Chevrolet has announced the most track-capable Corvette in the history of the car. The 2015 C7 Corvette Z06 is offering new performance for this year. The power behind the Vette is coming from the LT4 engine which is just an inch taller than the LT1. The LT4 is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 producing “at least” 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque. The engine is fitted with an integrated 1.7-liter Eaton supercharger and intercooler with the blower spinning beyond that of the ZR1 of 15,000 with this one going up to 20,000 rpm. It also utilizes shorter rotors to get up to speed more quickly. Some other features include the Active Fuel Management to help keep gas mileage on par as well as with a dry-sump oil system that has a larger capacity than that of the Stingray’s Z51 package.
New for the Z06 this year is the choice of transmissions. A choice between a seven-speed manual or the all-new 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission. This conventional automatic with a torque converter with four gearsets and five clutches, and it’s lighter than the six-speed in the Stingray within the same space. Chevrolet states that the “wide-open-throttle upshifts executed up to eight-hundredths of a second quicker than the dual-clutch in the Porsche 911.” The ones that still want the “track” feel, the seven-speed manual will be fitted with a new dual-mas flywheel and dual-disc clutch.
Using the aluminum frame from the Corvette Raicing C7.R, the C7 Corvette Z06 will have some differences than the standard C7 Corvette Stingray. Cooling dictates flared fender, larger vents and wider wheels and tires. The tires are actually 1.5-inches wider in the front and 2.0-inches wider in the back than those on the Stingray. The car itself will be 2.2-inches wider in front and 3.15 inches wider in the back. These dimensions actually make the taillights have actually been pushed three inches further apart.
A Z07 package will also be available which will get you Pilot Sport Cup tires for enhanced gripping, Brembo’s carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that will help improve braking performance and contribute to greater handling and to reduce weight. This package also adds unique components for true aerodynamic downforce. The Z07 equipped car has already recorded faster track times than even the ZR1.
The C7 Corvette Z06 will go on sale in early 2015. These cars are expected to begin being built at the end of 2014 and arrive at your local Chevrolet Dealership at the first quarter of 2015. As always, if you are looking to get a 2015 Z06 Corvette make sure you come to Red River Chevrolet in Bossier City, LA! We are your Corvette Headquarters! Check out the video all about the 2015 Corvette Z06 below.
Source: Autoblog.com | Media.GM.com
by Brad Troedel
Red River Chevrolet
We’re sure that dealers must see all sorts of interesting trade ins, but this one may take the cake. Red River Chevrolet in Bossier City, Louisiana, recently had a customer come in with an odd request. Tina Boyter wanted to trade in three vehicles on a brand-new 2013 Chevy Corvette. Among the hardware was 1980 Corvette, a 1978 Cadillac Eldorado and a 1914 Ford Model T. While the ’80 Corvette had been her personal car for years, the ’78 Eldorado had belonged to Boyter’s mother before she traded up to a Lincoln. The big Caddy had just 10,290 miles on the clock when it was traded in.
And the Model T? Boyter says the car was built as a racer by Ford, and that it had been a show winner for years when it belonged to her father. But, after spending the last 16 years in a museum with its fluids drained, Boyter decided it was time to shed some of the past. She walked into the dealer, laid eyes on a white 2LT Corvette with a red interior and offered to trade all three of the vehicles in on the sports car.
Why not wait for the C7? “I fell in love with that one when I walked in the door,” She said. We can’t fault her there.
As if this story wasn’t crazy enough, Red River Chevrolet had previously sold both Ford and Chevy products side-by-side when the dealership first opened in the early 1900s. The building still has hitching points for customer horses. Something tells us that this is a story with happy endings for all those involved.
by Zach Bowman
At Red River Chevrolet in Bossier City, LA
Pictures Taken by Brad Troedel
Tip Given by Brad Troedel
The 2014 Corvette has finally been revealed – love it or hate it the car has undergone quite a change! This C7 Corvette is built to go faster and use less fuel, be more comfortable and more dangerous on the track, run with the exotics and spend thousands less. What is even more interesting is the famed “Stingray” name has been brought back to the Corvette! The Stingray name has not seen a Corvette since 1976.
The new Corvette C7 has some pretty dramatic changes to it. The car features many more pronounced creases, a much more aggressive front fascia along with numerous functioning vents all over the car. The headlamps are also much more detailed than ever before, featuring HID lights along with a LED lights running down the side of the headlamps.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray will also feature the new generation 6.2L small block V8 with the direct fuel injection and active fuel management technology. This motor will crank out 450hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. This is expected to move the new Corvette from 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds while still providing up to 30 mpg on the highway when cruising.
The interior of the new Corvette was not forgotten either. It has been completely redesigned with premium materials, including carbon fiber, leather, and aluminum. The seats are heated and cooled with side bolsters to hold the driver and passenger firmly in! The car features two 8-inch video displays. One of them behind the steering when in the gauge cluster, and then another on the center stack.
One question that a bunch of people will be asking is – how much? We do not actually have that information yet. Chevrolet is being hush about that, but they are saying that if you can afford the current model C6 Corvette, then you can afford a new C7.
Here at Red River Chevrolet in Bossier City, LA we have already taken a couple requests from customers to be added to our list for this new Corvette. Come up to Red River if you are interested in this car and we can get you added. Generally we will need a $500.00 deposit. Don’t forget that Red River Chevrolet is your Corvette dealer in Shreveport and Bossier City! We have a huge selection of C6 2013 Corvettes!
By Brad Troedel
Red River Chevrolet