In Michigan, seeing prototype vehicles from just about every automaker under the sun is more or less a weekly occasion. Most of us glance with curiosity for a few seconds, before reverting our attention spans back to Valenti and Foster discussing the latest Detroit Lions contract signing on the radio. But in the vicinity of Atlanta, Georgia, that’s not the case, especially when a vehicle is making plenty of noise barreling down the Road Atlanta race track. It stands to reason that somebody was bound to take notice, and quickly snap some photos, before being intercepted by security. And lo and behold, it appears to have been the next-generation, C7 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (not pictured).
The camo’d up Porsche GT3 killer was, according to the photographer, caught testing with a small pack of both last-generation, C6 Corvette Z06 models, and 2014 Corvette C7 Stingrays. The mystery Corvette, found on Jalopnik, appears to have a swollen hood (it could just as well be an illusion from the low camera angle), most likely making room for the impending supercharger, even though there have been reports that the C7 Z06 will stay naturally aspirated. We say it’s a supercharger since our sources have indicated that if the Z06 Corvette does get forced induction, it will not be from a turbocharger, or two of them, for that matter. And perhaps as an Easter Egg, the Corvette Stingray’s digital instrument panel can be configured to display a supercharger boost gauge, giving us nearly indisputable evidence of what to expect.
However, the rear brake rotors seem a tad undersized for something worthy of the Z06 name, which is expected to have anywhere between 550 and 600 horsepower this time around. Perhaps the car in question is actually the next-generation C7 Corvette Grand Sport? Or, perhaps the car photographed is the less potent, entry-level C7 Corvette Coupe? Neither possibility would surprise us.