One year after Chevrolet captured the automotive world’s attention with the new Corvette Stingray, it will debut the hardcore Z06 version in Motor City during the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
Chevrolet has big promises for the new Z06, saying it will be the “most track capable Corvette ever.” Look out, SRT, it sounds like Chevrolet is on a snake hunting mission. The new Z06 is designed to deliver “supercar levels of performance” with enhancements to the chassis, powertrain and body. If what Chevrolet says is true, the Z06 could be even better than the ZR1, although that might not come down to raw power.
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The previous Z06 used Chevrolet’s 7.0-liter LS7 smallblock V8 with 505 hp and benefited from weight savings among other changes. Part of that came by using an aluminum chassis and carbon fiber body parts, but the current C7 Stingray already makes use of premium materials similar to those found in the old Z06.
Chevrolet hasn’t said anything else about the performance enhancements and it also isn’t clear what Chevrolet means by “most track capable,” but but there must be big improvements in store. The Stingray uses GM’s new LT1 6.2-liter smallblock V8 that makes up to 460 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque with the Z51 performance package.
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