The upcoming Corvette C8 Z06 is set to raise the bar on the eighth-gen Vette’s performance potential, with more of everything that makes the standard C8 so good, including more power, more grip, and bigger aero. Add it all up, and the upcoming Z06 will have the goods to challenge some daunting exotic rivals. Now, the new Corvette C8 Z06 has been spotted testing alongside the heavy-hitting Ferrari 458 Italia.
For those who may be unaware, the Ferrari 458 Italia is the successor to the F430, produced between the 2010 and 2015 model years. Motivation is sourced from a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 4.5L V8 producing 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed rearwards by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The sprint to 60 mph takes 3.3 seconds, with top speed rated at 210 mph. Base price for the 458 in 2015 was $239,340.
It’s an impressive bit of kit, and a true exotic in every sense. All told, the 458’s inclusion in testing for the upcoming Corvette C8 Z06 speaks volumes about the new Vette’s performance potential.
So then, will the new Z06 have the goods to challenge the 458 on the racetrack? So far, the odds of that are looking good.
As GM Authority reported previously, the new Corvette C8 Z06 will feature the naturally aspirated, 32-valve 5.5L V8 LT6, which is loosely based on the architecture of the twin-turbocharged 4.2L V8 LTA Blackwing found under the hood of the now-discontinued Cadillac CT6-V. Upgrades in the LT6 include a larger bore and stroke, as well as no turbos and a flat-plane crank.
Put it all together, and the new LT6 is expected to throw down with an estimated 615 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque, revving to a screaming 9,000 rpm and driving the rear axle through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. It also sounds quite tasty, as evidenced by recently spied acceleration tests at Milford.
Best of all, the go-faster Vette won’t cost an arm and a leg, with a base price estimated at roughly $85,000. A figure like that would make the new Z06 a jaw-dropping bargain compared to the 458, as well as rival exotics like the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, another model seen testing with the new Z06.
|Engine||Transmission||Drive Wheels||Power (hp / kW @ rpm)||Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm)||0-60 mph (sec.)||Top speed (mph)||Base price (USD)|
|Chevrolet Corvette Z06||Atmospheric 5.5L V8||8-speed DCT||RWD||615 / 459 @ TBD (est.)||490 / 664 @ TBD (est.)||Under 2.9||TBD||$85,000 (est.)|
|Ferrari 458 Italia||Atmospheric 4.5L V8||7-speed DCT||RWD||562 / 419 @ 9000||398 / 540 @ 6000||3.3||210||$239,340 (2015)|
|Porsche 911 GT2 RS||Twin-turbo 3.8L H6||7-speed DCT||RWD||700 / 515 @ 7000||553 / 750 @ 2500-4500||2.7||211||$293,200 (2018)|
The new Corvette C8 Z06 is expected to debut in July.