Can we just fast forward until then?
The C8 Chevrolet Corvette is a fantastic machine, but car enthusiasts always want more. Thus, we have been waiting for the arrival of the Z06 version. Development is still underway, but we have recently discovered that the Z06 will feature a unique gearbox to go with its rumored flat-plane crank V8. We've heard this engine before, and it sounds amazing, but the clip Chevy offered us was rather short. Fortunately, spy photographers caught the Z06 testing at the Nurburgring yesterday, and now we've got the video to go with the pics. Sit back and enjoy 11 minutes of aural stimulation from the 2023 Z06.
As we mentioned earlier, we now know that the Z06 will have a magnesium transmission case to save weight, as well as unique exhaust exits. Those unique, central exhaust tips are positioned to allow for more air to pass through the rear of the car. At least, that's what we surmise from the larger rear vents you see in the above video. The front fascia also appears to be more aggressive, with canards and large intakes. You can also see white mirror caps on these test cars, but we don't yet know if that is going to be a permanent feature. The wing on the rear of the car, on the other hand, will certainly be an option.
As for that rumored flat-plane crank, this video certainly seems to reinforce the idea that the Z06 will adapt the C8.R racer's engine to its needs. If so, we expecting the 5.5-liter V8 to rev to 9,000 rpm as it produces a total of around 600 horsepower, up from 500 hp in the donor race car. That will make it much more spritely than the 490-hp Stingray, but the electrified E-Ray is going to make even more, possibly as much as 650 hp. We'll report back once we know more, but as development continues on the Corvette Z06 and its future siblings, we expect that you won't have long to wait.