Brutal! The new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a beast with a 689 hp V8 that goes up to 8,600 laps

Following its revolutionary change to a rear mid-engine architecture, the iconic Chevrolet Level up with this version even more powerful, sporty, radical and even prettier than the Stingray. Chevy has introduced the new Corvette Z06, available in coupe and cabrio. A beast born on the circuits, with a V8 689 CV atmospheric that go up to 8,600 laps. The Z06 is going for the sporting royalty of the old continent.

The most striking thing about the new Z06 is undoubtedly its 5.5-liter atmospheric V8 with flat crankshaft, known as LT6. This engine is directly related to the V8 used in the C8.R that competes in endurance, such as the 24 hours of Le Mans with Antonio García at the wheel, among others.

Its main characteristic is a flat crankshaft, as Ferrari usually uses. To find a precedent in a Detroit car, we have to go back to the cool and unusual Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, a model that never officially arrived in Europe.

This rather unusual technical choice favors especially high revs. Thus, the 679 hp are obtained here at 8,400 rpm, like the 510 hp of a Porsche 992 GT3. Nice reference. Past that point, the engine can continue to climb until the cut-off, which occurs at 8,600 rpm. On the other hand, with this solution and without the help of supercharging, the engine torque is noticeably lower in the new Z06 than in the previous generation, which was equipped with a 6.2 V8 and volumetric compressor.

Chevy Corvette Z06 2022

The new Z06 delivers 623 Nm of maximum torque at 6,300 rpm. Compared to the previous Z06, the new one loses 258 Nm. Gearbox double clutch and eight speeds, As standard, it helps compensate for this with a shorter gear ratio. Chevrolet has not revealed the 0 to 100 km / h of its new base version model, but everything indicates that it should drop below 3 seconds. In any case, with the optional Z07 pack, Chevy announces a 0 to 60 mph (96 km / h) in 2.6 seconds.

Corvette C8.R and Corvette Z06, separated at birth

Chevy Corvette Z06 2022

In its presentation, Chevrolet has emphasized the development tests of the car in the Nürburgring and in competition. What’s more, according to General Motors, the C8.R has always run with what is essentially a Z06 chassis underneath. The two cars, C8.R and C8 Z06, were jointly developed from the beginning with the C8 Stingray. The rigs are so similar that GM has referred to the C8.R as a Z06 hidden from view.

Considering the success that Corvette Racing has had during this time, the Z06 seems to have some pretty robust fundamentals. However, despite the large increase in engine performance provided by the LT6, the C8 Z06 does not feature any additional chassis reinforcement compared to the Stingray.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

The C8’s stiff center tunnel was designed with future high-performance models in mind. That’s why the Z06 convertible does not require any specific chassis adjustments or bracing, as the platform remains just as stiff as the coupe.

At the chassis level, the main modifications of the Z06 with respect to the Stingray focus on new silent blocks, including those of the engine block, and the presence in the standard equipment of the Magnetic Ride Control dampers 4.0 of GM.

Chevy Corvette Z06 2022

In addition, the brake discs are larger than on the Stingray and with six-piston calipers at the front (Brembo stock system), a new bumper, widened wings 30 mm at the front and 40 mm at the rear and a series of aerodynamic appendages, like new air intakes or a Gurney type rear spoiler, or ducktail.

The car is fitted with large Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 275/30 ZR 20 front and 345/25 ZR 21 rear tires on alloy wheels or, optionally, carbon fiber, which reduce unsprung masses by 18.6 kg.

The Z07 pack, for an even more radical Corvette

Chevy Corvette Z06 2022

Despite the modifications, the new Z06 is not as radical as a model derived directly from a racing car could be. That role falls to the C8 Z06 equipped with the Z07 package.

This package includes a new rear spoiler, a specific calibration of the Magnetic Ride dampers, Brembo carbon-ceramic brake discs with six-piston calipers (optional on the base Zo6), carbon fiber wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R semi-slide tires. ZP.

Chevy Corvette Z06 2022

In the end, the new Z06 is much more than just a more powerful Corvette. Chevrolet’s intention is clearly to put the Corvette Z06 in European supercar territory and treat them from you to you.

Ever since the Corvette C6 Z06, we’ve seen how the old stereotype of a car that breaks down when cornering made no sense. With this new generation, Chevrolet wants to show that on the other side of the pond you can also supercars to the European.

Now it only remains to hope that Chevrolet respects the tradition of a price-performance-equipment ratio unmatched for a supercar. Anyway, it will take more than a year to find out.

Production of the new Corvette Z06 is not scheduled to start until mid-2022. It makes no sense, therefore, to expect it to be commercialize in Europe before 2023.

Chevy Corvette Z06 2022
Chevy Corvette Z06 2022
Chevy Corvette Z06 2022
Chevy Corvette Z06 2022

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