Just in, the all new Corvette C8 Z06 has been revealed by Chevrolet! Our quick overall summary; This car will be a supercar killer, especially when people start Supercharging and adding Twin-Turbos. There’s so much to talk about, so let’s just jump into the details!
Before we get into performance figures, let’s kick things off with the looks, aerodynamics, and the rest of the exterior-related changes.
Overall, the new Corvette C8 Z06 is actually 3.6 inches wider than the standard C8. This allows for better handling, general balance, and more air to be funneled into the side-air vents. The additional 3.6 inch width also allows Chevrolet to equip some meats on the front and rear end of the car, as the new Corvette C8 Z06 come with 20″ wheels in the front with 275/30 tires and 21″ wheels in the rear with 345/20 tires. Within the inside of the new wider wheels and tires are six-piston Brembo brakes on 14.6 inch rotors on the front, and 15 inch rotors in the rear. If decided and the customer opts for Carbon Ceramic Brakes, the size is increased to 15.7 inch rotors in the front and 15.4 inch rotors in the rear. These changes already have caused Chevrolet to re-think and adjust the suspension system fitted to the new Corvette C8 Z06, making it specifically tuned for the Z06’s improvements over the standard C8. A new front fascia assists in channeling air to a central heat exchanger, in which there are now five on the new Z06. In addition to the front, a new rear fascia assists the Z06’s new quad floating exhaust system! Which by the way, the engineers at Chevrolet spent over two years refining and tuning the exhaust pipes to make sure the Corvette C8 Z06 sounds like no Corvette ever created.
Continuing on with the exterior, let’s talk about aerodynamics. A new front + rear splitter and new rear spoiler have been added to the standard Z06. If customers decide to go with the Carbon Fiber Aero Package, they’ll receive parts that look similar to the C8.R Race Car. A larger front splitter, under body strakes, huge rear wing, and dive planes on the front corners will aid in keeping the new Z06 planted on the ground. Customers can even take an additional step and purchase the “Z07 Performance Package”, which includes the following: All the upgrades from the Carbon Fiber Aero Package, upgraded FE7 Suspension with Magnetic Ride Control, Carbon Fiber Wheels that lighten the Z06 by 41 pounds, carbon fiber interior trim, and Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP performance tires. When equipped with the Z07 Performance Package, Chevrolet states the new Corvette C8 Z06 pulls an additional 734 pounds of downforce when reaching speeds of 186 mph. Lastly regarding the exterior, the C8 Z06 will be offered as a hardtop convertible for those that are interested.
Now let’s get to the meat and the potatoes, performance. Powering this beast is a Naturally Aspirated LT6 5.5L V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft, producing 670 horsepower and 460 torque capable of 8600 RPM. Chevrolet states this is the most powerful production V8 they’ve ever created fitted to any production car they’ve made, impressive! A 8-Speed Automatic Dual Clutch Transmission assists in propelling the Corvette C8 Z06 from 0-60mph in only 2.6 seconds. Yes, that 0-60 time was no typo and we’re “guestimating” a top speed of around 200mph. No official top speed has been revealed yet by Chevrolet, but we feel confident in our “guestimate”!
Chevrolet will begin production of the Z06 in the Summer of 2022 with deliveries realistically heading to dealers in 2023. There’s no disclosed pricing yet, but some have stated a “starting” MSRP price $90,000 was the goal. We’re going to take that price and add another $20,000 – $30,000 for our pricing estimate, especially once options have been selected for customer specs. We’re absolutely in love with the new Z06 and we’re tipping our hats to Chevrolet for creating what we believe, to be a masterpiece.
We can’t wait to start seeing these in the wild and if you’re getting one of your own, let us know how it is!
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