New high-performance Z06 variant of the C7 Stingray to cost $78,995; eight-speed automatic transmission now also offered for the C7

Chevrolet has confirmed that its new supercharged Corvette Z06 will cost $78,995 when it goes on sale in early 2015.

A convertible version of the Corvette Z06 will also be offered, costing upwards of $83,995.

Based on current exchange rates, that's approximately £48k and £51k respectively – but, if personally imported into the UK, expect the coupé to set you back around £68k and the convertible £72k.

Bauer Millett, a specialist UK importer of several American manufacturers, will also be offering the Z06 to customers in 2015. Exact pricing has yet to be confirmed but is expected to be in the region of £80k.

The Z06 features a supercharged 6.2-litre LT4 V8, producing 650bhp and 650lb ft. Modern engine features include direct injection, cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing.

As well as additional power, the Z06 benefits from improved aerodynamics, flared arches, wider tyres and six-piston front brake calipers.

Several upgrade options will also be offered, including a carbonfibre aerodynamic package, competition sport seats and a carbonfibre roof panel for the coupé.

Other highlights for the Z06 include magnetic ride control, launch control, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential and a variety of drive modes. Many of these options, including a heads-up display, are shared with the standard C7.

Chevrolet has also announced that 2015 model year Corvette C7s will feature a new paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic transmission, which also available in the Z06.

In the standard 460bhp C7 the new transmission cuts 0.1sec off the previous six-speed automatic's 0-60mph time of 3.8sec. Economy is also up, by 3.5 per cent, with the C7 now reputed to average 24mpg.

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Our Verdict

Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray

Is this the most important new Corvette since 1953?

2 September 2014
Just three words..........Right hand drive......?

Peter Cavellini.

2 September 2014
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Just three words..........Right hand drive......?

Peter is right. GM need to offer RHD. There a plenty of RHD markets globally, i am sure they could recover the cost. If Ford can do it with the Mustang, why not?

3 September 2014
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Just three words..........Right hand drive......?

That's six words.

2 September 2014
£48k for 650bhp over in the USdoes make you weep. Do they add state taxes though.

It has to be RHD like Peter says. If they could sell it for same price a spec'd up M3 or C63 or Audi I am sure they would sell.

This is the first one that has not looked too bloated, also the driving seems to be better if EVO test of lesser model was correct.

Even left hand drive in the UK at £80k is pretty good, not much more than a GTR. Of course rather different driving, but not German!

We really do need another bargain supercar over here to shake things up the expensive Germans. Porsche and Audi are well over £100k now.

2 September 2014
Afternoon Cenuijmu. If you go for a new Charger SRT Hellcat you'll get 707bhp for a mere £37,200. Quite the performance bargain. More details here:

2 September 2014
give me this over a dull german car anyday!

2 September 2014
but the possibility of American muscle cars returning to the UK can only be good and will spice up our car scape.

9 October 2014
I like the idea of a RHD Z06 i really do but i just don't see it happening. The two main markets for RHD are going to be the UK and Japan and regardless of which side the wheel is on, this thing isn't going to sell very well in either of those markets. I know Mercedes won't even make RHD AMG AWD models because of the reengineering costs involved and that would generate far more sales in the UK than the Z06. Lets not forget the bargain price point for a car at this level of performance and by the time you put the wheel on the other side to sell 50, might not be worth the costs and effort it for GM. If McLaren won't even sell a RHD P1 at 1.3 million or whatever it is, i don't see it happening.

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