We'll get our first official look at the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (teased above) at next week's Detroit Auto Show. But thanks to a funny little thing called meta data, it appears some initial details about the new coupe have already leaked out.

Here's what happened. Chevrolet created a special website for the Z06 reveal, and it's already live on the internet. And when you create a web page, you have to give a meta description – that's the few lines of text that show up under a link in search results. A Jalopnik reader noticed that if you search for "2015 Corvette Z06 supercar reveal," Chevy's Z06 launch site appears, and in the meta description, it clearly states that the new coupe will pack a whopping 620 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Searching for this term doesn't appear to show anything anymore (the details have evidently been taken down), but thankfully, the Jalopnik reader was kind enough to pass along a screen shot of his findings.

That power is expected to come courtesy of General Motors' new supercharged LT4 V8, and of course, these might not be the final numbers (we've heard varying bits of information). But if they are, for those keeping track, 620 hp and 650 lb-ft represents a massive increase on both fronts: try 115 hp and 180 lb-ft when compared with the the outgoing Z06's naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8. In fact, this new Z06 pumps out more torque than the C6-based Corvette ZR1. Impressive.

Stay tuned for the full details next week.


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      jcar302
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know many are disappointed that it's going to be supercharged instead of Naturally Aspirated, just keep in mind that high powered NA engines sometimes lack good driveability for the street. Huge intakes, cam, heads do make the power, but many times that give up some of the low end required to easily drive a car in traffic. All i hope is that it outruns the GTR. I personally don't care how.
        jawnath1n
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
        Yes, extreme NA cars lack driveability and while the LS7 was a monster when opened up and pushed hard, it was quite docile just putting around town. The Z06's tall gearing really helps with that. 7.0L is enough displacement that they could have gotten to 620hp to the crank and still have good driveability. They went with a supercharged 6.2L so they can share components with the base LT1 to save on manufacturing costs. The previous 7.0L was quite expensive make because everything about it was unique and bespoke compared to the other LS engines. And it will outrun the GTR. The last generation Z06 and ZR1 already have.
        Bandit5317
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
        Chevy has always been good about keeping the power bands broad. I think they traditionally use a conservative cam in small blocks in order to do so. An aggressive aftermarket cam in the LS engines was known to render huge peak hp gains.
        wooootles
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
        When the N/A engine in question is a big-honking 427 making 400-lb/ft for most of its rpm range, I don't think 'lack of good drivability' is an issue in this case.
        Cory Stansbury
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
        With DI, VVT, and the other improvements of the LT1, I see absolutely no reason why a 600 HP variant of the new motor wouldn't be every bit as refined, or more so than the LS7.
        Ben Hayat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
        Sounds like you speak from experience. Can' agree more. After a while you start hating driving it on the street and traffic. The smell, the roughness and etc. They designed this engine and S/C to work together from start. It's NOT like an aftermarket add-on. I drove my friend's ZR1 and it was so smooth and powerful.
        Mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
        GT-R can get to 60 faster than a C6 Z06, but on a track, it stands no chance.
      Dmack
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great another Viper SRT slayer for less$$
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 1 Year Ago
      More torque than power is a pretty good indication of forced induction, that pretty much guarantees its supercharged.
      Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      One thing that nobody has mentioned is that Eaton has developed a few versions of superchargers with a clutch to disable the unit when not needed and another with a second gear to improve efficiency and increase the range of the unit. This car would be perfect to introduce this new technology. I'm betting the ZR1 will be twin turbocharged at over 750hp. The biggest horsepower war of all times is happening right now. It's good to be alive!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bob
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      graphikzking
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sadly.. RIP to that sweet 7 liter Z06 of old. I will miss that raucous crazy evil sound. I'm sure this sound will be nearly as sick with the added whine of the supercharger but I will still miss that 7.0 liter monster. Now, I think they MIGHT be able to keep the price down to around $90k starting to state they are cheaper than a GTR would be AWESOME. Then for the ZR1 just add a bunch of weight reduction CF throughout as well as a boost in HP to about 690hp and charge a $20k premium. This would have to break up the R&D to spread the costs around to more versions of the same engine.
        BahamaTodd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @graphikzking
        Well at least the LS7 lives on for a few more years in the Z/28.
      Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this is accurate, the very high torque number would seem to indicate that it may in fact be supercharged. At 3200lbs, this would put the power to weight ratio at 5.16lb/hp which is significantly higher than the 911 turbo at 6.8lb/hp or the 200K 911 Turbo S at 6.43lb/hp. The 3829lb 545 hp Nissan GTR is further behind at 7.03lb/hp. The Audi R8 V10 Plus is at 6.64lb/hp and the Ferrari 458 Italia is at 5.83 with a measly 398 lb/ft of torque vs 650 lb/ft for the Z06. GM may have built a giant killer and they have a chassis to match.
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      anyone else think the tires on the teaser pic are Michelin pilot sport cups?
        Eggmania
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        if you look at the large image you can read michelin sport cup on the tire itself
        Andrew Ramos
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        Too bad not Sport Cup 2s...
        Kk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        i believe there are also they are the best tires out there rite now
      Bobby
      • 1 Year Ago
      God that's awesome. Can't wait for the ZR1
      tony36619
      • 1 Year Ago
      My anticipation for this car's debut AND the ATS V is equal if not greater than a child waiting for santa clause on Christmas eve COME ON ALREADY DAMN YOU GM.
        Eta Carinae
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tony36619
        You nailed it.......I have been waiting for this show for the longest and its less then a week away ! And anticipation continues to grow.....cant wait for both of them
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who cares if it is supercharger cars evolve over time.....it will still be an RWD beast that will have many top dollar cars in its rear view mirror....
      Matt Mossberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm going to say this bad ass car will be cheaper then expected and start at $81k. With how gm optioned the new c7 and how I think gm wants to be like porsche in how they offer loads of options, there will be a lot of room to get this car north of $100k. Carbon ceramic brakes just to name one costly option. With the new z06 blown, I wonder if the zr1 is dead. They could just add boost, different suspension upgrades and a more leather for a luxury styled interior as either stand alone options or various different packages during the run of the c7. Can't wait for the new z!
      Brandon N Lasure
      • 1 Year Ago
      The best thing, hands down, about the the C7 Stingray is the amount of tears it has generated on the internet. If you want to watch grown men get reduced to tears and crying to random strangers. Say something positive about a C7 vette and shower yourself in delicious, delicious tears.
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