Chevrolet lifted the skirt Monday on the next iteration of the legendary Corvette Z06 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Bowing in early 2015, the C7 will pack an estimated 625hp and 635 ft-lbs of torque from its supercharged 6.2L LT4 power plant. We were on hand for the big reveal in Motown and our gallery from the event awaits you just beyond the Read More button below.
The Chevrolet display was jam packed with media well before the 10am reveal start time just as it was last year when the Stingray made its debut. At 9:30 a caravan of Corvettes left the GM Tech Center in Warren en route for Cobo Hall where the NAIAS is held. The big screen above the display followed their south bound progress. The group was led by a pair of C7 Indianapolis pace cars which, in turn, were followed by a Chevy Silverado towing a camouflaged Corvette Z06 on a trailer. As the group drew nearer to Cobo, the caravan continued to grow until roughly 50 Corvettes made up the Z06’s escort. Once inside, the Z06 rolled out from back stage and the camouflage was removed to expose the new beast is all of its Velocity Yellow glory. Once parked GM execs Mark Reuss and Dan Amman gave some quick remarks, revealed the sassy new C7.R racecar (which we’ll show you a little later), and then turned the stage over to the swarming media.
Chevrolet had 2 Z06’s on display as well as a cutaway car. So technically 2.5 Z06’s we guess. Both cars were the top of the line models sporting the track-spec Z07 package. The aforementioned Velocity Yellow car had the all-new 8 speed manual transmission while its new “Shark Gray” counterpart had the 7 speed manual. The Yellow car also sported the black interior as well as black wheels and yellow brake calipers. The gray Z06 was equipped with the Brownstone interior, silver wheels, and red calipers. We couldn’t decide which one we liked best. We can tell you that, in person, the new Z06 has an extremely menacing appearance. The 3 inch wider fenders, exaggerated front splitter, and uber tall rear wing give notice that this is Corvette ready to romp and stomp on the race track. It’s easy to see why GM says this car creates the most down force of any car they’ve ever built in addition to being the most capable Corvette of all time.
All day long the Chevy stage was packed with media from around the world to peruse GM’s latest supercar. If you couldn’t be there in person, don’t worry. You’ve got our gallery from Detroit below for your viewing enjoyment.
Here is an official video from Chevrolet featuring Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter doing a walk around of the 2015 Corvette Z06: