The new seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was just named 2014 North American Car of the Year and to make things even more interesting, Chevrolet has unveiled the all-new Corvette Z06 with a new 6.2-litre LT4 supercharged V8 delivering at least 625bhp and 653 lb-ft of torque.
The new supercharged V8 is linked to either a 7-speed manual gearbox or a newly developed 8-speed automatic transmission, that according to GM offers shift times very similar to the best dual-clutch gearboxes offered by rivals and will shift eight-hundredths of a second quicker than the seven-speed PDK in the new Porsche 911.
The suspension is a tuned version of that on the Stingray, with Magnetic Ride Control and the electronic limited-slip differential standard.
The new Z06 is visually distinguished from the standard Stingray with flared fenders, larger vents, carbon fibre bonnet, carbon fibre roof panel, wider wheels and tyres.
The carbon fibre aero package will add front splitter with aviation-style winglets, larger rear spoiler and rocker panels.
The Z07 package adds bigger winglets, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup Tyres, new rear spoiler and carbon ceramic-matrix brakes. With the Z07 kit, the Z06 will provide the most aerodynamic downforce of any production car made by General Motors.
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is scheduled to go on sale early next year.