New Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ready to raise the performance game
The track-bred version of the C8 Corvette Stingray will gain extreme aero, weight-saving measures and a new more powerful V8 in a bid to beat the Porsche 911 GT3
Thought to be a late-stage prototype undergoing final chassis tweaks at the car industry's favourite proving ground, the Corvette Z06 we spotted featured an all-new more aggressive body kit that is set to radically improve downforce compared to the standard C8 Corvette Stingray.
Created to battle it out with the Porsche 911 GT3, and more expensive supercars like the Lamborghini Huracan STO and the McLaren 765LT, the Z06 will get an all-new wider body, a new bumper that features a wider deeper air intake, plus a lower, more prominent front splitter.
The extra airflow is necessary to feed larger radiators that cool an all-new V8 that will replace the standard car's 495bhp 6.2-litre unit.
There's no official confirmation as yet but it's thought that lurking under a new lightweight composite engine cover is a smaller 5.5-litre V8 that's a development of the same V8 used by C8-R racer. If so, we expect it to feature a fancy flat-plane crank that will trade refinement for outright power. Speaking of which, expect around 700bhp that should provide for a sub-3.0-second 0-62mph sprint and a top speed of around 200mph.
Adding credibility to the theory of a race-bred engine making its way into Corvette, a Z06 teaser released by Chevy earlier this year featured an official sound clip of the V8 in action. It revealed that, instead of the 6.2-litre's deeper burble, the performance V8 would have a high-pitched sound reminiscent of a high-revving flat-plane crank V8.
Helping the Z06 remain stable at high speed is the aforementioned new aero that features a huge fixed rear wing and a large rear diffuser that repackages the four exhaust pipes within the centre to optimise air flow.
Deploying all its power to the rear wheels will be an updated version of the C8 Corvette's eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. A manual six-speed will not be an option. Boosting cornering grip and traction off the line are a set of new five-spoke alloy rims that are wrapped with wider track-biased tyres.
Set to be unveiled before the end of this year, there's no word if the most extreme version of the C8 Corvette is being developed for right-hand drive. If it is, it could be on sale in the UK as soon as early next year but expect a huge price premium over the Corvette Stingray that is priced from £81,700. Currently, there's just one licensed Chevrolet dealership in the UK, which is located in Virginia Water, Surrey.
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