The first question we asked ourselves when we laid eyes on the all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 at the North American International Auto Show in January was “how much?”. The Z06 looked like a pricey bit of kit to our eyes, but it turns out it will actually undercut nearly all of its competitors, with the coupe starting at $78,995 and the Z06 Convertible starting at $83,995. Chevy says these prices include destination but exclude tax, title, license, optional equipment and other dealer fees.
The Z06 is available in three trims, 1LZ, 2LZ and 3LZ. Chevrolet didn’t go too much into detail as to what each trim package will offer, but said optional extras include a ‘Premium Package’ with a leather wrapped interior, a ground effects package, competition sport seats, carbon fiber interior trim, a carbon fiber roof panel and of course, the Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder.
For the performance enthusiast, the Z06 will come with the optional Carbon Fiber package and Z07 package. The carbon fiber pack will cost $2,995 and will include a carbon fiber front splitter, carbon rocker panels and a more aggressive rear wicker bill spoiler. The Z07 pack will run the price up by another $7,995 and will add Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, adjustable aero components to the carbon pack’s front and rear splitters and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires.
“The Z07 performance package enhances overall performance to make the Corvette Z06 one of the most track-capable cars you can buy off the dealership floor and still drive it to work every day,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product and marketing manager.
The Z06’s supercharged, direct injection 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine produces an SAE-certified 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful car to ever come from General Motors. Its $78,995 asking price is also a good bit less than that of the 640 horsepower C6 Corvette ZR1, which the Z06 will almost certainly be faster than. The 2015 Z06 is expected to go on sale in the early months of 2015, though Chevy has yet to confirm an exact time frame.