Chevy Corvette Z06 Seriously Ups Its Game

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Given the gushing praise from automotive observers and industry professionals, it didn’t seem as if the new Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) Corvette could be improved on in many significant ways. At stock, the car pushes 460 horsepower and around 455 pound-feet of torque; more impressively, for a car in its class, the Corvette can manage near 30 miles per gallon on the highway through the use of some clever computer work.

This all means that Chevrolet’s inevitable higher-performance version of the new ‘Vette would have to be pretty spectacular to adequately differentiate itself from its entry-level sibling. Fortunately, General Motors engineers were up to the task, and the new Corvette Z06 — introduced on Monday at the North American International Auto Show — promises to be one insane car.

Horsepower is bumped by nearly 200 to “at least” 625, while torque is at an equally impressive 635 pound-feet thanks to the liberal application of supercharging. This isn’t just on par with the last generation of the Z06, which went out of production after the 2013 model year: This is nearly equal to the last Corvette ZR1, which ran in the arena of $110,000. Provided that Chevrolet is keen to fill the ZR1′s spot for the new generation, this seems to imply that buyers can obtain old ZR1 performance for a price comparable to the last generation of the Z06, which went for about $75,000. The official pricing of the 2015 Z06 will be announced closer to its launch date.

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