The sketch, first obtained by Roadshow, was done by General Motors Interior Design Manager Tristan Murphy. Chevrolet says it is “an early render of a potential interior” for the C8 Corvette Z06 variant, although the finished product may not look exactly like this. A spokesperson for the company told Roadshow that it goes through “several proposals” during the design process; this sketch was simply a proposal and not necessarily a design they have decided on.
While the interior sketch looks a lot like the production 2020 Corvette Stingray interior, there are some new details worth noting. Our eyes are immediately drawn to the ‘Z06’ badge on the steering wheel, but that’s far from the only interesting item on display here. The steering wheel has cutaway sections in the sides that should improve its ergonomics (especially with racing or driving gloves on), while the shift paddles appear to be made of carbon fiber. The upper and lower sections of the steering wheel are also made of carbon fiber, while a large carbon fiber trim piece adorns the center console as well.
Roadshow also zoomed in on the photo and saw an acronym in the gauge cluster reading ‘ARM’ along with ‘Spec Mode’ written on the large red button that sits on the steering wheel above the Z06 badge. These may be indicative of actual equipment that will appear on the C8 Corvette Z06, but they could also just be placeholder words the designer used to fill up blank space. The gauge cluster also shows a track map on the right-hand side, which is of the Mugello Circuit in Italy. The song playing on the radio, if you’re wondering, is ‘Tell Me Baby’ by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. That seems fitting, as there is lots of information on the C8 Corvette Z06 that we want Chevy to tell us!
We expect the C8 Corvette Z06 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. While the Z06 will be naturally aspirated, a twin-turbocharged version of the 5.5-liter V8 is expected to power the C8 Corvette ZR1. However, both of these models are likely far away 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.