Is It Closer Than We Think? Chevy Reportedly Starts Pre-Production of the C8 Corvette Z06
The Chevy Corvette Z06 is going to be here soon, hopefully by the end of the yearby Tudor Rus, on
The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is coming. That’s a fact. What we can’t tell you is when. However, recent rumors suggest that Chevy is gearing up the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the production of the Z06.
The news comes from MidEngineCorvetteForum.com and if the information is accurate, Chevrolet will kick off the assembly of pre-production Z06 prototypes this week. Mind you, the source doesn’t specifically mention the Z06, but a codename - N50, where N stands for the model year (which is 2022) and 50 for the pre-production model.
We also know that a lot of test mules have been spotted over the past few months, and given the time that passed since the C8 was unveiled, it’s very likely that Chevrolet is finally ready to give us a hotter Z06 version. Think of these new pre-production vehicles as part of a beta phase, where Chevy learned its lessons from previous pre-production mules.
When it arrives, the 2022 Corvette Z06 will be the first-ever mid-engine Corvette to wear the Z06 badge. There are also rumors that it’ll rock out a naturally aspirated version of Cadillac’s old Blackwing V-8. As usual, it will aim to offer a hardcore, track-focused alternative to the more pedestrian C8, a character that is going to be reflected both inside and out.
Speaking of inside, the engine is said to be a flat-plane crank 5.5-liter V-8 of the naturally-aspirated variety which can rev all the way up to 8,500-9,000 rpm. Power is expected to be in the 600-700 horsepower bracket and its delivery to the rear wheels will be handled by an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Obviously, the Z06 will be quicker in a straight line than the C8, but it will also have the upper hand on a twisty road or on the race track.
In terms of specific performance numbers, while hard to make any predictions, we can expect a 0-60 mph sprint time of under 2.8 seconds, given that’s how much time the standard C8 needed to dispatch the same interval during Car and Driver’s tests.
Source: Corvette Forum