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2015 Corvette Z06: New PHOTOS, Specs Reveal Price, Engine Details, Super Fast Yellow and Black Chevrolet Car Exposed
Chevrolet just released new images of the new 2015 Corvette Z06.
The Z06 has an estimated 625 horsepower and 635 lb.-ft of torque. It has a front-engine, RWD with 2-pass, 2-door hatchback layout. It sports a 6.2L/635-hp (est)/645-lb-ft (est) supercharged OHV 16-valve V-8 engine with 7-speed manual, 8-speed auto transmissions. It weighs 3,450 lbs and goes to 0 to 60mph in 3.4-3.6 seconds.
The base price is an estimated $85,000.
So how does Chevrolet describe the fast, wife and low-riding yellow and black car?
"It's a Stingray on steroids," Tadge Juechter, chief of Corvette development said, trying to sum up the C7 Z06 in a nifty sentence, according to MotorTrend.com. "We tried to bring a ZR1 level of performance down to the Z06, but this car is also a lot more balanced than ZR1."
Motor Trend reported that Juechter hinted that in early testing at GM's proving grounds, the Z06 turned in figures roughly on par with the Blue Devil.
"The new 6.2-liter LT4 engine is based on the Stingray's LT1 architecture with an emphasis on low-end torque," explained Jordan Lee, chief Chevy Small Block engineer. "There's still a lot of work to do, but it'll have 625 horsepower plus -- emphasis on the 'plus' -- and 635-lb-ft of torque."
Motor Trend further described:
Lee goes on to explain that titanium intake valves, dry-sump oiling, direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing are all found here. So is an ultra-compact Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger with an integrated air-to-water intercooler, both located in the valley between the V-spaced cylinder heads, allowing the engine to sit just 1 inch taller than in the LT1. The intercooler is 2 percent more efficient than the LS9's, and low-end torque is significantly improved over the infamous ZR1. The hood of the Z06 is carbon fiber with larger vents and more clearance to accommodate the blower.
What about the transmission?
"The eight-speed transmission is designed to give fuel economy without sacrificing performance," said Bill Goodrich, assistant chief engineer on RWD automatics.
"We used Porsche's PDK for reference," he added. "Our upshift times under full throttle are actually slightly quicker than the Porsche's."
The new Corvette was revealed at the North American International Auto Show from Detroit on Jan. 13. It will hit Chevy showrooms in late 2015.
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