Detroit Auto Show 2014: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
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Detroit Auto Show 2014: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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For when 460 horsepower just isn't enough, Chevy unleashes the new Corvette Z06 with at least 625 horsepower and some exotic styling cues as well.

What do you do when 460 horse just isn't enough? You come up with the new Corvette Z06 on the C7 platform. This guy will do a minimum of 625 horsepower, it's probably gonna be more than that when it hits the market, and some 635 foot pounds of torque. Now here's where that three digits power comes from, an all new V8 they call the LT4, next to its cousin the LT1 no slouch either. They did a couple of things here I wanna call out. First of all, dry-sump design, there is no traditional oil pan down there allowing it to have a shorter undercarriage, the oil that's pumped in and out under pressure instead, and they've also got a very compact blower here sitting almost entirely in the valley between the heads. Between those two dimensionally reducing feats, they've ended up with a very compact engine that they can allow to sit lower in the bay of the car that does good things for driving dynamics. But note, that brawny motor's actually got some lean and green build into it. It's got cylinder deactivation to run in 3 different modes: Four-cylinder, 8-cylinder without the blower engaged, and 8-cylinder with the blower engaged. I'll curious too what kind of MPG numbers they can score out of something so overpowering. Shipping that power to the final destination is either a seven-speed manual or a brand new eight-speed automatic. Now before you groan, Chevy says they benchmarked Porsche's PDK dual-clutch transmission and came out with quicker shifts, yet the smoother more livable everyday drivability of a traditional hydraulic automatic, that I'm looking forward to try. They also use the usual lightning tricks on a car like this of course. You got some carbon-fiber on the roof as well as in the torque tube that transfers the drive shaft back to the rear of the car and while this may look very familiar as a Stingray, it's actually got very little in common with exact body panels. Almost every one of them is slightly different in shape, as well as some of the facial trim all around the car. But perhaps the coolest tech actually came out just ahead of this car with something called the performance data recorder. It grabs forward video and overlays it with a variety of selectable driving telemetry. It's the first time a carmaker has built in what's traditionally been a specialty aftermarket toy. This vehicle is due out of September of 2014. We'll get the final horsepower number, which might even more eye-popping as well as the price right around that.

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