When a Corvette drives by, what thoughts come to mind? Are they thoughts of the long standing run of performance and precision that has come with the Corvette name for Chevrolet, or of the sleek and stylish body that has to have enough downforce included to keep this awesome supercar from taking flight when powered by the awesome engine that is found under the hood? No matter the thoughts the fact is simple: the Corvette is one of the longest running and most well-respected sports cars in history.
Among the many changes to the 2015 model the Corvette offers a model, the Z06 that is the most powerful Corvette ever offered from General Motors making it much more powerful the most of the European offerings that are much higher in price. Along with the awesome power of the Z06, the entire Corvette lineup offers power and performance that would be expected from this historic super car.
Along with the new model offering for 2015, the Corvette comes in with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, new interior trims and upgrades making this the best Corvette ever. Driving the Corvette, in any power format offers a very exhilarating experience. The suspension and steering often end up feeling left out compared to the engine offerings, but between a highly tuned suspension, dynamically responsive steering and a large set of brakes, controlling the power under the hood is easy enough for anyone to enjoy the drive. In addition to the control features, the Corvette offers five driver-selectable programs for different driving conditions and choices to make sure each driver can select how they want their Corvette to perform and what type of driving they want to experience during each drive in this awesome super car.
The Corvette for 2015 is simpler in the power category than might be expected by offering only two engines to choose from, one for all models and one for the Z06. The base engine shows up as a 6.2-liter V8 engine that offers 455 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. These power numbers get a boost when the performance exhaust is installed bringing them to 460 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. This model offers a boost for the fuel efficiency with the cylinder management system that shuts down four of the eight cylinders when not needed. With the seven-speed manual transmission in place this model shows up with a fuel efficiency of 17 city/29 hwy mpg and 16 city/29 hwy when the new eight-speed automatic transmission is in place.
The massively powerful engine that is found on the all-new Z06 model shows up as the same 6.2-liter V8 but adds supercharging to make it reach its true potential. This engine comes in with 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque giving this Corvette the most power of any Corvette ever. The fuel numbers have not been released for this model as of yet, but the Z06 can be fitted with either transmission for owners to enjoy the control features in whichever way they desire.
Over several years the interior of the Corvette has grown from something that was left off the priority list to a place of comfort, style, and enjoyment. With attractive and comfortable materials throughout the interior, the Corvette adds to the overall style of the car on the inside making it a much more enjoyable ride. Materials used such as leather, aluminum and carbon fiber help to make this attractive and functional interior a true showcase area of the vehicle. Add to the materials the fantastic equipment and features that give owners and passengers the ability to connect via the two USB ports as well as enjoy the feedback from the gauges and information given on the center console’s eight-inch color touch screen.
Does the exterior of the Corvette really need to be discussed? Aerodynamic, sleek, sharp, stylish, powerful, attractive, beautiful and simply amazing are all great ways to describe the look of the 2015 Corvette. To make this awesome sports car even more attractive, there is an offering of a convertible for those who want to enjoy some top down driving to be able to do so. The convertible roof adds a bit of drama to the car as well, being able to be lowered at speeds of up to 30 mph and taking 18 seconds to do so.
At the base model, the Corvette comes in with eight-way power adjustable magnesium framed seats, keyless entry, push button starting, a power adjustable tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a five positing Drive Mode selector, an eight-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose audio system with Chevy MyLink infotainment system, a rearview camera, a removable carbon-fiber roof panel for the Coupe and an electronic top for the convertible model. This list of great features makes the Corvette, even at a base model one that just about any car lover will enjoy driving.
For the optional features, many are performance based, starting with the Z51 Performance Package that adds upgraded brakes, suspension, oiling system, tires and cooling system, and an electronic limited slip differential to the Stingray. Additional optional features include the Magnetic Ride Control, a dual-mode exhaust, a suede trim and competition seat package, the Z07 performance package to add to the Z06 bringing in carbon-ceramic brakes and even more performance based hardware. For those who opt for the eight-speed automatic transmission, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters are in place for those times when manual shifting is needed.
The Stingray model of the Chevrolet Corvette comes in with a starting price tag around $55,000, which is certainly to be expected for this super car. Moving up to the convertible adds about $5,000 to the price and the Z51 comes in starting around another $5,000 increase for either model of the Corvette. To obtain the awesome power and performance of the Z06 shoppers will have to pay around $80,000 for the coupe and $85,000 for the convertible. Adding the Z07 package increases these prices by $8,000 but offers the most powerful and performance laden Corvette in history.