There is no doubt that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was one of the hottest vehicles to debut this week at the Detroit Auto Show, but Autoblog West Coast Editor Michael Harley takes it one step further by calling it the "highest-performing vehicle the North American automakers have ever made." To get a closer look at the 2015 Z06, we grabbed Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, who gave us more insight about the car and what could possibly make it the ultimate Corvette.

Aside from the obvious styling changes necessary for optimizing aerodynamics and air flow to the engine and brakes, Juechter is quick to point out some of the unique elements of the Z06. This includes the fact that it's the only car with more than 600 horsepower ("at least" 625 to be exact) to offer two transmission options – a seven-speed manual and an eight-speed auto specifically designed for the 2015 Z06 – and that it's the first car ever to pair a supercharged engine with cylinder deactivation.

Juechter does add that the Z06 is still in the initial stages of development, so it will likely be some time before we get any additional specs, pricing or performance figures about the newest member of the C7 family. Until then, scroll down to see what Harley and Juechter have to say about the high-performance coupe.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: 2014 NAIAS


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      kbklc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Remember when the C6 ZR-1 came out and the media said we may never see a performance car like that again due to the more stringent government regs? HA!
      bobgm3
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's my 2 cents that the Aero grip advantage of the zo6 will prevail over mechanical grip advantage of the gtr nissmo on a track as long as the Nordschleife where speed through the high speed corners greatly determine lap times. Plus the fact that the GM guy's probably have the Nissan time squarely in their cross-hairs. They seem like a very highly motivated competent and competitive team to me. What ever happens- it will be fun to watch!
      bobgm3
      • 1 Year Ago
      They are debuting the car in yellow to emphasize the strong development tie's to the ALMS race car.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      Must be exhausting continually re-doing a corvette year after year..A v8 2 seat plastic car that's already fast at everything. They are not gonna catch a GTR w this formula. Ain't gonna happen until they get DCT and AWD --physics. Why dont these guys focus on a 4cyl / v6 powered sedan? maybe the SS?! Impala? hell, Malibu? They could so much for so many if they focused their efforts on something more people would buy. Not everyone wants this some jacked up bumblebee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @muspod
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        PUNKem733
        • 1 Year Ago
        @muspod
        I can certainly understand the hate, and maybe a twinge of fear knowing this "bumblebee" is going to slaughter most any import thrown at it.
        Chris O.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @muspod
        @muspod: C5: 1997-2004 C6: 2005-2013 Apparently, your time scale of a "year" is different than anyone/everyone else. As for catching a GTR, I own a 2008 C6 Z06 and a 2009 GT-R... unless you launch the R35, the Z06 is as fast (or faster) in every other scenario. From a roll, it's not pretty. The R35 has added power over the years, but it's at a serious disadvantage in power to weight and downforce to the C7 Z06.
          muspod
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris O.
          It's all pretty irrelevant considering you can't really use these on the street. Spreadsheet engineering. My point is, the c6 was a great car. sure, Improve it. But improve their other stuff MORE with these engineers. The TLX Acura is gonna do a tapdance all over everyone when when it comes out. Where GM? screwing around with this. Why aren't THEY coming out with a 'TLX" Instead we get a 5 yr old chevy SS (Pontiac G8) from holden
          Chris O.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris O.
          I enjoy driving my cars, on the street, and on the track. Obviously I'm not looking to see what the vmax of my ride is on the street, though I will be out at the Texas Mile in March to do exactly that. You can use enough of the performance envelope of high performance vehicles on the street to where there is a large gap between them and "normal" vehicles. I do get the core of your point, though. I completely agree that GM could do more with their other vehicles, but I don't know that pulling engineers off of their halo vehicle really would help. After all, Cadillac is having a resurgence, and their flagship performance vehicles use/have used Corvette tech. MR suspension, LS engines, anti axle-tramp halfshafts, etc. Just keep in mind that the Corvette development program pays for itself... it's not parasitic on other programs to survive. If you staff up other projects with more engineering staff, those are just costs that will end up having to be offset (ultimately in the pricing)... is the incremental improvement something that consumers want to pay for? Sales numbers would seem to indicate that GM may have found a good balance already. Even after the emergency refresh, the Malibu isn't in the top half of it's class, but I do think that the new Impala is a good vehicle, and GM has class competitive vehicles in virtually every segment (though maybe not large lux, or large sub-lux, or budget mid-size).
          cfphelps
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris O.
          @muspod, Budget and team size wise, the Corvette program is very small at GM. How do you know they're NOT coming out with something else to compete with the TLX, that you just don't know about?
        cfphelps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @muspod
        Except that the C6 Z06/Z07 and C6 ZR1 were already faster than contemporary GT-Rs on numerous tracks. They won't win the 0-60 war against AWD beasts, but Corvette is a sports car that there is a lot more to than 0-60. This is the 3rd Corvette generation since 1997, and the team working on this does not take resources from any of their maintstream products, so that part of your post doesn't make sense either.
        Ron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @muspod
        I owned a GTR, and Candidly, the base model Vette is close... This Z06 is going to destroy it. 625hp, huge fat torque curve, huge tires, carbon ceramic brakes, and it is easily 500lbs lighter. as you said... physics.
        graphikzking
        • 1 Year Ago
        @muspod
        Umm by your own post, "not everyone wants this some jacked up bumblebee" show me a car that everyone wants? Everyone has different opinions (some are just plain stupid though). I love the GTR for the awd and simple driving. I love the Z06 for pure driving excitement. I've driven a GTR (2010) and the last Z06 I drove was an older C5 (405hp?) one so no where near as nice as this one. I can only imagine what 200more hp + better interior + better handling would feel like. Physics - the GTR probably weighs about 500lbs more than this (at least) so I'd say you CAN match and beat the numbers because it's more hp + less weight can counter the awd handling benefits.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      With 625HP and a 7-speed manual transmission, the ugly exterior is becoming much more attractive now..... BD
      Eskimo
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, does "Mike" in this video like show tunes and figure skating? He sounds like it.
      Jared
      • 1 Year Ago
      SICK! Man the US is rolling, C7 Z06, Stryker green Vipers and the new Mustang.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Faster than a zr1? $80k easy. Lowest priced super car in the segment. Hats off to the developers .
        Ron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        Autoblog has messed up on the price once, and now back peddling. Tadge said "if you can afford a c6 z06 you can afford a C7 z06", and told Car and Driver that it would be under 100k "with all the options"
        Eggmania
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        yeah zr1 performance for $30k cheaper, all the while chevy saying their wont be a zr1. are you and the 12 guys agreeing with you completely insane?
      wooootles
      • 1 Year Ago
      Correction - It was THE hottest car in NAIAS. The hottest definitely ain't no stinking Kia or some truck.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wooootles
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          Sir Duke
          • 1 Year Ago
          AarroonN. I find real life tangible things hot. The C7 Z06 is all that. The FT-1 is currently just a figment of someone's imagination. Let's wait and see what the production car looks like.
      dan1malk
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least 200+ torques MORE than a 458 Speciale.., That is all.
        Bandit5317
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dan1malk
        I'm calling it now. This will be much faster than the 458 Speciale.
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yellow is not this this style corvette's color. It's lines look odd.
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