The upcoming C8 Corvette Z06 has been filmed undergoing repeated acceleration tests at the GM Milford Proving Ground in Michigan, revealing its raspy, Ferrari-esque exhaust note.
The C8 Corvette Z06 has been filmed in the past, but this video gives us our best look yet at the upcoming high-performance Corvette model variant. The pre-production prototype in this video appears to be performing some launch control tests, with engineers doing several repeated full-throttle accelerations in a row. This allows us to hear the future track-ready Vette’s exotic-sounding exhaust note, which is comparable to the sound of a smaller displacement Ferrari V8.
As we reported previously, the C8 Corvette Z06 is expected to feature a naturally aspirated, 32-valve 5.5L V8 engine with a flat-plane crankshaft, which will be dubbed the LT6. This motor is loosely based on the architecture of the twin-turbocharged 4.2L V8 LTA Blackwing engine equipped in the now-discontinued Cadillac CT6-V, although the LT6 has a larger bore/stroke, ditches the turbochargers and introduces different heads and a flat-plane crank. The result is a lively 5.5L V8 engine with a sky-high 9,000 RPM rev limit, a power output of around 617 horsepower and a torque output somewhere between 480 pound-feet and 550 pound-feet. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission will send power to the rear wheels.
The track-ready Z06 will also feature revised widebody exterior styling, a massive rear wing and lightweight carbon fiber wheels as part of the optional Z07 performance package. Impressively wide rubber, measuring 275/30ZR20 out front and 345/25ZR21 in the rear, will ensure the Z06 can properly put the power down from its race-derived 5.5L V8 engine.
We’re expecting the C8 Corvette Z06 to makes its debut sometime this summer, likely in July. It will serve as a direct rival to other series production track-ready supercars like the Porsche 911 GT3 and Lamborghini Huracan Performante, though in true Corvette fashion, will come in at a lower price point than the competition.
GM Authority will have all the details on the C8 Corvette Z06 immediately following its debut, but for now, we’re inviting readers to get acquainted with the supercar’s raspy, exotic-sounding exhaust note in our exclusive spy video embedded below.