The show saw over 50 major automotive debuts, including Ford’s new aluminum-intensive F-150, the new Chrysler 200, Toyota’s FT-1 sports car concept, Kia’s GT4 Stinger Concept, and BMW’s new M3 and M4, plus many others. Among all these debuts, the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 stood out as a definite highlight.
Chevrolet is calling the 2015 Corvette Z06 "the most track capable Corvette in the brand’s history." It features a supercharged 6.2-litre engine that is expected to deliver a whopping 625 horsepower and 635 lb-ft of torque, and is the first supercharged
To allow all that power to be put to good use, the Z06 is fitted with larger tires than the C7 Stingray on which it is based, with P285/30ZR19 front tires (1.5 inches wider than the Stingray’s) and P335/25ZR20 rear tires (two inches wider than the Stingray’s). To cover the wider tires, the fenders of the Z06 were extended by 2.2 inches (56 mm) at the front, and 3.15 inches (80 mm) at the rear.
An aggressive aerodynamics package develops generous amounts of downforce to keep the car glued to the road in corners and stable at speed, while larger vents provide more cooling air to the engine, transmission, differential, and brakes for increased
For those who want even better aerodynamic performance, there’s also an available carbon-fibre aero package that adds a larger rear spoiler, a carbon fibre front splitter with winglets, and carbon fibre rocker panels. Stepping up another notch is the Z07 package with larger winglets on the front splitter and an adjustable see-through centre section on the rear spoiler for track use. This package produces the most downforce of any production car that GM has tested.
“Our mission with the seventh-generation Corvette was to make the performance levels more accessible, enabling drivers to exploit every pound-foot of torque, every “g” of grip and every pound of downforce,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “It’s a philosophy we introduced with the 460-horsepower Corvette Stingray – and one that’s even more relevant with an estimated 625 horsepower at your beck and call.”
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