The current-generation C8 Corvette is very different from its predecessors. For the first time in its history, Chevrolet ditched the traditional front-engine design and turned it into a mid-engine sports car. But ever since its global debut in 2019, Chevrolet has offered the Corvette in one variant only. While there are various trims (such as 3LT and Z51), they're all based on the standard C8 Corvette. Soon, however, a more powerful, track-ready model will be joining the lineup – the Z06.
Chevrolet teased its new and improved Corvette Z06 at the 2021 24 Hour of Le Mans this weekend. There's only one photo for now, and it shows the more powerful 'Vette alongside its race-only C8.R counterpart parked at the Circuit de La Sarthe.
The image doesn't reveal much about the Z06, but it shows the sports car's revised front bumper, large splitter, new wheels, and fixed rear wing. Expect there to be more aero changes hidden beneath all the heavy camouflage.
Thankfully, Chevrolet didn't just stop with a photo. The automaker also released a teaser video that lets us listen to the Z06's soundtrack, and does it sound good. More importantly, it doesn't sound like the standard C8 Corvette. Instead, the Z06 seems to sing more like a European V8-supercar.
According to reports, that's because the Z06 will use a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter flat-plane V8 instead of the 6.2-liter LT2 V8 found in the “base” Corvette. At the moment, Chevrolet has yet to reveal any details about the vehicle or the engine. But hearing how different the two models sound, it certainly seems like the case. Aside from different exhaust notes, expect the Z06 to pack more power too.
We won't have to wait too long to know more about the new Corvette Z06 as Chevy will reveal it on October 26, 2021. What are your thoughts about the track-ready 'Vette so far?