Exactly two months ago yesterday, spy photographer Brian Williams captured the 2022 Corvette Z06 as it was entering the main entrance to GM’s Proving Grounds in Milford, MI. The prototype Corvette was under decent acceleration and you could hear a totally different sound from the camouflaged vehicle than that of the Stingray’s 495-hp LT2 V8 that we’ve become accustomed to.
But for some reason, the same video is making the rounds of automotive websites again including all the big guys as if someone forgot to look at the date published on the video to determine whether or not this was “old news.” But we’re okay with that because it has been exactly two months since any sightings of the next-generation Z06 have been shared so why not offer a refresher!
We paid the fee to show off these spy photos and was happy to do so as the Z06 prototypes are configured with two main exhaust ports located in the center of the car as opposed to the dual ports on each corner of the Stingray. There are two other ports with one on each side of the main center exhaust, but we think those are just for testing purposes at this point.
Corvette Racing is essentially doing the engine development testing for the Z06 model as it’s the same (or very similar to the) naturally-aspirated DOHC flat-plane crankshaft V8 engine that powers the C8.Rs. We’ve heard that the 5.5-liter race engines are proving to be very durable on the track and while the track-version is BoP limited to a ceiling of around 500-hp, the street versions of the engine have been rumored to offer as much as 650-hp and 600 lb-ft of torque according to Hagarty’s Don Sherman.
As of now, we are expecting the C8 Corvette Z06 to arrive during the 2022 model year which means that it will be available to consumers sometime after the summer of next year. The good news is that with the Z06 expected later next year, your inbox will be flooded with fresher videos and spy photos as the model moves through its development cycle.
Until then, enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2022 Corvette Z06 returning to its “lair” at the Milford Proving Grounds.
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