It's coming... officially.
After months of rumors and speculation, we finally got our first official teaser for the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe. We didn't know when the higher-performance Corvette would debut, but we did get a sweet taste of its new flat-plane V8 engine. Not long after the first clip, Chevy was spotted testing the new Z06 on the Nurburgring in Germany; now, we know why.
Chevy has officially announced that the C8 generation Z06 will debut on October 26, 2021. This date was confirmed in a short video (attached below), showing a development car driving on the streets of Europe, including the aforementioned Nurburgring and Circuit de la Sarthe.
"Designed to amplify the thrill of driving, the Corvette Z06 is a supercar that performs - whether on backroads or the Autobahn or the world's most recognizable tracks like Circuit de la Sarthe," Chevy said in a press release. "More details about Z06 will be shared about the reveal as it gets closer, and we'll continue to update you as we have more."
Circuit de la Sarthe is important for Chevy because the C8.R race car will compete there during the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend. The C8.R was the first Corvette model to feature a flat-plane crank V8, and now this technology will migrate to the road-legal Z06.
The Z06 test mule is still heavily camouflaged, but we can tell it will be significantly more aggressive than the base C8 Stingray. The car will have a larger front spoiler with canards, enlarged side inlets, fender flares, and a massive raised wing at the back. We expect the Z06 to improve on the C8's already bonkers performance with a new 5.5-liter V8 producing a rumored 600 horsepower. Unlike the standard car's 6.2-liter pushrod V8, which only revs to 6,500 rpm, this flat-plane unit should rev to 9,000 rpm.