The highly anticipated 2022 Corvette Z06 could be set for a July debut, according to rumors that have been circulating across the web this week.
These rumors can be traced back to speculation on C8 Corvette online forums, in addition to at least one dealership promising its customers more information would be available regarding the 2022 Z06 in July. Nothing has been confirmed by General Motors yet, though, so it’s hard to say if these rumors will hold water.
GM Authority expects the C8 Corvette Z06 to be powered by the upcoming naturally-aspirated 5.5L LT6 V8 engine, which will feature a flat-plane crankshaft. The 32-valve DOHC engine is expected to make around 600 horsepower as well as between 480 and 550 pound-feet of torque. It will be paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters.
Similar to previous Corvette Z06 variants, this new model will feature unique exterior styling that will clearly set it apart from the standard C8 Corvette Stingray. Spy shots taken by GM Authority photographers also confirmed a previous report of ours that indicated the high-performance Vette would be offered with a large rear wing. We believe this wing will be part of an optional Z07 performance package, which may also include lightweight carbon fiber wheels.
Additionally, our intel suggests the C8 Corvette Z06 will roll on extra-wide rubber measuring 275/30ZR20 up front and 345/25ZR21 at the rear. Sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R tires will be on the options list as well.
The 2022 Corvette Z06 will also benefit from lessons Chevy learned racing the Corvette C8.R in the IMSA GTLM class last year. The championship-winning Corvette C8.R is powered by a 5.5L flat-plane crank V8 that is believed to be very similar to the 5.5L V8 that will come in the road-going Z06.
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