New spy photos from Brian Williams (Spiedbilde) were offered up today and I had to have them as they not only show the C8 Corvette Z06 coupe and convertible out on public roads, but for the first time, we are seeing a center-mounted exhaust on the mid-engine sportscar. Brian was also able to capture the sound of the high-revving DOHC V8 engine as a prototype rapidly accelerated through the first few gears of the dual-clutch transmission.
Brian reports that as compared with the regular C8 Corvette Stingray in the group, the prototype Z06 features a much wider stance. The wheels for the Z06 are staggered with 20s in the front and 21s in the back and sized 275 and 345 respectively. Michelin is once again providing the massive grip with their Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
As we saw yesterday, the Z06’s wheels and brakes are hidden, but it’s been previously rumored that factory-optioned carbon fiber wheels may be coming to the Corvette line-up with the Z06 as another first.
The center-mounted exhaust was unexpected but again something that was recently rumored, and the set-up is shown on both the Coupe and Convertible Z06 models. Based on a close-up photo of the exhaust tips, it looks like there will be two large center-mounted exhaust ports with a single, smaller-diameter port stationed off to each side. I really like how thick and beefy those center tips look as well!
The video captures that exhaust note and listen to how high the engine is revved before you hear the gear change:
The photo gallery features 22 photos of the car and you can enlarge the photos by click on them. As I was reviewing the photos, I noticed that Corvette Chief Engineer Ed Piatek appears to be driving one of the prototypes.
Photos and Video: Brian Willaims (Spiedbilde)
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