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The ‘Z’ Is Shaped To Celebrate The Design Of The Engine’s Flat Plane Crankshaft

The C8 Corvette Z06 is having a hard time hiding. What with all the spy photos, engine leaks, and of course, a little bit scoops brought to light by yours truly, and this new Corvette variant is easily the most anticipated American performance vehicle debut of the year. Adding to the pile of information is an alleged leaked image of the 2022 Corvette Z06 logo. The image was originally published on the MidEngineCorvetteForum, before making rounds elsewhere.

Confirming with MC&T sources, the image above is indeed the real deal, and not just a rendering. The C8 Corvette Z06 will have this sinisterly darkened logo, which is the first for the nameplate. Traditionally, we’ve seen the “Z” at least colorized with red. We’re sure there’s more where this came from, and as we’ve seen with leaks leading up to the reveal of the mid-engined 2020 Corvette Stingray, there’s bound to be a few more details trickling out before the official debut of the C8 Z06. And you just might find some of them here. The ‘Z’ logo also kind of looks like the Z-Mode button inside the Corvette’s cockpit, but we’re told it’s more to celebrate the flat-plane crankshaft V8 engine design.

2022 Corvette Z06 C8
2022 Corvette Z06 supercars spied on public roads with the Ferrari 458 Italia.

2022 Corvette Z06 Details

The 2022 Corvette Z06 is rumored to debut in July 2021. With the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant birthing out 2021 model year Corvettes until at least August, it would seem like this rumor holds water. That said, the official start of Z06 production will likely not happen that soon, but remains under wraps for now.

When this wide-body Corvette does hit the market, expect it to do so with the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine to ever be featured in a production car. Output is expected to be just over 600 horsepower, which is indeed less than the 650 C7 Corvette Z06, but the C8 Z06 does so without the aid of a supercharger, and a redline that climbs over 2,000 rpm higher than its predecessor.

Ultimately, with this new Z06, which will share semblance with the Corvette Racing C8.R, it’s all about lapping the road course as fast as possible. Aiding the flat-plane crank LT6 V8 will be a radical set of aerodynamic options, which are likely to deliver more downforce than any Corvette before it. Additionally, a set of 345-section Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R rear tires and and serving-tray-sized Brembo brake rotors will assist the 2022 Corvette Z06 in corner entry and exit.

2022 Corvette Z06 C8 supercar LT6 flat plane crank V8

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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