The next generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06 should be a real machine. We already know it will have an engine unlike anything that has ever been used in a production Corvette. However, the Z06 has long been the track-focused model of the lineup, meaning it must have cornering prowess as well as prolific thrust.
Part of this process is holding the rear wheels firmly. A report of Muscle cars and trucks offers internal insight on what that will entail, especially in the form of three rear fenders. Perhaps more importantly, one of them will incorporate active aerodynamic features. We’ll talk about that in more detail in a moment.
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The standard C8 Stingray already offers the choice of a wingless wing or a modest Z51 wing (the high wing option has been dropped). For the Z06, a similar fixed wing would be offered, similar to the Z51 style, serving as the base Z06 wing. The second wing is considerably larger, not as large as the wing of the C8.R, but certainly in this range. It is said to have a different shape with a crease in the middle to help with rear visibility. This will likely be the fender you get with the optional Z07 package which should add a host of other aero elements and features like carbon fiber wheels.
We’ve seen GM patents before for active aero technology that looks pretty impressive. This brings us to the Z06 third wing, which is said to have active adjustments to the wing itself as well as the side flaps. The report doesn’t say what it will look like, but we do expect something similar to the C8.R that can incorporate moving surfaces. If the GM patent application is any indication of what’s to come, the wing will be just a small part of a complete active aerodynamic package that includes fenders and vents all around the car, and possibly tuning. active ride height.
We expect to see the C8 Z06 for the 2022 model year, but according to the report, the active aero may not be available at launch.