It’s not nearly as challenging to build a high-powered car if you don’t have to worry about gas mileage.
But the engineers at Chevrolet do, thanks to government mandates, so they are buckling down and taking it a step further for the upcoming supercharged Corvette Z06, according to a story from Automotive News.
Not only will the Z06 have the highest horsepower of any General Motors production car ever produced at 650, but it will also be one of the most fuel-efficient cars of its kind. Apparently that means it will get even better mileage than the much-lower-powered 2013 Z06, which was rated at 24 mpg on the highway.
Months before its introduction, the Z06 continues to amaze as its new eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission will reportedly shift faster and smoother than the dual-clutch automatic in the Porsche 911 Turbo S, according to Larry Nitz, GM’s chief engineer for transmissions.
That’s even more impressive when you consider the Z06 will have 90 more hp and 134 more lb-ft of torque than the 911, while expected to weigh several hundred pounds less than the Porsche. We don’t know the exact weight of the new Z06, but the 2013 model (without the new lightweight aluminum frame of the 2015) weighed nearly 400 pounds less than the 911.
Buried in this story, though, was even more interesting news for Corvette enthusiasts.
GM and Ford are collaborating on a new generation of nine- and 10-speed automatic transmissions, with one to make its debut in late 2015.
Ford is engineering the 10-speeds to be used in rear-wheel-drive vehicles, while GM is working on the nine-speeds for front and all-wheel-drive vehicles.
We wonder if that means the eight-speed automatic offered in the 2015 Stingray might be replaced by an even more impressive 10-speed automatic in the coming years? After all, the Corvette is a rear-wheel-drive car.
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