If you’ve caught Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction on TV, you’ve seen a lot of “benefit” cars—vehicles being auctioned for a good cause and/or for buyer’s rights. Their Palm Beach, Florida auction in April will give the well-heeled the rights to own 2015 Corvette Z06 VIN#001.
The 2014 North American Auto Show in Detroit served as Chevrolet’s introduction of the Z06 to the automotive world. Past Z06s have always been a model of automotive purity, upping the horsepower naturally while eschewing weight-adding, performance-robbing items. This time, however, Chevrolet is adding a supercharger to the Z06’s 6.2L pushrod V8 to bring total horsepower up to 625.
According to CorvetteBlogger.com, the proceeds of the sale will go to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center Institute in Detroit. Of course, Barret-Jackson will waive all buyer and seller fees. The first C7 Stingray was sold to motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick for $1.1M, so it would be reasonable to infer that the Z06 is going to meet a similar kind of auction frenzy come April—will it be Hendrick? Considering he also snapped up the first 2014 Camaro Z/28, it’s a possibility.
General Motors considers the 2015 Z06 “the most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features.” The base Stingray has exceeded expectations in the automotive community, so there’s no reason to doubt Chevrolet with their claims about the Z06.