Chevrolet officially revealed the performance statistics for the 2015 Corvette Z06 this afternoon and the numbers should put a lot of smiles out there in the Corvette Nation. The new C7 super car is the fastest production Corvette ever built and one of the few sports cars on the market that’s a member of the 10-second quarter mile club right out of the box.
Proving that the 2015 Corvette Z06 belongs to an elite club of production cars with more than 600 horsepower, Chevrolet is showing off a graph on just where the Z06 comes in comparison with others in same class.
It’s official! The all new 2015 Corvette Z06 had its LT4 engine certified by SAE and the numbers are sure to leave any Corvette enthusiast smiling. At 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, the Z06 will be the most powerful production car ever made by General Motors.
General Motors announced this week that they have begun construction of a state-of-the-art facility for race engine design and development that will also include an electric motor laboratory and a gear center. The new building is expected to be opened and in use by mid-2015 and completed by early 2016.
The Center represents GM’s continuing investment in motorsports that stems from the time-tested belief that racing is the ultimate proving ground for much of the technology in the vehicles that GM sells.
A few months ago, GM President Mark Reuss perked up the ears of Corvette enthusiasts when he said the idea of a production hybrid ‘Vette was “a very attractive idea.”
Well, Chevy has been beaten to the punch by a company named Quanta, which manufactures replacement parts like fuel tanks and radiators.
Yesterday we shared the instrumented testing data of the 2014 Corvette Stingray from Edmunds.com and now this morning we can also share Motor Trend’s test of the C7.
Motor Trend tested both a Z51 Stingray with a a 7-Speed manual at GM’s proving grounds, but they also had the opportunity to test a Z51 Stingray with an automatic transmission on public roads in Central California. So their review contains both performance estimates from their tests as well as the more subjective review from driving the Stingray on public streets.
Looks like several of the automotive magazines and websites got their chance to drive the 2014 Corvette Stingray recently as we’ve saw a number of tweets hit just after 5:00 pm ET today with links to articles and videos by the likes of Edmunds, Motor Trend and Automobile Magazine.
The testing was held at GM’s proving grounds and Edmunds provides this video showing the new Stingray undergoing instrumented track testing which includes 0-60, quarter mile, braking, slalom, and skidpad.
Chevrolet released the performance estimates this morning for the all new 2014 Corvette Stingray and we guarantee that these numbers will sure make a lot of folks happy! We’ve been told that new “base” Stingray would be right up there in C6 Z06 territory and it looks like that claim is mostly spot on! Equipped with the Z51 performance package, the new C7 Corvette has a 3.8 second 0-60 mph estimate, and in the quarter miles does 12.0 seconds at 119 mph!
Over the last few days, we’ve been discussing the final horsepower numbers for the 2014 Corvette Stingray’s revolutionary new V8 engine. Mixed messages and leaked docs pointed to that number being 455 HP, and it turns out that’s correct, however, GM today finally made it official by saying the new Stingray Coupe actually makes more than that when equipped with the optional performance exhaust.