Yesterday the first 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 rolled off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Ky., but you shouldn’t expect to see them prowling a street near you very soon.
Production is going on at a rate of seven per hour and – aside from the first car that went directly to Rick Hendrick – aren’t being sent to dealers yet. Corvette spokesman Monte Doran told AutoBlog that Chevrolet is still performing final quality checks before it is ready for a wholesale release.
As a refresher, the new Z06 makes 650 hp, 650 lb-ft of torque and launches to 60 MPH in 2.95 seconds with a quarter mile time of 10.95 seconds at 127 MPH. Those numbers count the car with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The car wears massive 285/30ZR19 front tires and 335/25ZR20 rear tires made possible by the Z06 being 2.2 inches wider in the front and 3.15 inches wider in the rear. Among the many other performance parts, the car also comes with standard magnetic ride control shocks and an electronic limited-slip differential.