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.