VIP Plant Tours Offer Up-Close Look At Corvette’s Production Line

Corvette Assembly Line
Corvette Assembly Line

Want to see how the new C7 Corvette is made? Here's a great road trip opportunity.

The National Corvette Museum offers VIP tours of the Corvette's remodeled Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky. The VIP treatment also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, located nearby. 

These up-close tours pair visitors with a knowledgeable guide who can explain the complex manufacturing process and the engineering wonders of the C7 sports car. The plant underwent a $131-million upgrade for the production of the Stingray so there are lots of new things to see at the facility.

VIP tours cost $200 for up to four people. Additional guests are $50 each with a group limit of seven. 

Find out more VIP details here.


After being closed last year for the renovations, “we are delighted to invite the public back into our facility so we can continue our close-knit customer relationships and educate enthusiasts from around the world about the unique Corvette manufacturing process,” says Dave Tatman, plant manager.

Regular public tours include a one-mile walking tour of the Corvette production line. They are offered Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT. Tours are $7 per person and reservations are strongly recommended. Tour guidelines and reservations are available at

Customer experience programs

Other popular customer programs coordinated with the National Corvette Museum include Museum Delivery, Buyers Tour and the Corvette Photo Album. These offer new owners a variety of ways to personalize their Corvette purchase experience.

Corvette Boulevard at the Corvette Museum
Corvette Boulevard at the Corvette Museum

“These are truly unique programs and opportunities for customers, because no other manufacturer allows such personal access to the assembly and delivery of their cars,” says Wendell Strode, the museum’s executive director. “They make the magic of Corvette ownership more special with memories that will last a lifetime.”

  • Museum Delivery: Available as a dealer option, this program allows customers to take delivery of their Corvette at the museum. Museum schedulers notify the customer when their car will be completed and help the customer pick their delivery date. On arrival, customers receive a private tour of the plant. They then take delivery of their new Corvette from the museum showroom, where their car is on display.
  • Buyers Tour: This tour allows customers to watch the assembly of their Corvette at the Bowling Green plant. Museum personnel use a vehicle’s order number to track the build schedule for a customer’s Corvette Stingray and contact him/her when the build date is scheduled. The customer and a guest receive a guided tour of the plant – including viewing areas not included in the general plant tour – often following his/her Corvette from the start of body assembly to the end of the line.
  • Corvette Photo Album: Whether they take delivery of their Corvette Stingray at the museum or at their local dealership, all Corvette customers can purchase a photo album that documents the assembly of their car. The leather-bound album includes more than 20 pages of text and photos devoted to capturing the build process, as well as a letter of authenticity from the National Corvette Museum.

For costs and more details on these special programs, visit

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Kelley Blue Book Picks C7 Corvette As Its ‘Car Of The Week’

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 C7 Corvette

Kelley Blue Book named the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette as its Vehicle of the Week.

KBB experts and the actual car owners give detailed reviews on what makes this American supercar so great.

"Almost as if no sports cars ever came before it, the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is untouchable. You can't get this much horsepower (455) at this much price ($52,000) anywhere else. Striking a look that stirs our "American Supercar" vapors in coupe and convertible form, and a 2-seat interior soaked in leather, aluminum and carbon fiber, the new Corvette has the power to make you forget your crush on a Porsche 911 or Audi R8 – all for the price of a Porsche Cayman or an Audi TTS. The new Corvette will fulfill your desires whether you just need to pick up another quart of Monster from the 7-11 or you want to trim another second off your lap time on track day."

Read the lengthy KBB review.

If you're looking, Matick Chevy in metro Detroit (with nationwide sales and delivery) was allocated 85+ 2014 Corvettes.

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PM Video Highlights The Extensive Design, Build And Test Of C7.R

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C7 R in development

Pratt Miller You Tube video posted 1-20-14

Click here to see what it takes to build and develop the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R in time for its inaugural race at the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, in the newly formed, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series.

This video starts out a little slow, but builds as it continues through 3:57 of time-elapsed highlights of how this fast new racecar was created, built and track tested.

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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

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Callaway Cars Ready To Tweak Z06; Callaway Carbon ISO 9001 Certified

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An example of Callaway's supercharging  -- the C7 GT3

Engineers at Callaway Cars are eager to start performance work on the 2015 Corvette Z06 unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.

“With its supercharged LT4 engine and an array of new performance upgrades, this model will be an excellent base for Callaway’s ‘powerfully engineered’ packages. Our engineers can’t wait to get started with Z06 product development,” reports Chris Chessnoe, manager of the Callaway Dealer Program.

The Corvette Z06 will arrive in select Chevy dealer showrooms by early 2015.

“But Corvette lovers, chomping at the bit for 2015 Z06 performance, can purchase a supercharged Callaway Corvette immediately. They don’t have to wait until next year to own Z06 power. For those who simply must have a roadster, the absence of a Z06 convertible in Chevrolet's program doesn’t mean they can’t own one. The Callaway Corvette convertible gives them the ability to drive a supercharged Corvette convertible right now,” says Chessnoe.

“Next year, for customers that aren’t satisfied with the Z06’s power rating, we’ll offer Z06-based Callaway Corvettes that provide even more power and exclusivity,” he adds.

Optional Callaway Carbon aerodynamic components will deliver track-proven functionality and innovative styling. Since the Z06 is already factory-supercharged, the new Callaway Z06 packages may be priced lower than existing Callaway Corvette packages that include a supercharger and related equipment.

Callaway Z06s will be emissions-compliant and will retain the standard Callaway warranty and optional powertrain service contract.

Callaway’s exclusive dealer in Michigan is George Matick Chevrolet.


In related news, Callaway Carbon announced that it has been certified to ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 Rev C standards by SAI Global, a leading global management systems certification body.

“Our businesses are well-known for their superior quality products and services,” says Reeves Callaway, Callaway Companies founder. “Now, ISO 9001 and AS9100C allow us to formalize Callaway Carbon's procedures and practices, underscoring our dedication to excellence.”

Callaway Carbon designs, tools and manufactures premium-quality structural and non-structural carbon components for military, medical, aerospace and automotive clients.

ISO 9001 is the internationally recognized standard for the quality management of businesses. AS9100C is the most recent quality management system for manufacturers of products in the aviation, aerospace and defense industries. This standard supplements ISO 9001 with additional quality system requirements pertaining to DOD, NASA and FAA.

“Our investment in ISO certification shows our national and international customers that we're serious about the business of quality, consistency and responsibility,” says Adrian Corbett, Callaway Carbon's operations manager. “It's a demanding process, but it serves to assure our customer/partners that they can expect world-class customer service."

Callaway Carbon and Callaway Cars are two of the four core business units that comprise the Callaway Companies. The others are Callaway Engineering (which focuses on development of high-performance vehicles, systems, and components) and Callaway Competition (which designs, constructs and campaigns Corvette-based race cars for FIA and ADAC GT Masters racing series).

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Will The New Corvette Z06 Spawn A More Track Oriented Z06X Model?

2015 Corvette Z06
2015 Corvette Z06

Posted on GM Authority by Manoli Katakis, 1-15-14

The 2015 C7 Corvette Z06 is the talk of the 2014 North American International Auto Show, with its C6 ZR1-eclipsing power figures, GT racecar aerodynamics, all blended with a subtle hint of attainability.

Some wonder if the Corvette can continue to ascend to new levels of racing capability with a conservatively estimated 620 horsepower and 635 foot-pounds of torque, but power isn’t the only component of performance.

Imagine what the Corvette team could do if they took a closer look at the shocks of the 2015 Corvette Z06, which is shared with the more pedestrian Stingray. Or if they found ways to improve on the brakes, wheels and tires, which are all carryover parts from the C6 Corvette ZR1.

Thirdly, there’s always more lightness to be added somewhere. Think of such a vehicle as the equivalent to the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro family’s Z/28; a raw, barely street-legal machine built solely for the purpose of road course racing and time attacks.

For instance, the Z/28 uses racecar-grade DSSV shocks, the only street-legal vehicle to do so outside of the Aston Martin One-77. The Z/28 will also debut Pirelli Trofeo R cheater-slick tires before Lamborghini does so, mounted 305-wide on all four corners (the largest front mounted tires for a car on the market), and utilizes minimalist aluminum wheels to hold them in place.

These are all examples of what the Corvette team could use to enhance the Z06′s track prowess. A good example of entertaining that very thought was the C6 Corvette Z06X SEMA concept car from a few years back.

When it comes down to feasibility, Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles told Car and Driver that a C7 Z06X is “something we could see in the future. We’ve got a lot of ideas, but nothing to show today, unfortunately.”

This comes after Charles told us that the ZR1 is currently not on the table, but just because there aren’t plans for a ZR1, doesn’t mean there won’t be a faster C7 Corvette.

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2014 Silverado and Impala with the Detroit skyline

Chevrolet garnered another awards sweep this week at the North American International Auto Show. named the Impala sedan and the Silverado full-size pickup as its Best Car and Best Truck of 2014.

The awards presented each January during the NAIAS.

The Corvette and the Silverado also sweeped the best car and truck of the year as selected by the Automotive Press Association.

The nominees’ attention to innovation, quality and value influences the vehicles chosen. Each category has six nominees.

“Winning just one of these awards for an automaker is pretty tough, given the high number of quality cars and trucks that debut each year,” said Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief of “For Chevrolet to grab both awards shows the depth of their ability to build desirable vehicles.”

The Silverado, completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, earned high marks for its chassis strength, redesigned interior and MyLink connected infotainment system.

“Winning these awards is a huge honor for Chevrolet,” said Alan Batey, General Motors senior vice president of Global Chevrolet. “The fact that the top vehicle in both these categories is a Chevrolet speaks volumes about the strength of our entire portfolio.”

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Based on Z06, C7.R Features Aluminum Frame 40% Stiffer Than C6.R

C7 R Walkaround with Jim Campbell
C7 R Walkaround with Jim Campbell

Watch Jim Campbell, vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, give you an exclusive look at the newly-revealed 2014 Corvette C7.R racecar.

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Z06 Corvette Specs, Photos And More From Detroit Auto Show Unveiling

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2015 Corvette Z06

Photos and News From GM's Corvette Z06 Unveiling 1-13-14

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is Most Capable, Ever

• Enters supercar territory with race-proven design, advanced technologies and world-class performance
• With track-focused Z07 performance package, 2015 Corvette Z06 delivers faster lap times than 2014 Corvette ZR1
• First Corvette Z06 to offer supercharged engine, removable roof panel and available paddle-shift automatic transmission

DETROIT – Chevrolet today introduced the most track-capable Corvette in the brand’s history – the 2015 Corvette Z06. It stretches the performance envelope for Corvette with unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce, at least 625 horsepower from an all-new supercharged engine, and an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission – all building on the advanced driver technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray.

“The new Z06 delivers levels of performance, technology and design that rival the most exotic supercars in the world,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. “And the Z06 leverages the engineering expertise of GM, offering the choice of two world-class transmissions, supercar performance without supercar fuel consumption and technologies that make it easier to fully enjoy the incredible experience of driving it.”

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Z06 supercharged engine

The 2015 model is the first Corvette Z06 to offer a supercharged engine, an automatic transmission and, thanks to a stronger aluminum frame, a removable roof panel. The new, supercharged 6.2L engine is expected to deliver at least 625 horsepower (466 kW), and can be matched with either a seven-speed manual or an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual control. The aluminum frame carries over from the Corvette Stingray and will be used essentially unchanged for the Corvette Racing C7.R.

A track-focused Z07 Performance Package adds unique components for true aerodynamic downforce, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip, and Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to greater handling through reduced unsprung weight. Although development testing is ongoing, the Z07 package has already recorded some of the fastest lap times ever for a Corvette, surpassing even the ZR1.

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2015 Corvette Z06

“The Corvette Z06 is a great example of the technology transfer between racing and production Corvettes,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “First, we took what we learned on the Corvette Racing C6.R and applied that to the all-new Corvette Stingray. Then, using the Stingray as a foundation, the Z06 and C7.R were developed to push the envelope of performance on the street and the track.”

Supercharged, efficient performance

The heart of the 2015 Corvette Z06 is the all-new LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, expected to deliver an estimated 625 horsepower (466 kW) and 635 lb-ft of torque (861 Nm). To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray: Direct injection, Active Fuel Management, or cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing.

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Corvette Z06

These technologies – combined with the fuel-efficient multi-speed transmissions, aerodynamic design and lightweight construction – help make the new Z06 surprisingly fuel efficient.

“The supercharged LT4 engine delivers the greatest balance of performance and efficiency ever in the Corvette,” said John Rydzewski, assistant chief engineer for Small-Block engines. “It is one of the world’s only supercharged engines to incorporate cylinder deactivation technology, enabling it to cruise efficiently on the highway with reduced fuel consumption, but offer more than 600 horsepower whenever the driver calls up its tremendous power reserve.”

To maintain the Z06’s mass and performance targets, the LT4 engine was designed with a more-efficient, more-compact supercharger. Even with its integrated supercharger/intercooler assembly mounted in the valley between the cylinder heads, the engine is only about one inch (25 mm) taller than the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 engine – while delivering nearly 37 percent more horsepower and 40 percent more torque.

The new 1.7L Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger spins at up to 20,000 rpm – 5,000 rpm more than the supercharger on the Corvette ZR1’s LS9. The rotors are shorter in length, too, which contributes to their higher-rpm capability – and enables them to get up to speed quicker, producing power-enhancing boost earlier in the rpm band. That boost is achieved more efficiently, thanks to a new, more direct discharge port that creates less turbulence, reducing heat and speeding airflow into the engine. 

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The LT4 engine also has several unique features designed to support its higher output and the greater cylinder pressures created by forced induction, including:
• Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional heads
• Lightweight titanium intake valves and machined connecting rods for reduced reciprocating mass
• High 10.0:1 compression ratio – for a forced-induction engine – enhances performance and efficiency and is enabled by direct injection
• Forged aluminum pistons with unique, stronger structure to ensure strength under high cylinder pressures
• Stainless steel exhaust headers and an aluminum balancer that are lighter than their LT1 counterparts
• Standard dry-sump oiling system with larger cooler capacity than Z51; used with dual-pressure-control oil pump.

The LT4 will be built in Tonawanda, N.Y., and at the new Performance Build Center in Bowling Green, Ky.

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2015 Corvette Z06

Eight speeds, no waiting
The supercharged LT4 is offered with a standard seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match, or an all-new 8L90 eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission designed to enhance both performance and efficiency.

“Unlike most ultra-performance cars, the Corvette Z06 offers customers the choice between two transmissions to suit their driving styles,” said Juechter. “The seven-speed gives the driver the control of a true three-pedal manual transmission with perfect shifts enabled by Active Rev Matching. The new eight-speed automatic offers drivers the comfort and drivability of a true automatic transmission, as well as lightning-fast shifts and manual control for track driving.”

The seven-speed manual incorporates rev-matching technology for upshifts and downshifts. This driver-selectable feature can be easily engaged or disengaged via paddles on the steering wheel. The seven-speed is used with a new dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch, which deliver greater shift quality and feel through lower inertia.

The eight-speed automatic is tuned for world-class shift-response times, and smaller steps between gears keep the LT4 within the sweet spot of the rpm band, making the most of the output of the supercharged engine for exhilarating performance and greater efficiency.

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2015 Corvette Z06

For performance driving, the transmission offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, and unique algorithms to deliver shift performance that rivals the dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions found in many supercars – but with the smoothness and refinement that comes with a conventional automatic fitted with a torque converter.

In fact, the 8L90’s controller analyzes and executes commands 160 times per second, and wide-open throttle upshifts are executed up to eight-hundredths of a second quicker than those of the dual-clutch transmission offered in the Porsche 911.

“There’s no trade-off in drivability with the new 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission – it was designed to deliver performance on par with dual-clutch designs, but without sacrificing refinement,” said Bill Goodrich, assistant chief engineer for eight-speed automatic transmissions. “It is also the highest-capacity automatic transmission ever offered in a Chevrolet car.”

Featuring four gearsets and five clutches, creative packaging enables the GM-developed eight-speed automatic to fit the same space as the six-speed automatic used in the Corvette Stingray. Extensive use of aluminum and magnesium make it more than eight pounds (4 kg) lighter than the six-speed. Along with design features that reduce friction, the 8L90 is expected to contribute up to 5-percent greater efficiency, when compared with a six-speed automatic.

The eight-speed automatic will be built at GM’s Toledo, Ohio, transmission facility.

Designed for downforce

The performance targets of the Z06 also posed a challenge for the design team, which had to create a striking design that also contributed to increased capabilities.

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2015  Corvette Z06

“Practically every exterior change served a functional purpose, as this beast needed more of everything,” said Tom Peters, Corvette design director, “The flared fenders accommodate larger, wider wheels and tires for more grip. The larger vents provide more cooling air to the engine, brakes, transmission and differential for increased track capability. The more aggressive aerodynamic package generates true downforce for more cornering grip and high-speed stability.”

The design changes began not with the exterior panels, but the tires.

To deliver the levels of grip needed for the Z06’s performance targets, the Z06 was fitted with larger Michelin tires (Pilot Super Sport tires for the Z06; Sport Cup 2 tires with the Z07 package). The P285/30ZR19 front tires are 1.5 inches wider than the tires on the Stingray, while the 335/25ZR20 rear tires are two inches wider.

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2015  Corvette Z06

To cover the wider tire tread, the fenders of the Z06 were extended by 2.2 inches (56 mm) at the front, and 3.15 inches (80 mm) at the rear. These extensions give the Corvette Z06 a wider, lower appearance further emphasized by a unique rear fascia. It incorporates the same taillamp assemblies as the Stingray, but on the Z06 the taillamps are pushed approximately three inches farther apart, toward to edges of the body.

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2015 Corvette Z06

The tires are mounted on lightweight, spin-cast aluminum wheels that are also wider than the Stingray (19 x 10 inches in front and 20 x 12 inches in the rear). Their open, ultralight design showcases the massive Brembo brakes, which are part of the design aesthetic:
• The Z06 features two-piece steel rotors, measuring 14.6 x 1.3-inch (371 x 33 mm) front and 14.4 x 1-inch (365 x 25 mm) rear, with aluminum six-piston and four-piston fixed calipers, respectively
• The Z07 package adds larger, 15.5 x 1.4-inch (394 x 36 mm) front and 15.3 x 1.3-inch (388 x 33 mm) carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors for consistent performance lap after lap, and collectively save 23 pounds over the standard Z06 rotors.

To harness the cornering and braking grip afforded by the larger tires and brakes, the exterior of the Corvette Z06 is tailored to produce aerodynamic downforce that presses the tires to the ground at high speeds.

The Z06 will offer three, increasing levels of aerodynamic downforce:
• The standard Z06 features a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, and the rear spoiler from the Corvette Stingray’s Z51 Performance Package
• An available carbon-fiber aero package - in either black or a visible carbon-fiber finish - adds a carbon fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill – a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler that significantly increases downforce
• The available Z07 package add larger winglets to the front splitter, along with an adjustable, see-through center section on the rear spoiler for track use. With this package, the Corvette Z06 delivers the most aerodynamic downforce of any production car that GM has tested.

The exterior design also reflects the increased cooling required for the new Corvette Z06. For example, the mesh pattern on the front fascia was painstakingly designed to deliver the most possible airflow to the supercharger’s intercooler heat exchanger, so much that the mesh grill directs more air into the engine bay than if the grille was removed.

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2015 Corvette Z06

The unique grille also features dedicated brake-cooling intakes and wider grille outlets on the bottom serve as air diffusers. The grille is complemented with a larger hood vent, which vents hot air from the engine compartment and contributes to downforce by allowing air driven through the grille to exit through the hood rather than being forced under the car, which could create lift.

Additional cooling elements include larger front fender vents and unique air blades over the inlets on the rear fenders, which force about 50 percent more air into the cooling ducts for the transmission and differential coolers than those on the Stingray. To cope with the additional airflow, the Z06 has also has larger rear-fascia openings than the Stingray.

Standard front and rear brake-cooling ducts, including Z06-signature rear ducts integrated in front of the rear fender openings, are also part of the functional design changes.

Inside, the Corvette Z06 is distinguished from the Corvette Stingray by unique color schemes that emphasize the driver-focused cockpit, and a unique, flat-bottomed steering wheel.

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2015 Corvette Z06

Like the Stingray, the Z06 will be offered with two seating choices: a GT seat, for all-around comfort, and a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering, which provides greater support on the track. The frame structure for both seats is made of magnesium, for greater strength and less weight than comparable steel frames. They’re also more rigid, contributing to the enhanced feeling of support during performance driving.

The Z06 also benefits from interior details designed for high-performance driving, first introduced on the Stingray, including a steel-reinforced grab bar on the center console for the passenger and soft-touch materials on the edge of the console, where the driver naturally braces during high-load cornering.

The performance-supporting elements inside the new Corvette Z06 are complemented by unprecedented attention to detail and build quality. All models feature a fully wrapped interior, where every surface is covered with premium, soft-touch materials. Available materials, depending on the trim level, include Napa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and micro-suede.

Track-proven technologies

The 2015 Corvette Z06 leverages the technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray, including the strategic use of lightweight materials and advanced driver technologies, with unique features and calibrations tailored for its capabilities.

“Our mission with the seventh-generation Corvette was to make the performance levels more accessible, enabling drivers to exploit every pound-foot of torque, every “g” of grip and every pound of downforce,” said Juechter. “It’s a philosophy we introduced with the 460-horsepower Corvette Stingray – and one that’s even more relevant with an estimated 625 horsepower at your beck and call.”

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2015 Corvette Z06

For the first time ever, the Corvette Z06’s aluminum frame will be produced in-house at General Motors’ Bowling Green assembly plant. It’s the same robust, lightweight frame used on the Corvette Stingray and it will be used essentially unchanged for the C7.R race cars.

The stiffer design of the aluminum frame allows the Corvette Z06 to be offered with a removable roof panel for the first time. With the lightweight, carbon fiber roof panel removed, the new Corvette Z06 offers 20 percent more structural rigidity than the previous model’s fixed-roof design. It is 60 percent stiffer than the previous model with the roof panel installed.

The new Z06 retains the SLA-type front and rear suspension design of the Corvette Stingray but uniquely calibrated for the higher performance threshold. The third-generation Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers are standard on Z06. They can be adjusted for touring comfort or maximum track performance via the standard Driver Mode Selector.

Like the Stingray, the Driver Mode Selector tailors up to a dozen features of the Z06 to suit the driver’s environment, including:
• Launch control: Available in Track mode for manual and automatic transmissions, providing maximum off-the-line acceleration
• Active handling (StabiliTrak electronic stability control): A “competitive” setting is available in Track mode and is more suited for on-track conditions. It can also be disabled, giving the driver complete control
• Traction control: Weather mode tailors traction control and engine torque for driving in inclement conditions
• Performance Traction Management: Available in Track mode and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving
• Electronic Limited Slip Differential: Adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, to balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions with more aggressive performance in Sport and Track modes.

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2015 Corvette Z06

The smart electronic limited-slip differential, or eLSD, is standard on the Z06 to make the most of the torque split between the rear wheels. The system features a hydraulically actuated clutch that can infinitely vary clutch engagement and can respond from open to full engagement in tenths of a second. It shifts torque based on a unique algorithm that factors in vehicle speed, steering input and throttle position to improve steering feel, handling balance and traction.

The eLSD is fully integrated with Electronic Stability Control and Performance Traction Management systems. Its calibrations vary among three modes, based on the Drive Mode Selector setting:

Mode 1 is the default setting for normal driving and emphasizes vehicle stability
Mode 2 is engaged when electronic stability control is turned off in the Sport or Track modes. This calibration enables more nimble turn-in and traction while accelerating out of a corner
Mode 3 is automatically selected when Performance Traction Management is engaged. This calibration has the same function as Mode 2, but is fine-tuned to work with Performance Traction Management.

The new Corvette Z06 will be available in early 2015. Performance data and pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

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2015 Corvette Z06 and C7R
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Chevy Enjoyed Successful 2013 With More Product Launches To Come

Mark Reuss on GM Successes
Mark Reuss on GM successes

GM's Global Product Chief Mark Reuss discusses Chevy's recent successes -- car and truck of the year -- and more from the Corvette exhibit at the North American International Auto Show.

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