The 2015 Corvette Z06’s horsepower is all everyone is talking about since it may be the fastest production car ever. Chevy knows this, and they’re giving supercar fans a way to express their love for the performance engine.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Corvette Stingray and the 2015 Ford Mustang GT are not only fast, but they also get a “good” EPA rating relative to the performance being outputted.
Over the last several years, excess seemed to go out of fashion. Instead, the auto makers are all focused on how “green” they could be, and even the high end muscle cars were being given high MPG variants. But according to consultant Merrihew, “that stigma is starting to fade, and performance cars are OK to buy again.”
Tadge Juechter, chief of Corvette development, says the 2015 Corvette Z06 will be pumping up this time around:
“It’s a Stingray on steroids. We tried to bring a ZR1 level of performance down to the Z06, but this car is also a lot more balanced than ZR1.”
The 625-horsepower 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will be going into manufacturing near the end of this year. So what exactly is going into the engine? The LT4 is expected to be based upon the LT1 and it has a big, fat label saying “supercharged” on it, so that’s an obvious hint:
“The new 6.2-liter LT4 engine is based on the Stingray’s LT1 architecture with an emphasis on low-end torque. There’s still a lot of work to do, but it’ll have 625 horsepower plus — emphasis on the ‘plus’ — and 635-lb-ft of torque.”
The 635 pound feet of torque is expected to be provided through titanium intake valves, dry-sump oiling, direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing. Drivers will have a choice of using a seven-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic that supposedly doesn’t sacrifice performance for fuel economy And that’s a good thing, because as Stephenie Meyer wisely said,
“Driving at the speed limit–hideous thought.” ― Stephenie Meyer
There’s also an optional Stage 3 package called the 2015 Corvette Z07 that provides “wings” to the rear spoiler in order to offer even more down force.
So what about that camera system we mentioned for the 2015 Corvette Z06? The optional Performance Data Recorder is essentially a GoPro camera for cars, allowing drivers to record both HD video and audio for up to 13 hours. Besides watching yourself drive like a madman on the vehicle’s built-in touchscreen, you can also upload these videos to Facebook and other social media sites.
What do you think about the 2015 Corvette Z06 photos and the planned engine horsepower?