2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Priced at $78,995

Corvette Z06

American horsepower is quite inexpensive these days. We all know that the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat comes in at $60,000. But many were wondering how much the Corvette Z06, the presumably better handling and faster car on a track, would cost. We now know that answer, and it’s $78,995. The convertible starts at $83,995. Both of those prices include the destination charge.

For the base, buyers get a 650 hp engine, Chevy’s great magnetic ride control, a performance traction management system and an electronically-controlled limited slip differential. Buyers will also be able to opt for a 7-speed manual, or an 8-speed automatic transmission. For many, a base Z06 with a manual will probably be all that they need.

If you are looking to go all out, there is the Z07 package which adds carbon fiber goodies that are adjustable, and carbon ceramic brakes. The package costs $7,995, but that price is cheaper than just the carbon ceramic brake option on the new BMW M3 and M4. That’s actually quite a deal.

Check all the option boxes and you should end up around $100,000 for your new Stingray Z06. If you’re counting, that’s cheaper than the over $113,000 starting price of the previous generation’s ZR1. General Motors has already admitted that the new Z06 is faster than that outgoing model.

Chad Kirchner

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