Monday, January 13, 2014

Detroit Auto Show: Corvette Z06 delivers 625 hp and it's street-legal

Yesterday, General Motors introduced the extra high-performance Corvette Z06, a fit-for-the-street racecar boasting at least 625 horsepower.  The Detroit Free Press reports:

The 2015 Corvette Z06, revealed in a press conference at the Detroit auto show, shares an aluminum frame with its high-profile sister, the Corvette Stingray, but it’s distinguished by an 6.2-liter “supercharged” V8 mated with a custom-made eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Z06 was GM’s fastest car ever when engineers tested it at the Milford Proving Grounds, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter told reporters.

It also boasts a tremendous amount of “downforce,” an engineering term describing a car’s ability to hug the road when it barrels around corners. Most mass-market vehicles are exactly the opposite: they have too much lift when cornering.

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