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The Flat Plane Crank DOHC V8 Can Be Heard Screaming From The Top Of Its Lungs

C8 Corvette Z06 Prototype Spy Video Photo 2022 2023 2024

Haven’t you heard? The 2022 Corvette Z06 is coming. And it’s arguably the most radical take on any production Corvette ever. Going mid-engine with the C8 generation was one thing… but to forego a tried-and-true small block for a ground-up, brand new DOHC flat plane crank V8 engine designed to howl like a banshee is something that’s truly outside the framework of what Corvettes – America’s Sports Car – have traditionally been.

MC&T has been a leader in delivering C8 Corvette news long before Chevrolet wants you to know about it. And this recent spy video, shared by Autoblog and other outlets, confirm our initial reports that the 2022 Corvette Z06 will feature a naturally aspirated flat-plane DOHC V8, which is codenamed to be LT6. The engine is heavily based on what powers the IMSA championship-winning Corvette C8.R, and is expected to be the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine in any production car ever made. Have a listen to the 2022 Corvette Z06 engine sending its energy through the supercar’s exhaust for yourself in the video below:

The C8 Corvette Z06 reveal is expected to take place in the not-too-distant future, with rumors targeting a July 2021 timeframe. Production should then take place as early as late Q3 or the start of Q4 2021, while pricing is still to be determined. Though, in typical Corvette fashion, the MSRP of the C8 Z06 will likely mean it will run circles around whatever else is available relative to its price. Especially considering the $162,450 MSRP of its main rival, the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3.

The 2022 Corvette Z06 will be the first wide-bodied C8 to debut, as it needs to stretch out in order to tuck in those massive 345-section Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R tires, likely found on the Z07 package. The Z07 package will likely also add a unique, high-wing spoiler that’s fixed to the body and contoured to optimize both downforce and function of the rearview camera system.

Stay tuned for more.

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

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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