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Corvette To Introduce the 2015 Z06 in Detroit

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On: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 11:38AM | By: Chris Weiss


Corvette To Introduce the 2015 Z06 in Detroit

Chevy plans to carry its 2013 barrage of sports and muscle cars at American auto shows into 2014. It all started at the 2013 North American International Auto Show with the debut of the highly anticipated C7 Corvette Stingray. The Corvette hard-top was officially joined by a convertible at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show a couple months later. Chevy turned its attention to the Camaro—specifically the Z/28—at the New York Auto Show, and it showed some tricked-out versions of both the Corvette and Camaro at the recent SEMA Show. Now it's turning its attention to 2014, where it will start off the year with yet another big Corvette debut, showing the 2015 Corvette Z06 package in Detroit.

Chevy teases that the new Z06 will be the "most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercarlevels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features." It will be the latest member of Chevy's new performance car line-up, joining other recent additions like the Corvette Stingray Convertible, Camaro Z/28, and SS sedan.

"Chevrolet is America’s favorite performance car brand, and for 2014 we are going to offer enthusiasts more choices than ever before," said Alan Batey, senior vice president, Global Chevrolet. "No other manufacturer will be able to match the breadth of performance cars from Chevrolet."

Chevy is just teasing the debut for now, leaving the actual details for NAIAS 2014, or at least closer to it. The 2013 (C6) Z06 uses a 7.0-liter V8 engine for 505-hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, so we expect a healthy increase from there on the 2014 model. With a number of race-derived components made from lightweight materials like titanium and carbon fiber, the Z06 is the lightest of any 2013 Corvette model, coming in at a pound under 3,200. Those elements combine to put the Z06 at 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. The driver has access to up to 198 mph of speed at his foot.

Despite shutting Corvette production down for six months to retool for the 2014 Stingray, Chevy says that it outsold its nearest competitor—the Porsche 911—through the first 11 months of the year. Last month, the all-new Stingray helped push the Corvette to a 229-percent boost in year-over-year sales.

The Z06 promises to be one of the more interesting debuts at NAIAS 2014, which opens up to the media on January 13. Stay tuned for more coverage of this debut and other new cars as the Detroit show draws closer.




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