Well, the moment Corvette enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting is nearly here.
Chevrolet announced today that the 2015 Corvette Z06 will be unveiled to the public in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the same place where the 2014 Corvette Stingray first saw the light of day a year earlier.
Chevy released a photo showing a much larger front fender vent on the Z06 and a partial view of the wheel, but we’ll have to wait a few more weeks to see how the complete package looks.
Click here to see a larger version of Corvette Z06 teaser image.
Nevertheless, in a press release, Chevrolet did call the Z06 “the most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis, and aerodynamic features.”
Interestingly, that same release noted that the 2015 Z06 – slated to enter production in late 2014 – will complete Chevrolet’s performance car lineup that also will include the Corvette Stingray Convertible, Camaro Z/28, and SS sedan.
Does that mean that the Z06 will be the ultimate C7, or will a ZR1 enter the picture later?
Regardless, Chevy can already boast of being America’s favorite performance car brand, according to Alan Batey, senior vice president, Global Chevrolet, “and for 2014 we are going to offer enthusiasts more choices than ever before. No other manufacturer will be able to match the breath of performance cars from Chevrolet.”
Consumers are definitely taking note of the work by Chevrolet’s engineers. The automaker has sold one out of every four performance cars in the U.S. in 2013, with the Corvette and Camaro both leading their segments.
The Corvette – despite seeing production shut down for six months while the assembly plant in Bowling Green switched over to production of the C7 – has seen sales jump 229 percent year-over-year and outsold its closest competitor, the Porsche 911, for the first 11 months of 2013.
Likewise, little brother Camaro also whipped its traditional foe, the Ford Mustang, during the same period, outselling it by 10,000 units in retail sales. That puts the Camaro on track to be the best-selling sports car in America for the fourth straight year.
Chevy expects its performance-car domination to do nothing but increase in 2014 with the first full calendar year of sales of the 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan, the first full year of sales of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible, the arrival of the most track-capable Camaro ever with the Z/28 coming in the second quarter of the year, and the debut of the 2015 Corvette Z06 late in the year.
It’s definitely a good time to be a performance car enthusiast in the United States.