As capable as the new Corvette Stingray is, and as many as Chevy has sold so far, we all knew it was only the beginning. The Stingray Convertible goes on sale later this month, but the version enthusiasts have really been looking forward to is the Z06. And soon the wait will be over.

Although Chevrolet hasn't released much in the way of details to go with the teaser shot you see above, it has confirmed that the new Corvette Z06 will be unveiled in full at the Detroit Auto Show next month. All we can really glean from the teaser image are the low-profile Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires on lightweight-looking alloys, as well as carbon-fiber side skirt and fender-flare extensions. Promised to be "the most track-capable Corvette ever," the new Z06 (not Z07 as previously speculated) was "designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features."

Once production gets under way late next year, it will join a growing family of performance Chevys, alongside the Camaro range, the new SS performance sedan, and of course the rest of the Corvette lineup. Scope out the press release below for the full text.
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Chevrolet to Introduce 2015 Corvette Z06 at Detroit Show
Most-capable Corvette ever will lead industry's broadest range of performance cars

DETROIT – 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 debut of 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."

Chevrolet Sells One out of four performance cars in 2013

For the first 11 months of 2013, Chevrolet has accounted for approximately 25 percent of all performance car sales in the U.S. as Corvette and Camaro continue to lead their respective segments.

Corvette outsold its closest competitor, the Porsche 911, for the first 11 months of 2013. This is all the more remarkable given Corvette production was halted for six-months, in order to upgrade the Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant to build the 2014 Corvette Stingray. In November, Corvette sales jumped 229 percent year-over-year, as demand for the new Stingray continues to outstrip supply.

Camaro also outsold its closest competitor, the Ford Mustang, for the first 11 months of 2013. Camaro enters December with a 4,093-unit lead in total sales. More importantly, Camaro has an estimated 10,000-unit lead in retail sales. If that lead continues through the end of the year, 2013 will be the fourth consecutive year Camaro has been the best-selling sports car in the U.S.

Four new Performance Cars for 2014

The sales lead for Chevrolet is expected to accelerate as the brand adds four new performance cars to the lineup, including:

- First full calendar year of sales for the 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan: The all-new SS, which went onsale in October of 2013, is based on a race-proven, global platform that underpins the Camaro, Caprice police vehicle and, in Australia, the high-performance Holden VF Commodore. Elements including lightweight aluminum hood and deck lid panels help give the SS a nearly 50/50 weight balance, while the performance of its 6.2L V-8 – rated at 415 horsepower – and six-speed automatic transmission enables 0-60 mph acceleration in five seconds flat.

- First full year of sales for the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible: The Stingray Convertible, which goes on sale this month, shares identical chassis tuning and performance technologies with the coupe, with structural changes limited to accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. As such, the Stingray Convertible requires no sacrifices for a drop-top driving experience, offering up to 460 horsepower /465 lb.-ft. with the available performance exhaust system; capable of more than 1 g in cornering; and sprinting from 0-60 in under 4 seconds.

- Arrival of the 2014 Camaro Z/28: The Camaro Z/28, which arrives in dealers in the second-quarter of 2014, will be the most track-capable Camaro ever. Recently, the Z/28 logged a 7:37.40 lap on Germany's legendary Nürburgring road course, a time comparable with some of the world's most prestigious sports cars – and the Z/28 lap was completed in the rain.

- Debut of the 2015 Corvette Z06: The all-new Corvette Z06 will make its public debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Production is expected to begin in late 2014.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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        bubba_roe
        • 1 Year Ago
        Well that would almost be like Vette fanboys accusing GT-Rs of cheating. And we know thats never happened, lol.
          FrosenCarrotz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bubba_roe
          Spoke too soon lol.
          bubba_roe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bubba_roe
          @ Nick B Youre kidding right? The amount of trolling in American auto media by domestic fanboys anytime something Japanese is posted out numbers the reverse probably 5/1.
          Nick B
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bubba_roe
          Im not going to sit here and tell you that Vette people dont troll on the GT-R articles but the amount of trolling that goes on whenever something that's American and performance related(ESPECIALLY if it's a GM) is posted on here is like 10/1. I'll be the first to admit that im an American car fan, especially LS/LT-1 V8 equipped cars, but you dont see me running into every GT-R, Porsche, BMW etc. article ranting and raving about how a Vette is cheaper and faster bla bla bla.
          Nick B
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bubba_roe
          No, im not kidding. What are you doing right now? Like I said I didnt say it doesnt go both ways but look really closely at articles pertaining to each subject and you'll see. In fact im surprised a certain Evo hasn't come into this conversation.
      ShiftItManual
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car will be a beast. I'm glad they are sticking with the Z06 name.
      cgm9999
      • 1 Year Ago
      This thing should be an absolute sensation. In contrast with many people, I'd like to see the Z06 stay similar to what it already is rather than drastically change anything about it. "I hope it comes with a new (insert forced induction/smaller displacement/DOHC/higher revving) engine!" Please. The LS7 is already just about as perfect of an engine as there is. Think about it. Its huge displacement allows for an unrivaled, incredibly vast power band and torque no matter where the tach needle is at any given moment. Plus, there's the fact that despite the monstrous numbers it puts up, that displacement allows for absolutely stupid potential in the aftermarket. Despite this displacement, however, the SBC is as small and light of an engine as you're going to see with that displacement. Adding turbo/superchargers, DOHC, etc is a total waste. Both add complexity, weight, size (bye, bye perfect weight distribution and low aerodynamic hood!) and reliability concerns. Having them dump a wonderful engine all in the name of doing something novel would be both counterintuitive and expensive. There's just no point. "It better have a DCT!" Why? Look, DCTs are great; I've owned a couple of them already. A DCT best reveals its strengths when it's paired with engines with peaky power delivery or turbochargers where an intuitive quick shifting gearbox is the difference between an engaging car and frustrating one. Turbocharged cars benefit greatly from DCTs since DCTs allow for boost to be maintained in between shifts, resulting in much better performance. Similarly, DCTs and their quick shifting nature allow drivers to better exploit engines that need to be constantly on full boil in order to produce their power. This is why the DCT in the Ferrari 458 Italia is a perfect match and why pairing it with a traditional slush box would negate the amazingness of that sweet, sweet high-revving V8. Since the SBC produces very linear power and torque everywhere in its power band, a DCT simply isn't as necessary in a Corvette as it is in some other cars. I believe Tadge Juechter, the Corvette's chief engineer even stated that they tested a DCT while designing the current C7 but whatever gains it produced (in terms of both fuel efficiency and performance) were negligible, however, the cost, reliability and acceptance by the traditional Corvette consumer were hurdles too great for its implementation. Throwing more gears and slightly faster shift speed in a torquey Corvette isn't going to make it substantially faster. But it will make it far more expensive... What I'd really like to see the Z06 become is GMs flag bearer for weight saving technology. The ZR1 has become the "Corvette Supreme"; let the Z06 become the ambassador for GMs development of lighter, stronger materials. Thus, for me, the focus of the Z06 shouldn't be peak power, but curb weight, power-to-weight ratio, and track-focused suspension technology.
        VVVVH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cgm9999
        Spoken like a true Z06 owner (even if you are not one). Since its inception the car has been a track monster and let it stay that way. Taming it by force induction, DCT, AWD, DOHC is taking it away from where it belongs. Sure C6 Z06 is rude and unruly to drive and a little hairy at its limits, but then what is the fun and skill if the car does everything except wipe your rear after a nice release? No wonders you can see old men driving their Z06 on Sebring or Road Atlanta for a fun track weekend. I feel jealous of those Ba$tards.
          HayesData
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VVVVH
          I've got a canyon prepped manual C6 myself that in its current guise is fairly comparable to a lightly modified Z06. With that out of the way... I just spent some time with a brand new 991 Carrera S with the second generation PDK in it and that car put me firmly in the DCT camp. Once you've spent some time with a REALLY good DCT like the new unit in the refreshed R8, an MP4-12C or the second generation PDK you will lust for one in the C7. If you are looking for the absolute quickest way round a track there is simply no comparison, the DCT is just so damned fast.
      Camaroman101
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cannot wait! Hopefully the widebody will continue.
        Muttons
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Camaroman101
        I agree. The wider the better. The blue one from SEMA was sweet in that regard (and terrible in others). I also hope they at least switch out the grille insert for something a little more aggressive. A thin strip of chrome on an otherwise non-descript grille really doesn't say "baddest Corvette ever" to me.
      Carpinions
      • 1 Year Ago
      I cannot wait to see this car. That image portends a major gauntlet throw down.
      Stars_Fan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only people who have zero knowledge of the Corvette thought it would be called Z07.
      Termin8
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not that I'm likely to actually buy one but, I'm VERY interested to see how they style the Z06. I really never liked the base model C6's but LOVED the Z06 versions. One extra point; after driving a C6 Z06 a couple years ago, I was so scared by it's power that I wrote off the idea of ever buying one. Truly an amazing car but just too much for the street IMO. Guaranteed, I would have either lost my license or totaled the car in no time!
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Give the LS7 the LT-1 goodies like VVT and DI, crank the power to 11, reduce weight and profit.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's almost too soon for this to come, the Stingray w/Z51 package will still be on huge backorder. Please don't be boosted. Please don't be boosted. I have no problem with boosted engines at all, but the last Z06 was best because it was all motor. I would love for this one to be all motor too.
      truckguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      My neighbor got the NEW Vett. and it is amazing !! Just WOW !!!
      Gator
      • 1 Year Ago
      **** yes. Best Z06 ever made right here.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      even more vents?!
        t_dixon28
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lachmund
        The SRT Viper, has more vents than the vette, and the vents on the vette don't fly off.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lachmund
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