As we’ve been talking about since last week, a group of Corvette engineers have been doing some high-altitude testing in Colorado and so we’ve been monitoring the auto blogs and social media looking for any sightings.
Lucky for us, we do have a couple new sightings of the 2022 Corvette Z06 prototypes to share with you today. Instead of doing a separate post for both, we’ll just roll them up together here.
This first sighting is a 2022 Corvette Z06 prototype with the driver making a stop at a convenience store near Morrison, CO. Our friends at Motor1.com offered up a story on it centering around the bulge in the camouflage where the frunk is located. All the previous C8 Corvette prototypes featured the same camouflage design and we always believed that it was part of the deception when it comes to wrapping the black cladding on these cars.
What I do find interesting in the video other than the weird techno song playing is that the front end looks to be well-disguised with cladding all squared off which hides the shape of the pointed nose. My hope here is that Corvette designers will offer a different looking front fascia that allows enthusiasts to easily differentiate between the Stingray and Z06 at first glance. We could do that with C6 based on the Z06s having a small air scoop on the front, while the C7s had essentially the same overall design with the Z06s came with a different grille.
The other thing that I’ve been trying to get a handle on is determining how much wider the C8 Z06 will be when compared to the Stingray models. It’s so hard with that black cladding in place, but the wider tires of the Z06 will demand that they are covered by the fenders so we keep looking for any clues.
Our second look at the 2022 Corvette Z06 prototype features a sighting of the car as its driving down a four-lane road. Unlike the above video, we do get a brief listen to what we believe to be the LT6 5.5L DOHC flat-plane crank V8 engine that is also currently being developed in conjunction with Corvette Racing. As the spotter comes up on the car, we can also see its equipped with a trailer hitch which is used for pulling a trailer with testing equipment attached to the car.
The sound of the car is definitely unique and you can hear the driver give it just a little throttle as it moves past the spotter. We do get an excellent look at the wide rocker panels we previously touched on. Like the C8 prototype in the video above, the front end of the car is also well camouflaged with no hint of any kind of openings for the front radiators.
Both these videos were taken last week (September 14th and September 18th) so we are unsure if the team is still in Central Colorado testing the cars. Like always, if you see something, say something!!
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