A new photo has surfaced online that may show several C8 Corvette Z06 steering wheels lying flat on a table in some sort of parts processing room or facility.
This photo allegedly appeared on Facebook before being posted to Reddit and eventually getting wider circulation on various websites and message boards.
The steering wheels are shown without the center airbag portion installed. One wheel is also marked with the phrase ‘Destruct Test’, indicating that these wheels are for safety and quality testing purposes. This would explain why we’re seeing them well ahead of the expected arrival of the C8 Corvette Z06.
Compared to the steering wheel found in the C8 Corvette Stingray and Convertible, these wheels feature carbon fiber sections on the top and bottom of the wheel, along with what appears to be a ‘Z06’ badge in the 6 o’clock location. The wheel looks a lot like the one pictured in the official C8 Corvette Z06 interior design sketch that surfaced last week (below), featuring identical carbon fiber inlays and red-painted 12 o’clock marking, along with a Z06 badge in the same spot on the bottom of the wheel. The sketch showed an early design proposal for the C8 Corvette Z06 interior, so while the wheels pictured in this photo are not identical to the one in the sketch, the similarities between them are obvious.
The C8 Corvette Z06 is expected to be powered by a version of the dual-overhead-cam, 5.5-liter flat-plane-crank V8 found in the Corvette C8.R race car, which could make over 600 horsepower in the application. The C8 Corvette Z06 is likely still quite far away, however, as GM has yet to even start building the standard C8 Corvette Stingray due to delays related to the UAW strike. Deliveries of the standard model, along with the Corvette Convertible, will begin in February of 2020. We expect the C8 Corvette Z06 to debut sometime in late 2020 or early 2021 at the earliest and go on sale in late 2021.