The National Corvette Museum recently held their annual bash, where Chief Engineer for the Corvette, Tadge Juechter, and Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles both discussed the success of the 2014 Corvette Stingray and what’s in store for the 2015 model year. As you know, 2015 will see the addition of the hard core Z06 to the lineup, but an array of new features are coming to the standard model as well, Corvette Blogger reports.
We already know almost all there is to know about the 2015 Z06. Simply put, it’s the most track capable Corvette ever built, edging out the Corvette ZR1 for the fastest lap at General Motors’ ‘Lutz Ring’ at the Milford Proving Ground. However Juechter revealed some interesting new tidbits of information at the event. The car will be offered in three downforce trim levels. The base package has a front splitter and rear spoiler, while the second step up features the “CFZ/CFV” carbon aero package we saw on the car at the Detroit Auto Show. The CFZ pack appears the same as the CFV, however it is painted Carbon Flash while the CFV pack features exposed carbon fiber.
Other news in regards to the 2015 Z06 comes in the way of its available content and interior trim levels. The entry level 1LZ trim package will have a standard heads up display, while the 2LZ pack adds heated/vented seats, the memory package and a Bose premium audio system. The jump up to the 3LZ pack will add satellite navigation and the ‘Vette’s all-new Performance Data Recorder. Two new interior colors will be exclusive to the Z06, dark gray and blue. Additionally, four wheel color options will be available for the Z06: Silver, Black, Chrome and Spectra Gray.
Apart from the Z06, the Corvette lineup will also be refreshed with new options for the standard car. You already know the base ‘Vette will feature a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission, nearly identical to the one in the Z06, but new exterior trim options and other small changes will also be made. Two new body colors will be available for the car, Shark Gray and Daytona Sunrise Orange, replacing Cyber Gray and Lime Rock Green.
New wheel colors and options will also be added for the 2015 model year. Chevy will now be offering black and black machined versions of the base-model wheel. There will also be a black machined Z51 wheel available and a satin black Z51 wheel with either a yellow or red stripe around the lip. Most importantly, a new “Motorsports Design” wheel is available which appears similar, if not identical, to the wheels we saw on the Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo Concept at last year’s SEMA show.
The Stingray will now have two new gauge cluster screens named “Tour” and “Sport”. The Tour theme will show current speed with other vehicle data, while the Sport setting will display horsepower, wheel slippage and the status of the electronic rear differential.
Some disliked the black exterior vents on the 2014 Corvette and luckily for them, Chevy has added the option to get them painted in either Shark Gray or body color for 2015. The tonneau inserts for the convertible can now also be painted in Carbon Flash.
Finally, Charles put the lid on any rumors surrounding other new models based on the seventh-generation ‘Vette, including a second coming of the supercar-slaying ZR1.
“I had the honor of being at the New York Auto Show last week where we introduced the fourth [model] that basically completes the 7th generation Corvette family,” he said.
We’ve stuck Corvette Blogger’s video from the seminar below, it’s an hour long but full of info, so don’t forget to give it a watch if you have the time.