If internal-combustion engines are indeed on their way to becoming dinosaurs in this approaching age of electric cars, then what a way for these great-sounding power producers to head into possible extinction in none other than the upcoming 2023 Corvette Z06.
The first of what’s expected to be possibly four more higher-powered variants of Chevy’s eighth-generation mid-engine Corvette, the long-awaited C8 Z06 will be unveiled officially by the automaker on Oct. 26.
In the meantime, thanks to people like Carspotter Jeroen on YouTube, we’re already getting a sneak peek at what the body of the 2023 Z06 will look like even though wrapped in camo, as well as how the 5.5-liter flat-plane crank, dual overhead cam engine actually sounds as it roars around the Nurburgring in Germany.
In this video recently posted by Carspotter Jeroen, which includes similar testing of the standard Corvette Stingray back in 2019, we also get to hear the sounds of its 6.2-liter pushrod direct-injection V8 that produces up to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
The new Z06 is rumored to have lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes, 12 seconds despite traffic from other vehicles being tested at the time, so it’s definitely a likely contender to break into the 6-minute territory with smoother, lonelier sailing around the track.
Such fast times are a possibility thanks to the rumored 600-plus horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque generated by a new C8R-derived engine in the Z06, along with the Tremec dual-clutch transmission that’s expected to have a magnesium case and some other small internal upgrades to make its rumored 9000 RPM redline a likelihood. Other expected changes for the Z06 are quad center exhaust, wider tracks, bigger wheel arches, state-of-the-art aerodynamics, and stickier summer-only Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Rs in 21-inch form on the rear of the most extreme variant of the Z06.
So lend us your ears, and tell us what you think about the sound of the new Z06 and the base Stingray.
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