Listen to the C8 Corvette Z06 Do Repeated Launch-Control Starts

  • We spotted the upcoming C8 Corvette Z06 testing its launch-control system at General Motors’ proving grounds.
  • The C8 Z06 will be powered by a naturally aspirated flat-plane-crank V-8 that revs to 9000 rpm.
  • It’s expected to make its debut by the end of the year.

    We seriously can’t get enough of the upcoming C8 Corvette Z06. With its high-revving flat-plane-crank V-8, it’s going to be one of the best sounding ‘Vettes yet. We’ve just caught the new Z06 testing its launch-control system on General Motors’ north-south straight at its proving grounds in Milford, Michigan, and you’ll want to put in headphones for this.

    2022 chevrolet corvette z06 artist's rendering

    What we expect the C8 Z06 to look like.

    Illustration by Ben Summerell-Youde/Fox SyndicationCar and Driver

    It’ll be powered by a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter flat-plane-crank V-8 that should rev to between 8500 and 9000 rpm, make over 600 horsepower, and provide a Ferrari-like wail. Power will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. We recently spotted Chevy testing the new high-performance C8 Corvette alongside a Ferrari 458 Italia, which also uses a high-revving naturally aspirated flat-plane V-8 engine, so it’s no secret what Chevy is aiming for. The standard C8 Corvette is powered by a 490-hp cross-plane-crank 6.2-liter V-8 and launched to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds in our test.

    The Z06 will have a wider track, stronger brakes, a recalibrated suspension tune, and more aggressive aero, which should include a rear wing, not seen in this spy video. We’ve spotted a few prototypes testing with a center-exit quad-tip exhaust system, but this test car has two exhaust tips on either corner.

    We’ll know more about the upcoming high-performance C8 Corvette variants soon, and a Grand Sport, twin-turbocharged ZR1, and hybrid Zora or E-Ray will join shortly after. The Z06 should be the first to arrive, starting at around $85,000, and we can’t wait to do some launches to 9000 rpm of our own.

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