2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (© Motor Trend)Click to enlarge picture

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

"The Big Nasty" Chevrolet Corvette Z06, as GM product mastermind Mark Reuss nicknamed it, stormed into the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit today.

Backed by an all-new, "625+ hp" and "635+ lb-ft" 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, Reuss said the new Z06 broke the lap record at GM's Milford Proving Ground, help previously by the Corvette ZR1. Much of that success was aided by racing-inspired aerodynamic aids shared with the also-presented C7.R racecar that will campaign in the new Tudor United Sports Car series and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Reuss specifically highlighted the similarities between the street and race cars, noting how little, aerodynamically, the race team had to change to get the downforce they needed. That's saying something, especially given that, according to Reuss, the new Z06 produced the most downforce of any vehicle GM has ever tested in its wind tunnel.

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There are plenty of other firsts the Z06 can claim as well. First Z06 with an automatic transmission option, an all-new, high-performance gearbox developed by GM that can be paddle-shifted. A seven-speed manual is standard.

This is also the first open-top Z06, coming standard with a removable carbon-fiber targa roof. Exciting as the new Z06 is, you'll be seeing a lot more of the racecar, which will soon begin campaigning in the new Tudor United Sports Car series.

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Production of the new Z06 won't begin until the fall with customer deliveries not scheduled until late 2014. Price has yet to be disclosed, but it won't be cheap. The previous generation car started at well over $70,000. Well-optioned previous generation Z06s eclipsed $100,000.

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