Want to get your hands on the most powerful vehicle GM has ever made? It may be time to call your bank manager, financial adviser and whoever else helps you get your monetary ducks in a row, because Chevy has now revealed pricing information for the new 2015 Corvette Z06.

Pricing starts at $78,995 for the coupe and $83,995 for the convertible. Both those figures include destination, but don't include things like tax, title, license and optional equipment. And as we revealed when the order guide surfaced, there is some enticing optional equipment on offer.

An extra $2,995 will get you the Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package with enhanced aero. $7,995 will get you the Z07 Performance Package with Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, upgraded tires and even more aggressive aero. There are three trim levels available and a host of other packages and options you can read all about in the press release below, from the Premium Package leather trim to the Performance Data Recorder.

No matter which way you set it up, though, you're getting a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower and just as much torque. And though the price of entry may seem high, it comes down to a downright steal compared to the six figures Chevy got for the previous ZR1 (whose place the new Z06 effectively takes) and which Dodge gets for a new Viper.
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2015 Corvette Z06 Priced at $78,995
American supercar delivers unprecedented performance, technology

DETROIT – The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – the most powerful and technologically advanced model in the iconic car's 62-year history – will be offered at a suggested retail price of $78,995 while the convertible model will start at $83,995, Chevrolet announced today.

"The 2015 Corvette Z06's performance and technical capabilities place it in the elite fraternity of supercars," said Harlan Charles, Corvette product and marketing manager. "Very few cars in the world deliver 650 horsepower, true aerodynamic downforce, carbon fiber and performance technologies such as Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management and an electronic limited slip differential – and none gives the driver a transmission choice or the choice of a coupe with a removable roof panel or a full-power-top convertible."

Leveraging learnings from the Corvette Racing program, the $2,995 Carbon Fiber Ground Effects enables the Corvette Z06 to produce true aerodynamic downforce for increased stability at high speeds. The package adds a functional carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler.

For the ultimate performance, the Z07 Performance Package is available for $7,995, adding Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to better handling through reduced unsprung weight. The Z07 package adds adjustable front and rear aerodynamic components to the Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package for unprecedented aerodynamic downforce and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip.

"The Z07 performance package enhances overall performance to make the Corvette Z06 one of the most track-capable cars you can buy off the dealership floor and still drive it to work every day," said Charles.

Z06 models are offered in 1LZ, 2LZ and 3LZ trims. A range of available features enables customers to tailor the look and feel of their Z06, including:
- Premium Package with leather-wrapped interior
- Aero-enhancing carbon fiber ground effects package
- Performance Data Recorder and navigation
- Competition sport seats offered in leather or sueded microfiber
- Carbon fiber interior trim and carbon fiber convertible tonneau cover inserts
- Visible carbon fiber roof panel (Coupe)
- Tintcoat exterior colors, several available wheel finishes and several available brake caliper colors.

Most powerful, technologically advanced Corvette ever
The Z06 rejoins the Corvette lineup for 2015 with a stronger aluminum frame than previous models, an aero package designed to produce performance-enhancing downforce and an all-new, supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine rated at an SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm). That makes it the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of the most powerful production cars available in the United States.

To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray – direct injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing – and leverages them with a new, more efficient supercharger. Combined with the fuel-efficient multi-speed transmissions, aerodynamic design and lightweight construction, they help make the new Z06 surprisingly efficient.

The Corvette Z06 also leverages other technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray, including the strategic use of lightweight materials and advanced driver technologies, with calibrations tailored for its capabilities. The aluminum frame structure, for example, is 20 percent stiffer than the previous, fixed-roof Z06.

Additional technologies support the car's tremendous performance capabilities and enhance the driving experience, including:
- Third-generation Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers are standard and can be adjusted for touring comfort or maximum track performance via the standard Driver Mode Selector
- Performance Traction Management is available in the Track mode of the Drive Mode Selector and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving
- Launch control is available in Track mode for manual and automatic transmissions, providing maximum off-the-line acceleration
- An electronic limited-slip differential, also standard equipment on Z06, adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, to balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions with more aggressive performance in Sport and Track modes.

The Z06 offers three increasing levels of aerodynamic downforce:
- The standard Z06 features a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, and an aggressive rear spoiler.
- The available carbon-fiber aero package – in either carbon flash paint or a visible carbon-fiber finish – adds a carbon-fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill, which combine to create true aerodynamic downforce
- The available Z07 package adds larger winglets to the front splitter, along with an adjustable, see-through center section on the rear spoiler for track use. With this package, the Corvette Z06 delivers the most aerodynamic downforce of any production car GM has tested.

Drivers can monitor the Z06's performance without taking their eyes off the road via a color head-up display (standard on 2LZ and 3LZ trims) that, among the range of performance readouts, displays a g-meter in Track mode.

The Z06 also offers the award-winning, industry-first Performance Data Recorder – or PDR – which enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track. The racing-derived system is included with the available navigation system.

Editors: Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price includes destination charges but excludes tax, title, license, optional equipment and dealer fees.

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 4.9 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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      wooootles
      • 4 Months Ago

      Base price is about $20k less than a base 911 S.

      That's before Porsche's ludicrous options upcharge.

      Think about that for a second.


        Bernard
        • 4 Months Ago
        @wooootles

        Z06 vs 911 S. Who is going to be the first to write that article? :-D

        Oh wait, they don't want to be banned from test driving Porsches. Oh well... :-\

          racergirl79
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Bernard

          A Timex tells time more accurately than a Rolex, but I'll still take the Rolex.  I would take a Cayman S over a Vette any day.  I'm not knocking the Vette, it's a great car for the money and objectively it's hard to beat.  But cars are about love and love is subjective and the Porsche is superior in almost every subjective measure I can imagine.  

          AnalogJesse
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Bernard

          The normal Stingray already beats the 911 S around Laguna Seca. 

        thequebecerinfrance
        • 4 Months Ago
        @wooootles

        Depends on how it drives. Take the Cayman, even with low horsepower figures, it still is known as one of the best drives out there. It won't change that fact. But I hope it will affect the level of standard equipment and the pricing of the options because they are completely out of line.

          Chris O.
          • 4 Months Ago
          @thequebecerinfrance

          Among other things, I have a C6Z06. My Dad's Cayman S drives well, but its limits are pretty low.  I find that the Cayman's balance advantage from it being rear mid-engined is only evident in it's breakaway characteristics.  It's gradual and progressive, where the Corvette will breakaway in a "snappier" fashion, sometimes with little warning.  You can credit the tires (I use non runflat PS2s) being better than the rear suspension, where the opposite tends to be true in the Cayman. 

          Chris O.
          • 4 Months Ago
          @thequebecerinfrance

          PatrickH:

          Did I stutter?

          I already said that the handling manners of a Cayman S were more predicatable, but that does not make it a better handling car.  It would appear that you've never driven at least one of the cars.

          Quantitatively, the Z6Z06 has considerably more mechanical grip, and is therefore a better handling car.  The subjective opinion that the Cayman is "nicer" to drive is really beside the point.  I've driven both on a technical track (MSR's road course), and the Z06 was much faster.  It's a 17-turn road course without enough straight sections to make it about the LS7s power advantage.  So, yes... the Cayman's limits were considerably lower.  Same driver, same track, same day.... with both cars.  The only part of the Cayman that made up any time at all was the PDK - it's worlds better than the TR6060 in the Corvette on a track. 

          Plus, you mention giving then equal rubber...  who knows what would happen if you took the 265s off of the Cayman and put on 335s, but who's being silly now?  I'll conscede that if things were different, they wouldn't be the same *rolls eyes* - however, at that point you're no longer talking about a car that's actually sold to the public.

          Chris O.
          • 4 Months Ago *Edited*
          @thequebecerinfrance

          Carguy:


          MSR is a track in Sugarland, TX, south of Houston (I think Hennessey shoots their non-toll road videos there)

          Chris O.
          • 4 Months Ago
          @thequebecerinfrance

          @carguy:

           

          I used to have access to a lot more tracks when I lived in NC (tons of them in the VA, NC, SC area), but I'm in Houston now, so it's pretty much only MSR, Texas World Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway now.

          carguy1701
          • 4 Months Ago
          @thequebecerinfrance

          Porsche charges what they do for options because they know people will pay for it, plus you can customize a Porsche any way you with regard to upholsteries and the like.  It's pretty tempting.


          Chris O.: MSR?

        great1234
        • 4 Months Ago
        @wooootles
        will be 90k once dealers mark it up. Don't care, excellent job Chevrolet.
        Ratpack
        • 3 Months Ago
        @wooootles

        that's good for americans, now lets import that base model to finland, and guess what.... price tag will be around $100k (USD)


        with that money i'll rather buy 911...

      Psyclist
      • 4 Months Ago

      Damnit, why oh why does this amazing car have to come out at a time in my life where I cant buy it! Amazing price for the performance, Damn you mortgage! damn you all to heck!

        S.
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Psyclist

        For real! Why do I have to be at the beginning of my career instead of the end. Curses!!

        Carpinions
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Psyclist

        That just means it'll be ready for you in a few years when an (admittedly) used one will be easier for you to afford.

      milton_perriwinkle
      • 4 Months Ago

      Man that's really a steal. Priced low enough to be tempting...

      Bandit5317
      • 4 Months Ago

      And now I'll say exactly what I said when pricing for the Stingray was announced. It's over. The competition is finished.

      brmintz
      • 4 Months Ago

      "Price may be high" .... Pretty sure no one was thinking this after reading that headline... What a deal!

      Anonymous
      • 4 Months Ago

      I honestly expected it to start around $100K. I'm no chevy fan but Jesus thats a lot of car for the money. 

      Christian
      • 4 Months Ago
      Chevy Knocked the pricing out of the park for this beast. Great Deal.

      I always find it funny that Dodge lovers always point to the Vette as their Comparison vehicle while Chevy doesn't seem to really pay them much mind these days. I suppose it's just an American pride thing. Although they never say it, Chevy's target for performance is clearly Porsche these days. Godzilla (GTR) always crashes the party and makes Chevy and Porsche uncomfortable, but Chevy enthusiast and most test track comparisons always come down to the Corvette versus the 911 for best overall drivers car.

      The last generation ZR1 was the first Vette to really be able to consistently beat most of Porsche's lineup, so it will be very interesting to see this new top Vette perform on the track. Chevy must smile every time they hear someone mention the Corvette in comparison to the 911.

      One thing is clear now. Based on the price of this Z06, there will definitely be a new ZR1. They left 30K in performance money (Based on the last gen ZR1 price which this new car replaces) on the table to play with and Chevy isn't going to just let it sit there once the new GTR shows up kicking @ss and taking names.
        Carpinions
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Christian

        Maybe, but don't forget, this new Z06 hasn't been tested yet, so we have no idea if the performance falls short of the GT-R, or possibly beats it. This thing outpowers the now 6-7 year-old ZR-1 a bit, and has that much more development know-how and effort behind it, on top of the fact that the computer controlled driving dynamics that the GT-R pioneered in the lower end of the sports car market are now also in this car. GM has been hitting the 'Ring hard for a while now with their development cars, and I have every confidence this thing was tested to put up serious numbers that probably, if past history is any guide, are probably slightly better than the C6 ZR-1 *to start*. That's a very competitive position to be in against the GT-R.

          Christian
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Carpinions

          You may not have seen the Motor Trend Interview where Mark Ruess (GM North American President) stated that the baseline for the C7 Z06 was the old ZR1. He stated that their first ever track run beat the old ZR1 and that was simply the beginning of their tuning.

          Just looking at the numbers and that super aggressive down-force track pack attached to this car, this car will likely handily beats today's GTR and the old ZR1 without much effort. It's a decade newer in engineering technology if you really think about it.

          But I do expect the next GTR to be every bit the monster we see here. Nissan has to be commended on the work they did on the last generation. Computers or not, the GTR is a monster when talking performance. The next GTR will also have a decade of performance enhancements and you know they want to get the same love the ZR1 got when mentioned in the same conversation as Porsche.


          The real question is what is Porsche going to do. It seems Jaguar, Chevy and most certainly the next monster from Nissan all are determined to unseat the 911 as the ultimate drivers car that's mildly attainable.

        PatrickH
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Christian

        You're naive if you think that Dodge develops their Viper to compete with just the Corvette.  The Viper is also a world class sports car.  It's other people that make the comparison since they are the 2 highest performing American sports cars.

      Craig Allan
      • 4 Months Ago

      The new Vette still changing the game. This is awesome. Can't wait to see how much a gently used one costs in a couple years.

        FriscoKid
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Craig Allan

        That sir, was very funny! How much for a gently used one? Hmmmm, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll? Two valid questions with the same answer: The world will never know!

          milton_perriwinkle
          • 4 Months Ago
          @FriscoKid

          Aint that the truth. The only way to absolutely ensure it's gently used is to opt for factory delivery on a new one :-).  And what an amazingly satisfying drive home that would be.

      mbukukanyau
      • 4 Months Ago

      Wawa, I thought this would come in at ZR1 levels, But I was wrong, I cannot see how this does not damage viper and lower end Porsche 911 sales.. But, Porsche might be OK...


      This is a smoking deal. 

      They must be planning something above this, probably a Z/28 style Zora

      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 4 Months Ago

      A better, more attractive car than the outgoing ZR-1 for a much lower price? Slam dunk Chevy.

      GR
      • 4 Months Ago

      While I'm no sports car expert, this has got to be the best price/performance ratio offered in any car right now. 

      Javier Be
      • 4 Months Ago

      Wtf!!!! That's what I call a deal!!!! This leaves the door wide open to an eventual ZR1 in the near future... 

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