In-Depth with the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The Name Game: With looks inspired by the new Corvette race car and a power target inspired by the old ZR1, this thing really ought to be called something else.

February 2014

From the March 2014 Issue of Car and Driver:

What car are we describing? It’s a wedge-shaped, two-seat Chevrolet with a rear transaxle, a front-mounted pushrod 6.2-liter V-8 with an Eaton TVS supercharger nestled in its valley, and some carbon-fiber body pieces. It makes more than 600 horsepower, wears shocks filled with magnetorheological fluid, and is offered with carbon-ceramic brakes nearly as large as those fitted to the Bugatti Veyron 16.4.

If you guessed the dearly departed Corvette ZR1, you are correct. If, however, you guessed the 2015 Corvette Z06, you are also correct. If you guessed anything else, you’re reading the wrong magazine. Because of the upcoming Z06’s striking similarities to the ZR1, we’ve taken to thinking of the new car as the “ZR06.”

Yes, the rip-roaring, high-revving, naturally aspirated, 505-hp 7.0-liter LS7 of the previous Z06 is gone (though it lives on in the upcoming Camaro Z/28). That the new Z06 has a blown engine shouldn’t come as a surprise. We noted about a year ago that the standard Corvette Stingray’s instrument panel includes a digital boost-pressure gauge buried in the driver-information menus. Menus it no doubt shares with the new Z06.

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