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.
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.
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.
For more, please read one of our many C8 Corvette exclusives from that past year:
- The C8 Corvette May Be Un-Tunable
- Yes, There’s A Twin-Turbo Corvette Coming, But It’s Not The Z06
- GM Using Porsche 911 GT2 RS As Performance Benchmark For Z06
- New Z06 Spy Photos Confirm Center-Mounted Exhaust
- C8 Z06: Tires, Exhaust, Aerodynamics Detailed