Answering the challenge of the Porsche 911, Chevrolet has created the all-new Corvette C8 Z06, and it will debut on October 26. So what have we known about the Corvette C8 Z06 so far?
In This Article:
- The Corvette C8 Z06 Bigger And Better
- Design of The Corvette C8 Z06
- Corvette C8 Z06 Carbon Fiber Wheels
- Corvette C8 Z06 Specs
Corvette C8 Z06 Has a New Set of Carbon Fiber Wheels
1. The Corvette C8 Z06 Bigger And Better
The inlets on the sides are enormous. Compared to the standard C8, the apertures on the Z06 have a significantly longer vertical portion extending down to the side sill. Their size implies that the engine requires significant amounts of cold air.
Last year, the basic C8-generation Corvette Stingray was released, generating headlines with its all-new chassis and mid-engine layout, firmly transforming it from a composite-clad American sports car to something far more sophisticated.
2. Design of The Corvette C8 Z06
The wing with upturned sides at the back joins to the rear deck. The four exhaust pipes are now located in the middle of the redesigned rear bumper. They have two apertures on each side. Vented portions are just visible on the rear margins, right below the taillights.
Except for the roof, bonnet, and door skins, all main external components appear to be unique from the Stingray. A significantly more exposed front bumper appears to be equipped with no fewer than three huge radiators and two channeled cooling ducts. The side intakes are also larger. The exhausts have been relocated to a central location within the rear valance, allowing for additional aero trickery on each side.
3. Corvette C8 Z06 Carbon Fiber Wheels
Now let's move on to one of the most innovative features of this design - the wheel. The forthcoming C8 Z06 will be fitted with a pair of black, five-spoke wheels. The basic, open five-star design includes an aerodynamic trailing edge, five lugs to hold the five spokes, and low-profile rubber on each spoke. According to what we know as of this writing, this will be the vehicle's standard wheel.
Not only that, but it also offers a set of wheels made of one of the most durable yet lightweight materials in the world - Carbon Fiber. This provides a different option for those who are interested in attaining maximum track performance.
Thanks to the chainlike bonds of its molecules, this material sets itself apart from the usual material used for building vehicles. That's only one of the reasons why carbon fiber is used in the wheels; the other reason is probably because of the color or, should we say, texture. The unique texture of the material adds a great touch to the already popping camo design of the Corvette C8 Z06.
The Z06 TPC tires will complement the design modifications and aero improvements derived from the C8.R, allowing it to handle even better than a C8 Stingray with the Z51 package, making it probably the most track-capable Vette yet.
4. Corvette C8 Z06 Specs
Given the Z06's ties to Chevrolet's sports car racing activities, it is suspected that this new V8 is related to the unit being developed for the Corvette C8-R racer, one that differs audibly from the offbeat grumble of Chevrolet's traditional small blocks with a high-pitched, almost European-sounding shriek typical of a flat-plane crank.
The C8 Z06's exact engine outputs remain unknown. Still, it's probable that it will outperform its predecessor's supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 – in its ultimate form, that vehicle produced 641 bhp and 650lb-ft of torque for a 3sec 0-60mph time and a peak speed of 185mph.
Making its appearance this month, the Corvette Z06 may finally become the European supercar killer it has long threatened to be. With right-hand-drive manufacturing, a possibility, Europe's emissions laws will most likely determine whether the UK and Europe will be able to enjoy Chevrolet's more powerful Corvette models with the steering wheel on the proper side.
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