The Corvette C8 is a watershed moment for Chevrolet. The Corvette is more than just one of Chevy’s most important cars; it is an American icon. Making any significant changes to a car that has been tried and true for multiple decades is a huge risk.
When Chevrolet first announced that the Corvette C8 would be a mid-engined vehicle, it caused ripples in the industry and among enthusiasts. Some purists were repelled by the fact that a Corvette would not have its engine in the front. Other enthusiasts were happy to see Chevrolet evolve with the times.
Since the C8 Corvette’s release, all signs seem to indicate that the car is a success. Early reviews were primarily positive among pundits. Dealerships have not been able to keep the vehicle in stock despite hefty mark-ups. Now, we all finally know when we get to see where the Corvette C8 is going next.
Corvette C8 Z06
Chevrolet teased the new Z06 a few months ago when they released an audio file of the supercar’s exhaust note. While it certainly sounded appealing, we are going to need a little more. Chevy released another teaser video that provides much more than a sound clip to oblige us and fans.
The teaser video opens with a notice to “save the date” before cutting to a pre-production, camouflaged C8 Corvette Z06 driving past the Nurburgring. That footage is intercut with clips of the Corvette C8.R race car before going back to the pre-production Z06, which is now driving in France. The Z06 pays a quick visit to the Circuit de la Sarthe to blast down the famous Mulsanne Straight.
Then just after the video warns that “the streets will never look the same,” the audience is given the date of October 26th, 2021, as the official Z06 reveal date. Which could mean production will happen sooner than we think.
What to expect from the Corvette C8 Z06
The camouflaged Corvette C8 Z06 in the teaser video does provide a glimpse at the car’s aerodynamic design. There appear to be larger front air-dams on either side of the reworked bumper, which both give way to immense radiators. The front end also houses a splitter and canards for added downforce.
The side intakes which feed the mid-mounted engine also appear much longer and re-shaped to gather more air. In the video, there is a clear shot of the back of the Z06 where a brand new rear spoiler. That is about all we can gather from the outside of the car. Underneath the engine cover is where we are most curious. Will the Z06 be supercharged? Maybe it will be augmented with an electric motor? How much power will be on tap? Considering that the current Corvette C8 makes just under 500 horsepower, is it possible that the Z06 will boast 600 horsepower or higher?
It is honestly anyone’s guess at the moment. Considering the risks Chevrolet has taken to produce the Corvette C8 in the first place, we would not be surprised to see them do something wild with the Z06. October 26th, 2021, is going to be an interesting day.