Chevrolet unleashed the all-new Corvette Z06 at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week. As we all know, the ‘Vette is America’s answer to the likes of Porsche 911 Turbo and Ferrari 458 Italia. Others believe it goes even beyond these.

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With the brand new Z06, Chevrolet believes it has built “the most track-capable Corvette in the brand’s history”.

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“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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The bragging doesn’t end there. In fact, this car is said to lap tracks at a faster pace than the old highly-acclaimed Corvette C6 ZR1. That’s quite pertinent because according to reports following the NAIAS, a ZR1 version of the new Z06 is not on the cards. We aren’t sure if this is just mere marketing speak or if it really is true.

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What makes the 2015 Z06 special though? Well, the 6.2-litre V8 engine for one. Said motor delivers 466kW of power and 861Nm of torque. It can be run by either a 7-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic. Nothing was said about its 0 – 100km/h capabilities but we can assume it will do that in less than 4 seconds when using the standard launch control.

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“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.”

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Rubber is of the Michelin Pilot Sport of P285/30Z R19 up front, while the rears are bigger 335/25Z R20. To assist with handling they fitted an electronic limited slip differential, performance traction management and active handling or StabiliTrak stability control.

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Unfortunately Chevrolet does not produce a right-hand-drive Corvette and so by law, General Motors South Africa cannot import it into Mzansi.

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