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Chevy’s Upcoming Supercar Continues To Test

C8 Corvette Z06 Spy Video

The C8 Corvette Z06 feels like the most anticipated American car in the pipeline these days, perhaps along with the 2022 Ford Bronco Warthog. After all, it’s hard not to get excited about a mid-engined supercar, built in America, powered by a naturally aspirated, flat-plane crank DOHC V8 sending power to the rear wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. Highly sophisticated, and yet, highly simplistic. No all-wheel drive, no hybridization, no forced induction, no BS.

Recently, a convoy of C8 Corvette Z06 prototypes were spied testing on public roads somewhere in Sedona, Arizona, which is driving distance from the General Motors Yuma Proving Grounds. Z06 sightings have been happening a lot out west lately.

Per MidEngineCorvetteForum, the video is provided below. The video is pretty low-res, bu physically, it appears nothing is too different from what we’ve seen before, but it’s always nice to get a sound bite of the C8 Corvette Z06 fitted with a center-mounted exhaust.

MC&T first confirmed that the C8 Corvette Z06 would offer a center-mounted exhaust, which has been seen on some Z06 prototypes, but not all of them, for reasons being that it was approved later in the car’s prototyping stages. It’s unclear at this time if the exhaust system will be standard or optional.

The 2022 Corvette Z06 will also be wider than the base C8 Stingray, as it needs to house massive steamroller Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires. The C8 Corvette Z06 will also offer a high downforce rear spoiler, likely part of the traditional Z07 package, with high-tech active aerodynamics likely coming later in its lifecycle.

Word on the street is that the new Corvette Z06 – a “race car with a license plate” – will debut sometime this summer, in July, though Chevrolet remains hush-hush on the official details. In any case, it’s coming, so be sure to check in with MC&T regularly for the latest C8 Z06 news.

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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