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Small, Large, And Active

C8 Corvette Logo
Photo copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks

Yesterday the Corvette world got a dose of disturbing news: the development team behind the C8 program got reshuffled, with many team leaders going onto “Future Product” programs revolving around An All Electric Future™. But rest assured, the lifecycle of the C8 program will go uninterrupted. On deck is the 2022 C8 Corvette Z06. This flat-plane-crank-spinning, DOHC V8 screaming, wide body moving, center exhaust mounted, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tire wearing, Porsche 911 GT2-fighting supercar killer is expected to be the most sophisticated performance car yet from General Motors. And today, MC&T is the first to report on the various aerodynamics hardware in the works from which customers will be soon able to choose from.

Base 2022 Corvette Z06 – Low Fixed Rear Wing

The C8 Corvette Z06 will start with a less obtrusive wing design, similar to that of the low wing setup found on the C8 Stingray. This feature will be found on Z06 models without the performance package that traditionally adds bigger brakes, stickier tires, more aggressive aerodynamics, and thicker sway bars. This is otherwise known as the Z07 Package.

C8 Corvette Z06
C8 Corvette Z06 Interior Teased.

Optional (Z07 Package): Large Fixed Rear Wing

Spy photos circulating around the internet depict various 2022 C8 Corvette Z06 prototypes with a pronounced rear wing that kinks in the middle for improved rear visibility. This impressive looking spoiler will be offered on C8 Z06 models with the Z07 package. It’s not exactly of C8.R proportions, but rather its own unique design. Compared to the C7 generation, we are expecting a few exotic add-ons to the performance kit, such as carbon fiber wheels.

C8 Corvette Z06
Photo via USPTO


Later – Active Aerodynamics

Currently in development for the C8 Corvette is an encompassing active aerodynamics suite. It will feature everything from an adjustable rear wing, to side flaps, and other deployable extremities that will help the Z06 decelerate, rotate, and stabilize at incredible speeds. The active aerodynamics feature for the C8 Corvette Z06 is not expected to be ready by the 2022 model year, but it will eventually be offered down the road. Perhaps when the twin-turbocharged C8 Corvette ZR1 debuts around 2024.

C8 Corvette Z06
The C8 Corvette Z06 in camo spied alongside a Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Photo via Facebook.

For more, please read one of our many C8 Corvette exclusives from that past year:

C8 Corvette Z06 ZR1 Zora Active Aero Patent
Photo via USPTO
C8 Corvette Z06
Photo via USPTO
C8 Corvette Z06
Photo via USPTO

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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