Point blank, the 2022 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z06 is getting the most serious, hardcore and track focused tire in production today, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R. We already knew the upcoming super Vette would be the closest thing to a race car for the road we’ve seen from General Motors in decades, helped from its 5.5L DOHC flat-plane crank naturally aspirated V8. And we also revealed the Corvette Z06 would get these extreme tires in our exclusive report last summer, but new photos by one Corvette_Ron Himself, shared with us by Corvette Blogger, confirm our initial reports were correct.
These photos were taken in Arizona, where Ron captured some C8 Corvette Z06 prototypes testing with a Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Coincidence? Definitely not. The GT2 RS is one of the finest and fastest track weapons money can buy, and once held the Nurburgring Lap Record. It achieved that lap on, you guessed it, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R tires.
The photo also confirms our information on the rear tire size. The new Corvette Z06 will wear 345/25 ZR 21 section steamrollers out back, with the Z referring to their 149 mph plus speed rating. These also measure 21 inches at the rear, and we expect a staggered setup with 20 inchers up front. Although we don’t have pictures of the front tires, we’ve previously revealed the C8 Corvette Z06 will have 275/30 ZR 20 front tires. If we were correct on the rear ones, we’re sure the same goes up front.
These rear tires are also wider than both the C7 Corvette Z06 and ZR1. Buyers will also be able to spec optional carbon fiber wheels for their Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R tires to wrap, again signifying how serious this Z06 will be. Like we said, the most focused Corvette since the homologation-esque C2 Corvettes of yesteryear.
As for when we will see this C8 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and its flat plane crank V8, lightweight carbon wheels, sticky R compound tires, trick aerodynamics, center mounted exhaust and focused driving dynamics, all signs point to this summer, possibly July. That’s when one dealership says a reveal is coming, and it’s also when Chevrolet is said to swap from 2021 to 2022 C8 Corvette production. Color us excited.