A member of the Corvette Forum has shared the latest sighting of a C8 Corvette Z06 prototype. The covered car was seen outside of Sedona, Arizona with an Accelerate Yellow C8 Stingray following closely behind.
“Shooter” posted the photo yesterday afternoon with the following description:
Pretty sure I just saw and heard the new Z06.
Didn’t notice the covered car at first, was too busy looking at the yellow one. When they were leaving I noticed how wide the tires were. I swear it sounded like a manual transmission. The yellow car had computers set up for monitoring. Didn’t really think about it being a Z06 till I heard it leave. Didn’t look in the blue one. This is just outside of Sedona AZ.
Unlike the last public sighting by MotorTrend in late January, this camouflaged C8 Corvette prototype has the center-mounted exhaust.
“Shooter” mentions it sounded like a manual transmission car but nobody thinks that is happening when the DCT has so far proven itself on the Stingray. It’s expected that the DCT for the Z06 would have some beefed-up internals to handle the anticipated bump in hp/torque from the naturally aspirated flat-plane crank V8.
Another member named “Vito.A” replied and it sounds like he knows the kinds of roads these engineers may be looking for: “They were probably headed for the switchbacks on 89A going up to Flagstaff. It climbs to 7000′ above sea level.” He also comments on what all of us are thinking, saying “I want the test driver’s job!”
So if you are in the Sedona/Flagstaff area this week, keep your eyes open for these prototypes. Where there is one, there are usually more!