These exclusive Car-Revs-Daily.com photos of the Corvette Z06 in Amelia Island in March are still some of the best out there.
But Gene Leeds from Leeds.io and CorvetteForum.com certainly has my skills beat when it comes to detail shots from the NY auto show.
Leeds captures not only the production Z06 hardtop and convertible in stunning, high-res detail — he also has a look all around the display car’s chassis, suspension and inner workings.
A huge thankyou to Gene Leeds for his permission to use these photos. More updates on his new website as it becomes available.
Back to 2015 Corvette Z06!
The car will pack 650-horsepower and 650-pound-feet of torque in confirmed tech specs below. Delivery dates are now quoted as “Early 2015” and it appears that some of the most hardcore aero and tire upgrades are bundled into a Z07 package. That’s right – the Z06 Z07. This includes the rear spoiler and perhaps the front splitter as well – delivering lap times that best the previous ZR-1 in the process.
Pricing is not confirmed, but we speculate about $90,000 as a base price with a $100,000 out-the-door tally with the Z07 package — with the Z06 cabrio costing about $5,000 more.
2015 Corvette Z06
2015 Corvette Z06
EXTERIOR DETAIL PHOTOS
2015 Corvette Comparison
|2014 CORVETTE STINGRAY||2015 CORVETTE Z06||2015 CORVETTE Z06 with Z07 package||Corvette C7.R race car|
|Engine displacement (liters / cu in):||6.2 / 376||6.2 / 376||6.2 / 376||5.5 / 336|
|Induction system:||naturally aspirated||supercharged||supercharged||naturally aspirated|
|Fuel system:||direct injection||direct injection||direct injection||direct injection|
|Oiling system:||wet sump||dry sump||dry sump||dry sump|
|Horsepower (hp / kW):||460 / 339||650 / 650||650 / 650||TBD|
|Transmission:||7-speed manual or 6-speed automatic||7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic||7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic||6-speed manual (racing-spec sequential)|
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||106.7 / 2710||106.7 / 2710||106.7 / 2710||106.6 / 2708|
|Length (in / mm):||176.9 / 4493||176.9 / 4492||176.9 / 4492||TBD|
|Width (in / mm):||73.9 / 1877||75.9 / 1929||75.9 / 1929||80.7 / 2050|
|Height (in / mm):||48.6 / 1235 (coupe)||48.6 / 1235||48.6 / 1235||45.3 / 1151|
|Front and Rear Suspension:||short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum control arms, transverse-mounted composite springs; standard monotube shock absorbers, available, Magnetic Selective Ride Control||short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum control arms, transverse-mounted composite springs, Magnetic Selective Ride Control||short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum control arms, transverse-mounted composite springs, Magnetic Selective Ride Control||short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, fabricated steel upper and lower control arms, coil-over adjustable shock absorbers|
|Brakes:||steel rotors; four-piston front and rear calipers||steel rotors; Aluminum six piston Monbloc fixed calipers, aluminum four-piston rear calipers||carbon ceramic rotors; Aluminum six piston Monbloc fixed caliper, aluminum four piston Monbloc fixed rear calipers||steel rotors; six-piston monobloc front calipers, six-piston rear calipers|
|Front brake rotors:||12.6 x 1.2 in320 x 30 mm||14.6 x 1.3 in370 x 34 mm||15.5 x 1.4 in394 X 36 mm||14.8 x 1.4378 x 35|
|Rear brake rotors:||13.3 x 0.9 in338 x 23 mm (std)||14.4 x 1 in365 x 26 mm||15.3 x 1.3 in390 x 32 mm||14.0 x 1.3355 x 32|
|Wheels:||18 x 8.5 in front19 x 10 in rear (std)||19 x 10 in front20 x 12 in rear||19 x 10 in front20 x 12 in rear||18 x 12.5 / 18 x 13|
|Tires:||Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat|
front: P245/40R18rear: P285/35R19
|Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat|
front: P285/30ZR19rear: P335/25ZR20
|Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 run-flat|
front: P285/30ZR19rear: P335/25ZR20
|Michelin racing tiresfront: 30/68-18|
Additional Photo Credits for Above images
Previous article text.
The Z06 has only been shown in public four times since its Detroit show debut in January. It attended the auto shows of Chicago, Geneva, KC and Dallas — but otherwise has been trapped in captivity when in public.
Do you remember how cooped-up KingKong felt upon arrival from overseas?
The Z06 looked similarly ready to explode off this show stand. It is ready to squash Porsche 911 GT3s and perhaps even a few Italian exotics as well.
Great to see this rule-breaker has escaped the convention center fluorescent bulbs ahead of its first deliveries later of this year.
The Z06 is shockingly-different from the standard 2014 Corvette Stingray.
The convertible sitting beside the Z06 showed the huge leap in track-ready visual aggression from all sides of the Z06.
If only it could fast-forward time itself and arrive sooner…!
|Model:||Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe and convertible|
|Body styles / driveline:||2-door hatchback coupe with removable roof panel or 2-door convertible; rear-wheel drive|
|Construction:||composite and carbon-fiber body panels, hydroformed aluminum frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components|
|Manufacturing location:||Bowling Green, Ky.|
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|LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8|
|Displacement (cu in / cc):||376 / 6162|
|Bore & stroke (in / mm):||4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92|
|Block material:||cast aluminum|
|Cylinder head material:||cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain:||overhead valve, two valves per cylinder|
|Fuel delivery:||direct injection|
|Lubrication system:||dry sump|
|Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):||650 / 485 @ 6400 – SAE certified|
|Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):||650/ 881 @ 3600 – SAE certified|
|Max. engine speed (rpm):||6600|
|Recommended fuel:||premium recommended, not required|
|GM-estimated fuel economy||TBD|
INTERIOR DETAIL PHOTOS
|Type:||Seven-speed manual with Active Rev Match||Paddle-shift eight-speed, electronically controlled automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch|
|Gear ratios (:1)|
|Final drive ratio:||3.42||2.85|
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|Front:||short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber|
|Rear:||short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber|
|Active handling:||Magnetic Selective Ride Control|
|Traction control:||StabiliTrak electronic stability control|
|Steering type:||variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist|
|Steering gear ratio:||12.0 to 16.4|
|Turns lock to lock||2.53|
|Turning circle, curb to curb|
(ft / m):
|37.7 / 11.5|
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|Type:||front and rear power-assisted discs with two-piece steel rotors; fixed six-piston aluminum front calipers and fixed four-piston aluminum rear calipers; carbon ceramic matrix rotors with Z07 pkg.|
|Rotor diameter (in / mm):||front – Z06 : 14.6 / 371|
front – Z06 w/Z07: 15.5 / 394
rear – Z06: 14.4 / 365
rear – Z06 w/Z07: 15.3 / 388
|Rotor thickness (in / mm):||front – Z06 : 1.3 / 33|
front – Z06 w/Z07: 1.4 / 36
rear – Z06: 1 / 25
rear – Z06 w/Z07: 1.3 / 33
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|Wheel size:||front: 19-inch x 10-inch|
rear: 20-inch x 12-inch
|Tires:||Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat (Z06)|
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (Z07)
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|Wheelbase (in / mm):||106.7 / 2710|
|Overall length (in / mm):||176.9 / 4493|
|Overall width (in / mm):||77.1 / 1957|
|Overall height (in / mm):||48.6 / 1235 (coupe)|
48.6 / 1235 (convertible)
|Track (in / mm):||63 / 1600 (front)|
61.7 / 1567 (rear)
|Curb weight (lb / kg):||TBD|
(% front / rear):
|50 / 50|
|Headroom (in / mm):||38 / 962|
|Leg room (in / mm):||43 / 1092|
|Shoulder room (in / mm):||55 / 1397|
|Hip room (in / mm):||54 / 1371|
|Interior volume (cu ft / L):||52 / 1475|
|Cargo volume (cu ft / L):||Coupe: 15 / 425|
Convertible: 10 / 283
|Fuel capacity (gal / L):||18.5 / 70|
|Engine oil (qt / L):||9.75 / 9.2|
|Engine cooling system|
(qt / L):
|11.3 / 10.7|
Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.
Official release below.
2015 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 IS MOST CAPABLE, EVER
- Enters supercar territory with race-proven design, advanced technologies and world-class performance
- With track-focused Z07 performance package, 2015 Corvette Z06 delivers faster lap times than 2013 Corvette ZR1
- First Corvette Z06 to offer supercharged engine, removable roof panel and available paddle-shift automatic transmission
DETROIT – Chevrolet today introduced the most track-capable Corvette in the brand’s history – the 2015 Corvette Z06. It stretches the performance envelope for Corvette with unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce, at least 625 horsepower from an all-new supercharged engine, and an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission – all building on the advanced driver technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray.
“The new Z06 delivers levels of performance, technology and design that rival the most exotic supercars in the world,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. “And the Z06 leverages the engineering expertise of GM, offering the choice of two world-class transmissions, supercar performance without supercar fuel consumption and technologies that make it easier to fully enjoy the incredible experience of driving it.”
The 2015 model is the first Corvette Z06 to offer a supercharged engine, an automatic transmission and, thanks to a stronger aluminum frame, a removable roof panel. The new, supercharged 6.2L engine is expected to deliver at least 625 horsepower (466 kW), and can be matched with either a seven-speed manual or an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual control. The aluminum frame carries over from the Corvette Stingray and will be used essentially unchanged for the Corvette Racing C7.R.
A track-focused Z07 Performance Package adds unique components for true aerodynamic downforce, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip, and Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to greater handling through 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.
“The Corvette Z06 is a great example of the technology transfer between racing and production Corvettes,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “First, we took what we learned on the Corvette Racing C6.R and applied that to the all-new Corvette Stingray. Then, using the Stingray as a foundation, the Z06 and C7.R were developed to push the envelope of performance on the street and the track.”
Supercharged, efficient performance
The heart of the 2015 Corvette Z06 is the all-new LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, expected to deliver an estimated 625 horsepower (466 kW) and 635 lb-ft of torque (861 Nm). To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray: Direct injection, Active Fuel Management, or cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing.
These technologies – combined with the fuel-efficient multi-speed transmissions, aerodynamic design and lightweight construction – help make the new Z06 surprisingly fuel efficient.
“The supercharged LT4 engine delivers the greatest balance of performance and efficiency ever in the Corvette,” said John Rydzewski, assistant chief engineer for Small-Block engines. “It is one of the world’s only supercharged engines to incorporate cylinder deactivation technology, enabling it to cruise efficiently on the highway with reduced fuel consumption, but offer more than 600 horsepower whenever the driver calls up its tremendous power reserve.”
To maintain the Z06’s mass and performance targets, the LT4 engine was designed with a more-efficient, more-compact supercharger. Even with its integrated supercharger/intercooler assembly mounted in the valley between the cylinder heads, the engine is only about one inch (25 mm) taller than the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 engine – while delivering nearly 37 percent more horsepower and 40 percent more torque.
The new 1.7L Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger spins at up to 20,000 rpm – 5,000 rpm more than the supercharger on the Corvette ZR1’s LS9. The rotors are shorter in length, too, which contributes to their higher-rpm capability – and enables them to get up to speed quicker, producing power-enhancing boost earlier in the rpm band. That boost is achieved more efficiently, thanks to a new, more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine.
The LT4 engine also has several unique features designed to support its higher output and the greater cylinder pressures created by forced induction, including:
Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional heads
Lightweight titanium intake valves and machined connecting rods for reduced reciprocating mass
High 10.0:1 compression ratio – for a forced-induction engine – enhances performance and efficiency and is enabled by direct injection
Forged aluminum pistons with unique, stronger structure to ensure strength under high cylinder pressures
Stainless steel exhaust headers and an aluminum balancer that are lighter than their LT1 counterparts
Standard dry-sump oiling system with larger cooler capacity than Z51; used with dual-pressure-control oil pump.
The LT4 will be built in Tonawanda, N.Y., and at the new Performance Build Center in Bowling Green, Ky.
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