Anyone else experience a bit of deja vu here? A year ago, the world was crazy about Corvette, leading to the unveiling in mid-July of the new C8 model with central engine. Now the automotive world is getting excited about another Corvette C8, and we have our first solid look at what should be the next Z06 – the central exhaust pipes and everything.
As you can see in the series of spy photos below, Chevrolet was taken not only with a Z06 test vehicle, but with of them among them, without forgetting a small fleet of reference vehicles including a Porsche 911 GT2 RS and a standard C8 Stingray. The first camouflaged prototype in the range seems to be a standard Z06, followed by a Z06 convertible. It’s tricky because the “Vette now uses a folding hardtop, but look carefully at the roofline on the second prototype and you will see the breaks in the roof. You will also see the revealing double bump just behind the roof, where the heavy camouflage begins.
Of course, the big news here is the central exit exhaust which is absolutely impossible to miss. We have heard rumors that the new generation Z06 will remove the Stingray’s corner outlet configuration for a set of pipes in the middle, and although it is obviously a pirated test vehicle with a lower fascia C8 standard, these images confirm that some sort of central outlet system will adorn the Z06. Whether it is this curious configuration of two large and two small pipes remains to be seen – it is likely that Chevrolet engineers are still evaluating specific designs. It is also possible that a set of pipes here are just decoys.
Anyway, the pipes will emit a sound never heard from a Corvette street. This is because the engine should be a 5.5 liter flat crank V8 with twin overhead camshafts and rotating in the stratosphere. It will be based on the racing engine used in the Corvette C8.R, and a new spy video (at the top of the article) accompanies the photo gallery to give us a hearing pleasure while one of the prototypes s ‘distant.
How do you know for sure that this is the new Z06 and not a strange Stingray test mule? Aside from the central exhaust, the rear wheels and tires are considerably wider. The solid hubcaps likely hide new carbon fiber wheels and take a close look at the rear camouflage around the rear lights. The rear air vents under the lights are wider and positioned lower, undoubtedly part of the aerodynamic changes that the Z06 will undergo.
When will we see the car unveiled? The coronavirus has certainly turned things upside down in development, so we don’t expect to see the Z06 until next year at the earliest, released as a 2022 model. That said, we so I hope we are wrong and it will be seen later this year.