Is this the new Z06?
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been on sale since the 2020 model year in the US, but European customers have had to wait a lot longer to experience the first-ever mid-engine Corvette. Customer deliveries for the C8 start in the second half of 2021 with prices starting at €99,000 ($110,000) in Germany for the coupe and €106,000 ($119,000) for the Convertible.
That's considerably more expensive than the American model, which starts at $58,900 for the coupe and $66,400 for the convertible. Ahead of its European launch, a camouflaged C8 Corvette prototype has been caught on video cruising the streets of Stuttgart, Germany, during a snowstorm.
While this could simply be the new Stingray undergoing some final testing before it goes on sale in Germany, the prototype is covered in camouflage and black cladding, which seems strange considering we already know what the new Stingray looks like. Alternatively, this could be a prototype of the new Z06 as a closer look reveals a modified rear bumper and larger rear tires.
Curiously, it doesn't have a centrally mounted exhaust like the one we saw on another prototype in the US last year, but this could be due to stricter emissions regulations in Germany. The Z06 will be powered by the same 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 engine as the C8.R race car.
This unit generates 500 hp in the race car and will reportedly produce around 600 hp in the road car, up from 490 hp in the old Z06. Chevrolet is also developing a hybrid version of the C8 Corvette called the E-Ray that will replace the Grand Sport.
Electrical assistance will allegedly increase the hybrid Corvette's output to over 600 hp, but the lack of voltage stickers on the prototype suggests this Corvette has a traditional combustion engine. As for the Z06, we should find out more soon as it's expected to debut this year.