Autoweek Staff Selects Z06 As ‘Best In Show’ During NAIAS Media Days

Z06 Unveiled At Detroit Auto Show
Z06 Unveiled During Detroit Auto Show Media Days

Detroit Auto Show report posted on Automotive News by Wes Raynal, 1-16-14

The press conferences are over (our feet are killing us), our staff has stopped wrestling, and the ballots are counted. The 2014 Detroit auto show had dozens of never-before-seen cars and trucks gleaming under the Cobo Center lights.

Here are the four we, the Autoweek staff, think stood out the most.

Best in Show: 2015 Corvette Z06

Simply put, the Corvette Z06 is incredible. Chevy's claiming at least 625 hp from its 6.2-liter supercharged small-block. The engine is called LT4 and produces 635 lb-ft of torque to go along with the monster horsepower.

The LT4 has a new 1.7-liter Eaton supercharger; it only adds an inch to engine height and Chevrolet says the Z06 is recording lap times faster than the outgoing ZR1. The Z06 uses the standard Stingray's aluminum structure.

For the Z06, bodywork has been modified for more speed, downforce and stability, and you'll also have the option to upgrade to a carbon fiber aero package with a new front splitter, rocker panels and a larger rear spoiler.

Not enough? There's a Z06 performance package with larger winglets for the front splitter and an adjustable center section for the rear spoiler. Other body changes include a reworked front fascia to cool the supercharger's intercooler; both front and rear brakes benefit from cooling vents; and since 50 percent more air is directed toward the transmission and differential, the rear fascia has larger openings.

Two-piece steel brake rotors are standard, carbon-ceramic rotors optional. Michelin Pilot Sports tires are standard, and the fenders have been widened more than 2 inches in front and more than 3 inches in the rear to accommodate the new rubber. Suspension is carried over from the Stingray, calibrated for the performance increase and Magnetic Selective Ride Control is standard. So is the electronic limited-slip diff.

Since last year's Stingray debut, we've been holding our breath for the Z06. Next up? Driving it, of course. From what we can tell so far, we won't be disappointed.

Others considered: None

To read more about the North American International Auto Show, visit www.autonews.com.

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