The Stingray and the Z06
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Chevrolet Performance Catalog Could Get 2015 Z06 Parts for Stingray Owners

Based on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray spread on display at the 2014 SEMA Show, it looks like there is a good change that the performance parts division could begin offering key components from the 2015 Z06, allowing Stingray owners to get some of the go-fast features of the super-Vette without laying out “Z06 money”.

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is incredible for a long list of reasons, but even with a price that makes it far less expensive than many European exotics that the Z06 would destroy – the price tag of $79k just isn’t in everyone’s range. There are likely more than a few new Corvette Stingray owners who would have liked to get a Z06, but for one reason or another, they went with the Stingray. Based on one of the Stingray show cars at SEMA 2014, those Stingray owners could soon buy some of the individual components of the Z06 to improve the performance capabilities of their Corvette with GM parts.

Z06 Parts Possibly Coming to the Performance Catalog
Based on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray show car at SEMA, the following Z06 parts will bolt up to a Stingray without a great deal of modification –if any.
-Z06 anti-roll bars
- Z06 control arms
- Z06 composite transverse rear leaf spring
-Bilstein shock absorbers
- Z06 front rotors with 6 piston calipers
-Z06 rear rotors with 4 piston calipers
-Z06 front brake cooling ducts
-Z06 rear quarter panel vents
-Z06 rear spoiler with an adjustable wicker
-Z06 high flow radiator fan
-Z06 front grille
-Z06 rear transaxle cooler
-Z06 front auxiliary cooler
-Z06 carbon fiber torque tube and driveshaft couples
-Z06 carbon fiber underbody brace

Essentially, those are all of the components that help to make the 2015 Corvette Z06 the most track capable Corvette ever. When adding all of these items, the Stingray should have very comparable stopping and cornering capabilities as the Z06, with the main differences being the exterior look of the Z06 – and the 650 horsepower supercharged LT4 V8.

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The Debut of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
The First Images of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible
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It should be noted that having a SEMA Show car with Z06 parts is by no means a guarantee that the GM performance parts division will begin selling these Z06 components for Stingray owners, but this concept car will help the automaker gauge the interest of owners. Provided that they see enough interest, these components could all arrive in the performance parts catalog very soon and when that happens – Stingray owners will be able to enjoy almost the same world class handling as Z06 owners.

That being said, I almost expect to see the GM performance parts catalog offering the key features from the 2015 Z06 based on the company’s willingness in the past to offer parts from high performance models to owners of other models. For example, many of the features of the Camaro Z28 and Camaro ZL1 are available to Camaro V6 and SS owners. Offering the Z06 parts is only being discussed right now, but with enough attention from Stingray owners – we should be seeing those items on sale in the coming year or so.

Source: Car and Driver

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