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2022 C8 Corvette Z06 Spy Video Photo LT5

The C8 Corvette Z06 is still at least another year out. For the 2021 Corvette, Chevrolet has opted to hone the entry level Stingray for now, but that also means that everybody is hard at work with developing the iconic performance variant that can be traced back to 1962: the Z06. Based on witnesses sharing their videos on social media, it would appear that the 2022 Corvette Z06 is currently out testing in Colorado. So if you live out there, post up at a high altitude mountain road, and keep an eye out.

What can we see this time around? The rear lights appear to be exposed, and the center-mounted exhaust system that we first reported is in development continues to show its presence. However, there’s no rear wing (but there does seem to be a curious bulge just above the license plate) . When the C8 Corvette Z06 does launch, look for it to come without a low wing spoiler on the base model, a high wing spoiler with the Z07 high performance package, and eventually an active aerodynamics system in later model years.

The audio of this video also yields a Ferrari-like rasp at idle, versus the the traditional burbling found in the Corvette Stingray, or anything else with a GM Small Block V8 engine. Indeed, it’s a flat-plane crank V8. No, it’s not twin-turbocharged.

At the far edges of the rear fascia, it would appear that the black cladding is hiding some extractor vents that aren’t present on the C8 Stingray. The body also appears a few inches wider to accommodate the massive tires. MC&T first reported that the tire size of the C8 Corvette Z06 would be Specifications of the front tires are 275/30 R20, and 345/25 R21 in the back. They tires will be the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R – some of the best on the market.

The display window that would show off the LT6 DOHC flat plane crank V8 engine is completely covered, as are the wheels. Chevrolet is expected to offer carbon fiber wheels on a vehicle for the first time ever when the C8 Corvette Z06 launches, and somehow, a set of them surfaced on eBay several months ago.

2022 C8 Corvette Z06 Interior Photo
Image via Chevrolet

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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