Chevrolet is showcasing a whole slew of concept performance parts for the Corvette C7 Stingray that will be pulled down from 2015 Corvette Z06. Announced at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet Performance has concocted everything from steel rotor brakes with Brembo six-piston calipers, to a larger rear transmission cooler, to a new front grille allowing for greater air flow, all for the Stingray model. Considering the C7 Z06 isn’t launching until January 2015, the parts are just a concept… for now.
To recap (and honestly it’s a great recap), let’s talk about the performance of the 2015 Z06 for a brief moment. The monster 2015 Corvette Z06 achieves a sub-3 second 0-60 time, and an 11-second quarter-mile. Power is either sent to the standard 7-speed manual, where 0-60 can happen in as few as 3.2-seconds, or the all new 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters, which makes for a a 0-60 time of 2.95(!)-seconds. And so, the Chevrolet Performance concept parts are meant to demonstrate that Stingray owners could apply factory-engineered Z06 parts to their Stingrays to make the car an even more capable track machine.
“We are looking forward to feedback from SEMA members and Corvette enthusiasts around the world about their interest in these concept Z06 parts” said Jim Campbell, Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
The extensive list of concept factory engineered parts being shown is as follows:
- Z06 stabilizer bars, control arms and the Z06’s unique composite transverse leaf spring
- Unique Bilstein shocks, tuned to match the chassis components of the Z06
- Z06 front and rear brakes (steel rotors) – featuring Brembo aluminum six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers; and 14.6-inch-diameter front rotors and 14.4-inch rear rotors
- Z06 front and rear brakes (carbon ceramic rotors) – the brakes from the Z06’s available Z07 package include 15.5-inch carbon ceramic matrix front rotors and 15.3-inch carbon rear rotors
- Z06 front brake ducts
- Z06 600-watt radiator electric fan for superior cooling capability
- Z06 front grille, which offers 17-percent greater airflow than the grille on the Stingray with the Z51 package – and it includes inlets that match the Z06 front brake ducts
- Z06 rear transmission oil cooler – a larger cooler assembly that replaces the one used on the Stingray’s Z51 package for about 15-percent more cooling capacity
- Z06 front auxiliary transmission cooler that essentially doubles the overall cooling capacity
- Z06 rear quarter-panel vents that provide approximately 25-percent greater airflow than the Z51 vents at track speed
- Z06 carbon fiber torque tube that is about 13.2 pounds lighter than the Stingray’s torque tube
- Z06 drive shaft couplers that are designed to stand up to higher exhaust heat than the Stingray and Z51 couplers
- Z06 carbon fiber underbody braces are 17-percent lighter than the Stingray’s aluminum braces, while offering comparable stiffness
- Z06 high-wing rear spoiler with wicker, based on the available carbon fiber aero package.
We’re fairly certain that reactions will be very warm to these possible upgrades for the Corvette Stingray, as they could offer some seriously great improvements from an already-incredibly-engineered car. Plus, the Holiday wish lists of the GM Authority staff just got this much longer.