YouTube channel StateSideSupercars filmed this C8 Corvette Z06 prototype undergoing test laps at the Nurburgring during an industry pool session this past week. The industry pool is reserved for OEMs testing development prototypes and future production vehicles, so the C8 Corvette Z06 was joined by some rival performance offerings on track like the Porsche 911 GT3, McLaren 765LT and Aston Martin Vantage, among others.
This video is the best footage we’ve seen of the C8 Corvette Z06 in motion. As such, it gives us a pretty good idea of what its new DOHC flat-plane crank 5.5L LT6 V8 engine will sound like at wide-open throttle. As we already know from the Corvette C8.R race car, which features a variation of this new 32-valve V8, the exhaust note is high-pitched and raspy and sounds very similar to other small-displacement V8 engines from exotic car manufacturers like Ferrari and McLaren. Blue flames can be seen coming out of the prototype’s quad-tip exhaust at the 2:31 mark in the video and vaguely at the 3:48 mark.
As we reported previously, the 5.5L LT6 V8 is expected to produce about 615 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque in the C8 Corvette Z06 and will come paired to a version of GM’s Tremec-supplied eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Power will be sent to the rear wheels through an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
Both a C8 Corvette Z06 base model with the small rear lip spoiler and a Z07-equipped model with the available large rear wing can be seen in the video. In addition to the large rear wing, the available Z07 package will likely bring other track-ready features to the mid-engine supercar, including stiffer suspension, sticker tires and more robust brakes.
GM was spotted at Circuit de la Sarthe in France this week taking photos of a camouflaged C8 Corvette Z06 prototype sitting next to one of its Corvette C8.R race cars. The automaker could therefore be preparing to release some more details on the C8 Corvette Z06 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend, though it’s remaining tight-lipped on the matter at the moment.
For now, check out the spy video embedded just below to see the C8 Corvette Z06 in action ahead of its official debut.