Chevrolet has released a teaser video for the C8 Corvette Z06, in which its engine makes quite the lasting impression.
As reported by CarsGuide over the weekend, the new Corvette Z06 is all but confirmed for right-hand-drive markets, including Australia, with Holden and HSV’s successor, GMSV, last week quietly filing a local trademark application for the supercar’s nameplate.
Fast forward to today and Chevrolet has started its official drip-feed for the latest Corvette Z06, with it making plenty of shrieking noise in the aforementioned 24-second clip (see above).
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Speaking of which, if the fresh Corvette Z06’s mighty roar sounds familiar, it’s because it’s widely expected to come from a racecar-sourced 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 with a flatplane crankshaft, which enables it to be high-revving, all the way to a rumoured 9000rpm redline.
Reports suggest the engine will punch out 450kW of power, putting plenty of space between it and the entry-level C8 Corvette Stingray’s 370kW 6.2-litre atmo V8 with a crossplane crankshaft.
A Tremec-sourced eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is expected to send drive to the new Corvette Z06’s rear wheels, with the same combination used by the C8 Corvette Stingray.
So, when will the Corvette Z06 makes its long-awaited debut? Well, Chevrolet says it will be unveiled in the US this Fall (September to November), for a 2023 model year (MY23). Needless to say, we won’t have to wait much longer. November’s Los Angeles motor show, anyone?
In the meantime, the C8 Corvette Stingray will enter GMSV’s Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of this year, with pricing ranging from $144,990 to $189,990 plus on-road costs, so the latest Corvette Z06 won’t be cheap when it inevitably launches locally next year at the earliest.