Chevrolet is yet to announce any official performance statistics for the C7 Z06, but it's likely that it'll perform in a similar fashion to the 638bhp ZR1, which accelerates from 0-60mph in 3.4sec and can reach a top speed of 205mph.
No official fuel consumption figures have been released either, but the use of cylinder deactivation should help the Z06 return acceptable figures. The standard naturally aspirated C7 is currently claimed to average 28mpg, while the outgoing supercharged ZR1 returns 19.2mpg.
In classic Corvette style, the Z06 retains the C7's standard transverse-mounted composite springs, while magnetorheological electrically adjustable dampers serve to reputedly improve both handling and ride quality. Double-wishbone suspension is used all round, with cast aluminium control arms helping reduce weight.
A 'Driver Mode Selector' offers customisable stability control, launch control, variable traction control and adjustments to the way the electronically controlled limited-slip differential locks up.
Braking power is provided by six-piston aluminium front calipers, four-piston rear calipers and steel disc brakes. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 run-flat tyres are standard, mounted on 19x10 alloys at the front and 20x12 alloys at the rear.
Drive is sent to the Z06's rear wheels via a seven-speed manual gearbox or a rapid-shifting eight speed automatic. The seven speed features active rev matching, like that found on Nissan's 370Z.
The eight-speed gearbox is a new addition to the Corvette range, and benefits from wheel-mounted paddle-shifts for faster manual control. According to Chevrolet, the torque-convertor-based automatic can "deliver shift performance that rivals the dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions found in many super cars".
The company claims, for example, that its eight speed can perform full-throttle upshifts up to eight-hundredths of a second quicker than that of Porsche's PDK.
“The new Z06 delivers levels of performance, technology and design that rival the most exotic supercars in the world,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America.
“It leverages the engineering expertise of GM, offering the choice of two world-class transmissions, supercar performance without supercar fuel consumption and technologies that make it easier to fully enjoy the incredible experience of driving it.”
Buyers can also opt for a track-focused 'Z07' performance pack that adds upgraded Super Sport Cup tyres, Brembo carbon-ceramic brake discs and tweaked aerodynamic components. A carbonfibre aerodynamic package will also be available.
The Z06 also features cosmetic and aerodynamic changes. Tom Peters, Corvette design director, said: “The flared arches accommodate larger, wider wheels and tyres for more grip.
"Larger vents provide more cooling air to the engine, brakes, transmission and differential for increased track capability. The more aggressive aerodynamic package generates true downforce for more cornering grip and high-speed stability.”
Interior upgrades, compared to the standard C7, include unique colour schemes and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Two seat options will be offered, a conventional GT seat or a more aggressively bolstered 'Competition Sport' seat. Both feature magnesium frames, for weight-reduction purposes.
According to Chevrolet, the new Z06 is reputed to deliver "faster lap times" than the outgoing range-topping 2013 Corvette ZR1 - a car capable of lapping the Nürburgring in 7:19.63, quicker than many more costly rivals.
Pricing and exact performance data is yet to be announced for the new car; the entry-level Corvette C7 costs £31,614 in the US, while the outgoing high-performance C6 ZR1 costs £68,831.