Video of Corvette C8 Z06 May Have Leaked
And it sounds absolutely eargasmic.
As excitement for the new mid-engine Corvette C8 reaches a boiling point, it’s worth remembering that faster variants are, inevitably, on the way. In this case, the Z06.
And by the sounds of this Facebook video, which was posted to a C8 Corvette Owners group by user Jim Lill, this new ‘Vette is going to be even more different than what we’ve seen in the past.
Posted by Jim Lill on Monday, January 20, 2020
The video shows a heavily camouflaged Corvette testing in the mountains east of San Diego on Monday afternoon. Of course, the looks probably won’t be the main party-piece of this upgraded Corvette. It’s the engine. Some past Z06s have even been difficult to differentiate visually from the base model (looking at you C5 and C6). The real reason to get a Z06 has always been its more powerful engine.
Which brings us to what’s so special about the test car in this video. The Z06, like the base model Corvette, has always used a traditional, pushrod V-8. But the Corvette in this video doesn’t sound like it has a throaty pushrod V-8 under the hood… er- trunk?
What it sounds like is a C8.R — Chevy’s race-ready C8 Corvette which now packs a naturally aspirated 5.5-litre flat-plane crank V-8 engine—like you get in a Ferrari 488 or Shelby GT350.
A Chevy engineer confirmed to Road and Track that the new 5.5-litre engine would indeed make its way to a road-going Corvette.
While Chevrolet has not yet confirmed this new dual-overhead-cam flat-plane engine will be powering the C8 Z06, it seems a safe bet.
The 5.5-litre used in the C8.R produces about 500 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. Although as the Z06 tends to have a major horsepower upgrade over the base model, we suspect that the road-going version would produce more power than that.