As soon as Chevy revealed the 2020 Corvette C8 last year, attention turned to the other, more powerful, Corvette variants produced by Chevy. One of them is the Corvette Z06. Test vehicles began appearing earlier this year, and several were spotted in public. A new video shared on Facebook captures a camouflaged Z06 starting its engine alongside a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which has already been spotted with the Z06, and a Ferrari 458.
Rumor continues to suggest that the Z06 C8 will use a version of the naturally aspirated 5.5-liter flat V8 that drives the C8.R race car. The mill produces 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts) and 480 foot-pounds (651 Newton meters) of torque. However, the mill could produce much more power in the road version.
Five hundred horsepower has nothing to do, but the Stingray C8 produced 495 horsepower (369 kW) while the previous Z06 C7 produced 650 horsepower (484 kW). The 911 GT2 RS which was spotted with the Z06 is not to be outdone either, developing 700 horsepower (521 kW) from its 3.8-liter six-cylinder flat engine with twin turbochargers.
A report earlier this month detailed several aspects of the Z06, corroborating old rumors and adding credibility to patent applications. The report’s sources detailed the cars’ wheels – 20 and 21 inch offset units – and the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber that will surround them. The Z06 would have active aerodynamics like an active front splitter and active flaps, although these improvements are likely to be provided with the Z07 performance group.
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We don’t expect Chevy to reveal the Z06 until next year as a 2022 model. This means we will likely continue to see covered and coated test vehicles throughout the summer and until autumn. By then, expect more photos, videos, and leaks as the car unveils approaches. That’s how it goes in 2020.