2014 Detroit Auto Show: Chevrolet Reveals 'Track-Ready' Corvette Z06

Jan 13, 2014 02:16 PM EST | Jordan Ecarma (j.ecarma@autoworldnews.com)

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The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 debuted Monday at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. (Photo : Chevrolet)

Chevrolet unveiled its new Corvette Stingray Z06 on Monday at the Detroit Auto Show, showing off the track-ready model the company calls its "most capable" Corvette yet.

With at least 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque, the new Z06 brings together elements from the sixth-generation ZR1 and the 2014 Stingray coupe, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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"It will be the most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features," GM said in a statement.

Chevy is naming the new car its most powerful Corvette to date; the latest model features a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine and a removable roof panel.

"The new Z06 delivers levels of performance, technology and design that rival the most exotic supercars in the world," Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America said in a statement.

The car comes with either a seven-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic, about 60 percent of Corvette buyers choosing the latter.

Based on the Stingray coupe, the new Z06 has an aluminum frame. Through extreme stiffening of the frame, Chevy was able to make the first removable roof to be featured on a Z06 model.

The new Corvette also includes standard features that were optional on the base Stingray.

Such options as the car's electronic limited-slip differential and the third-generation magnetic ride control suspension will be included on the standard trim.

For buyers who want to add some extras, the optional aero package includes a front splitter, rocker panels and a large rear spoiler, according to the L.A. Times.

The Stingray Convertible is set to go on sale later this month. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the automaker has said the listing should be comparable to the previous Z06, which started at $77,590.

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