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2020 C8 Corvette Logo
C8 Corvette Logo

Certain Chevrolet dealerships across the country have taken it upon themselves to begin taking reservations for the upcoming C8 Corvette Z06, due out in the 2022 model year. This comes before the brand has even announced/acknowledged the existence of the mid-engined Corvette Z06, which has been spied testing earlier this year out west. One dealer is Bachman Chevrolet in Louisville, Kentucky, while another is Coughlin Chevrolet of Pataskala, Ohio – where popular Corvette salesman Rick Conti resides. Both dealers are currently accepting $1,000 refundable deposits for a spot in line. Several other dealers nationwide have also begun taking deposits at various prices.

No Chevrolet dealer is likely to have official C8 Corvette Z06 allocation at this time, but that hasn’t stopped them from attempting to acquire interest-free loans.

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

When the 2022 Corvette Z06 eventually comes to market, it will be the most radical American production sports car ever created. Under the hood will be a 5.5L naturally aspirated DOHC V8 engine, which will house a flat-plane crankshaft. Because of this design, it will be capable of spinning upwards of 8,500 RPM. with a redline closer to 9,000 RPM. For comparison, the fuel cut on the LT2 small block V8 engine found in the C8 Corvette Stingray is 6,600 rpm. We expect this radical V8 engine to produce more naturally aspirated horsepower than any other eight-cylinder engine from any automaker ever before seen – which would likely come in over 600 horsepower when it’s all said and done. The results of which should make the new Corvette Z06 sound and drive like something from Italy, rather than something from Kentucky.

C8 Corvette Z06 Carbon Fiber Wheels

Other exotic features of the C8 Corvette Z06 include optional carbon fiber wheels, which somehow leaked online already. The interior of the mid-engined Corvette Z06 will not stray too much from what’s currently seen, save for some unique badging and stitch work, and perhaps unique seats and color patterns.

Despite all of this supercar content, the 2022 Corvette Z06 is likely to be priced south of $100,000. And we’re not sure how. But if this sounds like your thing, you might as well call your local Chevrolet dealer, and see what they can do for you to secure a spot in line for one.

C8 Corvette Z06
2022 Corvette Z06 Interior Teaser Photo

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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