Today’s a great day to be a Corvette fan. At midnight, GM officially released the fuel economy numbers of the 2014 Stingray, and the highway mileage is the best from any V8 sportscar out there. Then we had the opportunity to report on Redline Motorsports announcing its 625 hp twin-turbo Adrenaline Rush package for the C7 Corvette. And now there’s word that the all-new Corvette Z06 is right around the corner.
According to a blurb from Jalopnik, the C7 Corvette Z06 will debut at an upcoming event alongside the unveiling of the new Corvette Racing C7.R. Such a high-octane unveiling is enough to warrant its own special event separate from any auto show, but there’s also the high possibility that the cars could surface during the 2014 North American International Auto Show. If that’s the case, it would be GM’s attempt to steal the thunder from the expected unveiling of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang, and who knows what else. NAIAS 2014, held beginning January 13, 2014, would also mark an optimal time for the C7.R to debut, as it will be just before the start of the 2014 racing season, where Corvette Racing will be competing in the 24 Hours of Daytona that same month, on January 25-26.
What’s more, considering how early the Jalops unearthed accurate renderings of the 2014 Corvette Stingray, credibility is on their side with this prediction. Though that’s not to say we won’t do some fact checking of our own — of course we will. Anybody want to have a guess at the power output of the next-generation Z06? And will it keep its naturally aspirated characteristics? We most certainly hope so.