'Big Nasty' 2015 Corvette Z06 frightens children in Detroit
A world-class sports car and Chevy's newest track terror bows in Detroit.
"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.
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.
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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License To Lose,
Overall, I think the upcoming street-race Z 06 'Vette with improved engine, chassis and handling dynamics will be an animal to contend with for most of the road rockets now available on both sides of the pond. This car is now getting well into the performance categories of super-exotic sleds costing several times as much, ie; Lambo, Ferrari, Porsche, etc. The new 'Vette will clearly be one Hell of a machine for the money, but still unfortunately way out of the price rage of the vast majority of car enthusiasts.That said, it would be an absolute blast to own and drive one... although I'm quite sure I'd lose my license in the first week behind the wheel of this fiberglass fantasy. Peace to all ~
and it comes with a 6-pac of cialis.
(because @ that age you never know when the moment might be right...)
I skimmed it 3 x, how much?
Not that I'm shopping, just a little curious...