Previous rumors indicated that the upcoming 2022 Corvette Z06 would only be offered as a coupe, with a removable hard top panel. Now, however, it looks as though the C8 Z06 will be offered as both a coupe and a convertible.
Before we dive into the spy shots, a little background info is in order. It was originally thought that the 2022 Corvette Z06 would “return to its roots” as an all-out track machine, something that would take inspiration from the older C6-generation Z06. As a reminder, the C6 Z06 was equipped with the atmospheric 7.0L V8 LS7, and was only offered with a coupe body style. It’s a combo that’s perfect for the track – after all, a convertible for race day doesn’t make as much sense as a fixed hard top.
We already know the new Z06 will follow the C6 generation with a naturally aspirated engine, namely the 5.5L V8 LT6. This sets it apart from the outgoing supercharged C7-generation Z06, which is not considered the greatest representation of the track-ready Z06 philosophy – and in fact, the C7 Z06 is notorious for overheating when pushed for every last tenth, which is a result of the supercharged aspiration.
So then, with the 2022 Corvette Z06 going back to the C6-gen model for inspiration, it would follow that it too would only be offered as a coupe. However, as evidenced by these new spy shots, it turns out that is not the case. Check out this C8 Z06 Convertible prototype testing on public roads:
It’s an interesting choice for the model, but isn’t terribly surprising considering the C8 was developed to offer an open-air experience from the very beginning, similar to the C7. As such, the C8 hardtop convertible does not need any additional structural bracing compared to the coupe. In fact, one could consider the coupe model to be a sort of convertible with the roof panel removed.
As a reminder, the 2022 Corvette Z06’s new 5.5L V8 LT6 will feature a flat-plane crankshaft, DOHC, and 32 valves. Output is expected to hit at roughly 600 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The engine will connect to a beefier version of GM’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which will feed the rear wheels exclusively.
The 2022 Corvette Z06 will also feature a prominent rear wing as part of an optional package, plus a revised front fascia.
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