Chevrolet has been teasing us with 2015 Corvette Z06 details for months now, with headline figures like 650HP to whet our appetite, but its taken until now for the number we've arguably been most interested in: the price. As the most powerful Corvette that Chevrolet has ever produced, estimates had been high, and so the actual figures may come as something of a surprise.
The 2015 Corvette Z06 will kick off at $78,995 in coupe form, Chevrolet says, and be offered in 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ trims. Whichever version it is, there'll be a 6.2-liter V8 engine good for 650 HP horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, thanks to a new supercharger.
As for the Z06 convertible, that will start at $83,995.
Throw $2,995 at the car, and Chevrolet will add on the Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package, promising increased stability at high speeds. That includes a carbon fiber front splitter and rocker panels, as well as a larger rear spoiler.
Then there's the Z07 Performance Package. $7,995 gets you Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors, lighter than the regular versions, as well as grippier Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires. It also adds adjustable front and rear aerodynamic parts to the Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package, improving on downforce.
As standard, both coupe and convertible versions get Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers, Performance Traction Management (in Track mode), Launch Control for both auto and manual transmissions, and an electronic limited-slip diff.
Other options include full leather for the interior, the Performance Data Recorder that records track day video and telemetry (and which Chevy has also turned into a valet monitor), sports seats, carbon fiber trim, and a carbon fiber roof panel for the coupe.
Deliveries of the 2015 Corvette Z06 will kick off in early 2015.