- V8 (Est.)
- Horsepower @ RPM:
- 600 (Est.)
- 6.2 L (Est.)
- 0-60 time:
- 3.6 sec. (Est.)
- Top Speed:
- 200 mph (Est.)
With the new 2014 Corvette Stingray hitting showrooms soon, we can only assume that Chevy will be revealing higher-performance versions in the near future. One of these new high-performance versions is the successor to the Z06, which rumors point to it carrying the "Z07" name.
The Corvette Z07 will keep enthusiasts happy until the the new ZR1 model hits the market late in this generation’s product cycle.
Just like the Z06 , the Z07 model, will likely feature a sportier suspension system, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and larger Michelin tires to help keep the speedy `Vette glued to the road. Rumors suggest that the Z07 will carry a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 600 horsepower and mates to a Tremec TR-6070, seven-speed manual transmission.
Savvy spy shooters have caught the Z07 out and about testing on several occasions, and we have created a rendering (above) to help give you a better idea of what to expect. We anticipate seeing the Z07 debut in early 2015, which points to it bowing in at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show .
Updated 12/03/2013: Chevrolet officially confirmed today that the new 2015 Corvette Z06 will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. It will be "most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features."
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z07.
gallery: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
We based our rendering on the 2014 Corvette Stingray, but we added in plenty of elements to set it apart from the standard Stingray lineup. We added in a carbon-fiber front splitter, side skirts and rear spoiler to give the `Vette a more aggressive look. We also tossed in black wheels, new blacked-out grille, a vent in front of the rear wheels and, of course, the obligatory "Z07" badges.
Just as Chevrolet will do with its Corvette, SRT will also unveil a higher performance version of the new Viper. The 2015 SRT Viper ACR will offer a more aggressive exterior look, bigger brakes, adjustable dampers and a set of low-weight wheels with ultra-high-performance tires.
Under the hood, the model will offer the same 8.4-liter all-aluminum V-10 engine found in the standard Viper, but tricked to deliver at least an extra 100 horsepower.
A model closer in specs figures with the upcoming Corvette Stingray Z07 is the recently launched 458 Speciale. The Italian supercar features the same 4.5-liter V-8 powerplant from the base 458 Italia, but tricked to deliver a total of 596 horsepower. With the extra power, the 458 Special will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only three seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.
gallery: Ferrari 458 Speciale
The "Z06" name made its first appearance in the Corvette lineup in 1963, but not in the way we know it today. This was actually the RPO Z06 package, which included a large front anti-roll bar, a vacuum brake booster with dual master cylinders, sintered — powder-based — metallic brake pads, a 36.5-gallon fuel tank, power rear drum brakes with vented backing plates and updated shocks and springs.
Only 199 of these Z06 models were produced, and Chevy built them specifically for SCCA competition.It included a 360-horsepower, 327-cubic-inch, V-8 engine.
The Z06 returned in 2001 with a 5.7-liter, V-8 powerplant that pumps out 385 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque — a 35-horsepower and 25-pound-feet bump over the base 2001 Corvette. Chevy tweaked the 5.7-liter to 405 ponies and 400 pound-feet of twist the following year, and it carried that setup through its final year — 2004.
gallery: Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C5)
Along with the debut of the C6 corvette in 2006 came an all-new Z06 with a 7.0-liter, V-8 engine with 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The follwing year brought the introduction of the 427 Limited Edition Z06 that featured special graphics and exclusive, titanium-colored leather interior. In its final year — 2013 — the Z06 had an optional, 427 Collector Edition.
Chevrolet will introduce the 2015 Corvette Z06 next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It will be the most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features.
The Corvette Z06 will complete Chevrolet’s performance car lineup, which will also see the addition of the Corvette Stingray Convertible, Camaro Z/28 and SS sedan.
“Chevrolet is America’s favorite performance car brand, and for 2014 we are going to offer enthusiasts more choices than ever before,” said Alan Batey, senior vice president, Global Chevrolet. “No other manufacturer will be able to match the breath of performance cars from Chevrolet.”