This is our best look yet at the new Corvette Z06's wide body.
Last week, Chevrolet announced the news we've all been waiting for: the C8 Corvette has finally entered production after the mid-engined sports car was delayed due to the UAW union strike last year. But this is just the start of the new Corvette generation.
Now that the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has entered production, the wait for the all-new Corvette Z06 has started. A few weeks ago, a camouflaged prototype was spied going for a speed run, allowing us to hear the sound of its potent V8 engine. Now, two Corvette Z06 prototypes have been caught cruising on the highway in Valencia, California - and it was all captured on video.
Sadly, we don't get to hear the exhaust note this time, but we do get a much clearer look at the new Corvette Z06's flared rear wheel arches accommodating larger tires and wheels, suggesting that the prototype has a wide body beneath the camo.
Also notice that the two Z06 prototypes are being tested alongside a Ferrari 458 Italia, which is surprising considering the 458 Italia hasn't been in production since 2015 when it was replaced by the Ferrari 488. However, this could provide more evidence the Z06 Corvette will be powered by a naturally-aspirated engine if it is being tested alongside Ferrari's last naturally-aspirated V8 supercar.
While the Z06 will undoubtedly outperform the outdated 458, a recent report also claims it's being benchmarked against the 690-hp Porsche 911 GT2 RS. This is the same car that set a Nurburgring lap record back in 2017, so expectations are extremely high.
We have no doubt it will live up to these expectations, either. The new Z06 is expected to replace the current model's naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 with the C8.R's 5.5-liter flat-plane-crank V8. Whereas the current Z06 produces 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, the new version should produce around 600 hp and hit 0-62 mph in around 2.7 seconds if it's being benchmarked against the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.