August 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

GM lists price of 2015 Corvette Z06 starting at $78,995

General Motors Co. said Friday that its 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 supercar — GM’s most powerful production car ever — will start at $78,995, and the convertible model will start at $83,995.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 packs 650 horsepower and 650 foot-pounds of torque and is Chevy’s most powerful Corvette in its 62-year history. Earlier this year, officials said limited quantities of the sports car would be available late this year.

“The 2015 Corvette Z06’s performance and technical capabilities place it in the elite fraternity of supercars,” Harlan Charles, Corvette product and marketing manager, said in a statement. “Very few cars in the world deliver 650 horsepower.”

GM debuted the 2015 Corvette Z06 this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2013 Corvette Z06 started at $77,590 and generated 505 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque.

The 2015 Z06 will be available in 1LZ, 2LZ and 3LZ trim models and also in special packages such as a $2,995 carbon fiber ground effects package and a Z07 Performance Package for an extra $7,995.

“The Z07 performance package enhances overall performance to make the Corvette Z06 one of the most track-capable cars you can buy off the dealership floor and still drive it to work every day,” Charles said in a statement.

The new Z06 also features a new LT4 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine and a GM-developed eight-speed automatic transmission. A seven-speed manual also is available.

Fuel economy figures have not been released but the engine includes direct injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing to help with gas mileage.

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