First look: GMSV shows off hot Corvette Z06 in Auckland
The latest in the Corvette line-up is here – well, in a way. A show version of the new Z06 model has landed in Auckland, and GMSV let us have a quick look.
For fans of the new mid-engined Corvette, the Z06 represents a healthy jump in performance compared to the existing Stingray thanks largely to a new engine that will really bridge the gap between America and Italy.
It is a 5.5-litre double overhead cam V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft allowing a redline of 8600rpm and power figures of 500kW/624Nm, mated to an eight-speed dual clutch transmission with a shorter final drive than the Stingray.
In addition, the Z06 gets larger 370mm diameter front and 380mm diameter rear Brembo brake rotors, with 6-piston front calipers (compared with 4-piston calipers on the standard ‘Vette). There is also a specific suspension set-up with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, bespoke to the Z06.
The Z06 is 9.4cm wider than the Stingray, accommodating massive 345-series rear tyres and more airflow through side air vents. If you want more aero, the Z07 Performance pack has what you need with more carbon fibre bits and a large rear wing.
Other differences include unique front and rear fascias, a unique reconfigurable rear spoiler with adjustable wickerbill elements designed to improve high-speed stability and cornering capability on a racetrack, and standard 20-inch front and 21-inch rear forged aluminium “spider” wheels, the largest wheels ever available on a production Corvette.
New Zealand Z06s don’t get the awesome quartet of centre-mounted exhausts, unfortunately. This is to do with emissions and the necessary particulate filters, and will result in that 500kW power figure dropping slightly.
“This new Z06 is indicative of what Corvette enthusiasts can expect from a MY24 Z06, as we will be offering 3LZ trim as standard,” said Greg Rowe, Director, GM Specialty Vehicles.
“This includes a steering wheel beautified with carbon fibre, shift paddles made from carbon fibre, sueded microfibre on the upper interior trim, leather-wrapped interior door panels and instrument panel, as well as GT2 bucket seats with Napa leather upholstery and carbon fibre garnish.”
The only remaining piece of the puzzle is pricing, but considering the Stingray currently asks $195,000 for the 3LT Stingray ($210k if you want the convertible), a sticker well north of $200,000 is likely. Especially since supply will be limited.
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