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Could a 2015 Corvette Z06X Be Launched?

Could a 2015 Corvette Z06X Be Launched?

Just yesterday, reports emerged suggesting that Chevrolet currently has no plans to offer a ZR1 variant of the new seventh-generation Corvette. Now, speculation has arisen indicating that while a more potent road-oriented Corvette Z06 isn’t on the cards, a track-focused Z06 isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

As you may recall, back in 2010, Chevrolet revealed the Z06X at SEMA following a similar train of thought to the Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR and ACR-X. This Corvette Z06X featured brand new racing wheels, adjustable suspension, a complete roll-cage as well as some extensive aerodynamic improvements to increase downforce most specifically via the large rear wing.
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While speaking with Car and Driver at the Detroit Motor Show 2014, Corvette product manager Harlan Charles said, “The idea was a non-street-legal, factory-built track car, and that is something that we are considering would be a great thing to apply to the new Corvette Z06. I mean that’s something we could see in the future. We’ve got a lot of ideas, but nothing to show today, unfortunately.”

If such a C7 Corvette ever came to fruition, it would inevitably feature an even more powerful engine. As it stands, the new 2015 Corvette Z05 gets a new, LT4 supercharged 6.2 litre V8 engine which delivers at least 625 horsepower and a staggering 861 Nm of torque. The engine leverages direct injection, active fuel management, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing to produce that performance. The gearbox choice is between a traditional seven-speed manual or an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual control.

[Via Car and Driver]

Published: January 16, 2014 8:17 pm

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