Spied! 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Sneeks Out onto Streets Before Detroit Debut

By Jacob Brown | December 06, 2013
We're a little more than a month away from the full reveal of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at the Detroit Auto Show, and General Motors, more than ever, it seems, is conducting the last of its on-street testing for the new mid-tier super Corvette.
While draped in the same vinyl camouflage wrappings as the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, there are some readily noticeable differences in the two vehicles. First are the giant cross-drilled brake rotors that appear to be made of a carbon ceramic material for fade-free stopping in aggressive driving. Next, cooling those appear to be a more gaping grille that looks longer than lower than the standard car's, perhaps serving as an extra aerodynamic aid on top of helping cool off the massive rotors.
Out back, as has become usual for the Corvette Z06, there appears to be a brake duct in front of the wheel, also helping cool its rear rotors. And all of those rotors appear to sit behind huge multi-spoke wheels that were seen on the Corvette Z06 teaser photo we've thus far gotten. To top it all off, the roof looks to be carbon fiber--a touch adopted from the previous-generation $110,000 Corvette ZR1--and the hood looks raised with a recessed center section with more mesh. Might that be needed for additional cooling? Our sources say yes, as the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is expected to come with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 with upwards of 600 horsepower. That would put it a mighty 100-plus horsepower ahead of the outgoing 505-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette Z06. This supercharged 6.2-liter is known right now as the LT4 engine, which is evocative of the name given to the hotter version of the 1990s C4 Corvette. That engine, however, was bumped from 300 horsepower in LT1 guise to 330 ponies, so that's where the comparison ought to end. It is interesting to note that if the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is set to have performance comparable to the more expensive outgoing ZR1, what will that mean for the ZR1 in a year's time? Will it have 700-plus horsepower? We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, enjoy our gallery of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 below.