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When Chevrolet announced the Corvette Z06 earlier this year, we knew it would be fast, but did you expect numbers like these?
Chevrolet says that a fresh-from-the-factory Z06 ‘vette can hit 60 mph from a stand still in just 2.95 seconds. That time comes with the eight-speed automatic, while seven-speed manual equipped models can do the sprint in 3.2 seconds.
The 1/4 mile times don’t disappoint either as the eight-speed did a 10.95-second time, while the 7-speed manual clocked in a 11.2. Both models featured identical 127 MPH trap speeds.
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The Z06 also boasts some impressive braking and handling numbers, stopping from 60 mph in just 99.6 feet. According to GM, that’s the best braking performance of any production car they have ever tested. The Corvette Z06 also achieves 1.2 g in lateral acceleration, besting the Corvette’s previous top performance of 1.13 g.
Kicking off the auto show season, the Paris Motor Show opens its doors to the public next week, but AutoGuide's team of reporters will get you inside early with three days of coverage from the City of Lights.
And there's a LOT of amazing hardware to see, from the Ferrari 458 Spider A, to a wild new Lamborghini Hybrid. The performance car action doesn't stop there either with the world premiere of the Mercedes AMG GT set to take place, along with a new 500+ horsepower C63 AMG.
Additional German performance comes from the new Audi TT, while rumors suggest a TT sedan will also be unveiled.
A long list of other cars includes the Range Rover Sport, Jaguar XE, Honda Civic Type R, Fiat 500X, Kia Sorento, VW Golf Alltrack and the Toyota C-HR – a sort of Prius crossover.
And one really big surprise is a 550-hp Infiniti Q80 hybrid concept.
Chevrolet’s most powerful car ever, the 2015 Corvette Z06, has been assigned a price tag of at least $78,995 including destination.
For that base price, customers get a 1LZ-trim Z06 that comes complete with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, sent through either a seven-speed manual transmission with rev-matched downshifts or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
For the first time ever, a Z06 convertible model will also be available for an extra $5,000 over the coupe, starting at $83,995.
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For those who want to take their Z06 to the next level, there is the Z07 performance package, available for an extra $7,995. For that cash, the Z06 comes outfitted with Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors, adjustable front and rear aerodynamic components and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires.
The Vette Gains Gears, Speed and Efficiency by Mike Schlee
A favorite of the vehicles I drove last year, the Chevy Corvette Stingray is easily one of the best performance bargains on the market. And I’m not alone in thinking so.
Even after winning the 2014 North American Car of the Year, the folks at Chevrolet weren’t about to pat themselves on the back and spend a few years resting on their laurels. No, for 2015, significant improvements are being made to the Stingray in only its second year on the market. New are enhancements to the rev matching precision of the seven-speed manual transmission, the addition of an optional performance data recorder and an all-new eight-speed automatic.
Dubbed the Hydra-Matic 8L90, the eight-speed is an in-house GM design that replaces the old six-speed in the Stingray and will even find its way into the upcoming Corvette Z06, which means the 8L90 needs to be able to handle upwards of 650 lb-ft of torque. More than that, the new eight-speed also needs to be
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