So our favorite Corvette_Nut posted these photos on the Corvette Forum saying that these clad-covered camouflaged C8 Corvette prototypes were cruising in Southern California.
Why are they all covered up when other prototypes are wearing just the vinyl black/white patterned camouflage?
We haven’t seen a cladded-covered C8 Corvette prototype in some time now come to think about it. And now we got several roaming Southern California days in advance of the C8 Corvette’s reveal.
Right away we noticed a major change in these prototypes compared with the others without cladding that have been spied over the last few months.
Check out the brake rotors. It’s nearly a dead giveaway that there is something more than meets the eye that’s happening here.
These prototypes are clearly wearing brake rotors similar to the Brembos used on the C7 Grand Sport and Z06 which share the package. Up until now, the only brake rotors we’ve seen have been the standard 13.3/13.6″ Brembos with the plain rotors. I went back through a bunch of sightings and have so far been unable to find another car wearing these performance brake rotors.
Here’s a C8 Corvette prototype with the standard brakes:
On the C7 Corvette, Chevrolet contracts with Brembo for four different brake packages. The base Stingray features Brembo’s standard 12.6/13.3″ one-piece brake rotors that are plain looking, while the Stingray Z51 brakes are 13.6/13.3″ has slotted rotors. The Z06/Grand Sports are equipped with 14.6/14.3″ two-piece steel rotors with the grooves cut in them. The final package is the J56 brake option containing the huge 15.5″ carbon ceramic rotors that are equipped on Z07 packages and are standard on the ZR1.
So if these Corvette prototypes are indeed running around with the upgraded brakes, we wonder what other upgrades might be found on the car. And that probably explains why they are wearing the extra camouflage as the Z06 would most likely have body changes that would be distinguishable if they were just in the standard vinyl camouflage.
Here’s the pics as posted to the Corvette Forum:
Rumors of a new engine for the C8 Corvette Z06 have been circulating for some time now. The LT7 could be a 5.5 liter DOHC V8 based on the Cadillac Blackwing V8 and would make up to around 650 hp. Twin-turbos are also rumored but it is possible the optional engine could be naturally aspirated as well. We’ll just have to wait and see!
Based on these photos I speculated that they could be the Z06 based on the slotted brakes. However, a reader reminded me that the Stingray Z51 had a one-piece slotted brake rotor while the Z06/Grand Sports were a two-piece design (and are an inch larger) where you can see the two-pieces joined together. So chances are these are the Stingray Z51s being tested and not the Z06. I’ve updated the article to reflect the Z51 brakes.
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