When Chevrolet announced that the 2015 Corvette Z06 would pack 650 horses and 650 pound-feet of torque — 145 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque more than the 2013 Z06 — it immediately rendered the iconic ZR1 obsolete. With that in mind, many experts and enthusiasts saw the potential for the Z06’s price to creep nearer to the $110k mark that the last ZL1 sat at. Well, Chevrolet just released pricing on the Z06 coupe and convertible, and it looks like those folks had it wrong, fortunately.
In fact, the new, super-powerful Z06 coupe will only cost a little over $3k more than the 2013 Z06 did, as Chevy has priced it at $78,995. The convertible Z06 will carry a slight premium that jacks its base MSRP to $83,995. Both versions of the 2015 Z06 will be available in three trim levels: 1LZ, 2LZ and 3LZ.
For those who crave the ZL1’s race track-ready setup, the Z06 is here for you, as it has two optional packages to prep it for track days. The Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package comes in at $2,995 and adds in a slew of functional, carbon-fiber aero bits like a front splitter, rocker panels and rear spoiler.
The big daddy of the optional packages is the Z07 performance package, which adds in Brembo carbon-ceramic matrix rotors for reduced unsprung weight and less brake fade, adjustable front and rear aero bits for the Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package, and a set of super-grippy Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires. The Z07 package will set you back an extra $7,995.
Even with the two performance-enhancing packages installed, given the Z07 package doesn’t include the Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package, the Z06 will still only set you back $89,985, which is far less than the last ZL1.
On top of the performance goodies, there are plenty of other available features that buyers can opt for to enhance the Z06 experience, including a Premium Package that adds in a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a Performance Data Recorder with navi, competition sport seats coated in leather or sueded microfiber, carbon-fiber interior trim, carbon-fiber convertible tonneau cover inserts, a visible carbon-fiber targa top on coupe models, and numerous wheel finishes and brake caliper colors.
I think it is safe to say that GM and Chevy are looking to make a huge statement with the mighty Z06 in 2015.