Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson has previously shared his positive thoughts on the C7 Corvette Stingray, and now his peers at Top Gear Magazine have handed down the same respect to the 2015 Corvette Z06. In the publication’s new Awards issue, the Z06 has won “Muscle Car of the Year 2014”, in addition to be being named Clarkson’s personal Car of the Year for 2014.
When Top Gear drove the Z06, they claimed “go to the outer edge of your personal comfort zone, and the Z06 will meet you there. It’ll trade blows with the best that AMG, BMW, Ferrari or Porsche has to offer, on the trickiest tracks in the world. It’ll make you feel like a million dollars, but costs a fraction of that. America has a new hero.”
Clarkson’s conclusion was a little less heartwarming, as expected, but he still picked it as his favorite new car of 2014, which speaks [...]
Those lucky individuals impatiently awaiting the arrival of their 2015 Corvette Z06 will be delighted to hear Chevrolet officially begun to ship the first examples of the 650 horsepower supercar today, just in time for the start of the Christmas season.
The first run of Corvette Z06s will all be coupes equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission. The convertibles will follow in the next month or two and eventually the eight-speed automatic models. Chevrolet says it has already received 5,600 orders for the car, and that’s just for manual Z06 coupes. Automatic Corvettes have historically sold in greater numbers, meaning the waiting list for the Z06 may be even longer than the standard C7 Stingray’s.
The all-new 2015 Z06 Corvette with its LT4 supercharged 6.2L, 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque, will not get the same gas mileage as the non-supercharger brethren, but it is still a gas sipper compared to other super performance cars. According to the US Department of Energy’s website, the 2015 Corvette Z06 with the 8L90 eight-speed automatic will get 13 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and a combined rating of 16 mpg. Sorry, but the figures for the 7-speed manual were not listed yet.