corvette lineup for 2015 as the most capable model in the iconic car’s 62-year history. It stretches the performance envelope for Corvette with unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce. Coming in three different aerodynamic packages starting with the standard option, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 comes with an aggressive front splitter that extends down off of the front fascia. It also possesses a low profile rear spoiler with a set of wicker–flaps that stick straight up off of the back of the spoiler to create a tremendous amount of downforce with minimal drag. Everything else on the Corvette Z06 is standard across all models regardless of the aero package chosen, including the unique hood, front and rear brake cooling systems and the aggressive rear fascia with an integrated lower diffuser with quad exhaust tips.
When fitted with the Z07 package, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the most track capable and the best performing Corvette ever.
It was no doubt that the C6 ZR1 left massive shoes to fill with its blown LS9 producing 638hp and 604ft/lbs of torque. When rumors started flowing about this car before its production, Corvette engineering master Tadge Juechter said: “It is our aspiration to get to ZR1 power levels. If we can get there, we certainly will.” And boy did he not disappoint! GM came out with both barrels blazing using the standard aluminum LT4 block equipped with forged pistons, stronger custom-machined steel connecting rods, and titanium intake valves rotocast of A356T6 aluminum for greater strength and heat resistance. It also shares a compression ratio, variable-valve-timing and cylinder deactivation system with its Stingray brother. Strapping on a 1.7 liter blower which is slightly smaller than the ZR1’s 2.3, the new Z06 produces a staggering 650hp and 650ft/lbs of torque.
For the first time in GM’s history, the new Z06 will come with an automatic transmission. Sticking with its legendary roots in conventional torque-converter automatic transmissions, GM designed the all new 8L90 8 speed automatic. Chevrolet considered a dual-clutch automatic, similar to the PDK in the Porsche 911. Tadge Juechter claims that “the company couldn’t find a dual-clutch that could both fit into the Corvette’s hindquarters and handle the engine’s plentiful torque.” Instead, the team sought to match the shift speed of the 911’s PDK, something Chevy claims to have achieved with the paddle-shifted automatic. Either transaxle will be firmly connected to the engine with a Z06 specific carbon fiber torque tube that’s three times stiffer than the old Z06’s aluminum unit.
Suspension and brakes:
The C6 Z06 was only fitted with the magnetic shocks when buyers opted for the Z07 package. That package also forced buyers to purchase pricey carbon-ceramic brake rotors and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. From Tadge Juechter’s perspective, “making the automatically adjusting magnetic shocks standard means more time to fine-tune a single suspension arrangement instead of both a magnetic and standard one, it also reduces build complexity.” The basic suspension pieces are identical to the Stingray’s while the anti-roll bars, dampers, and bushings are much stiffer. Chevy will fit 14.6-inch two-piece brake rotors in front clenched by six-piston fixed calipers, and 14.4-inch two-piece rotors in back with four piston calipers. Those rotors are bigger than the standard Stingray’s brakes.
We at Dream Racing couldn’t be happier to welcome America’s latest answer to the German, Italian and Asian Supercar invasion. It is now available to drive starting at $299 for five laps, which is an amazing value compared to the incredible performance the Z06 Delivers. Talk to one of our Reservation Specialist’s to book your experience today.