By Rachel Stewart
General Motors recently released the internal testing data on the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and the results are impressive. The newest Z06 boasts a 0-60mph acceleration time of a mere 2.95 seconds, with the eight speed transmission. When doing a quarter-mile run, it finished in less than 11 seconds, with a speed of 127 mph as it crossed the finish line. It can come to a complete stop from 60 mph in 99.6 feet, which GM claims is the best braking performance of any production car it has ever tested.
The Corvette Z06, which is the higher performance version of what is already a performance car, has acceleration rates that put it on par with more expensive and exotic cars such as the Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari 458 Speciale, and Lamborghini Aventador. These great results are due in part to the Magnetic Ride Control suspension and the Z07 package’s intense aerodynamics package. This also enables the new Z06 to have the most downforce of any car GM has tested. It also contains a supercharged 650-horsepower enginge.
Even though the test results may match those of a more exotic sports car, the price is much lower. The Z06 is set to release in the spring of 2015, with the price of a coupe being $78,995, and $83,995 for a convertible. For comparison, the Ferrari 458 Speciale costs around $300,000, and the Mercedes SLS Coupe, with an engine that is 10% weaker, starts at $221,580. The price of the Corvette Z06 models are rising steadily each year, but that is to be expected, as technology and the carbon fiber GM uses is not cheap. Also, GM adds new bells and whistles every year, making the new Corvette Z06 the best one they can.
At the unveiling for the new Z06, Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of Global Product Development, said, “The Corvette has long been known as America’s sports car. With the capability of the new Z06 rivaling the best performance cars in the world, we will also be America’s Supercar.”
Watch the 2015 Corvette Z06 testing at “The Ring,” Nurburgring Nordschleife: