2021 C8 Corvette Z06 Spotted on the Highway, Ferrari Joins Testing

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Photo: YouTube screenshot/Miracle Whips
2021 C8 Corvette Z06 Spotted on the Highway, Ferrari Joins Testing
Chevy engineers repeatedly complained about how the powerful new V8 engine was wrecking the new mid-engined chassis. However, that obviously didn't stop them from working on an even more powerful version, the C8 Z06.
The development of this car is hardly what you'd call a secret. Every hardcore version of the Corvette has sold well, boosting the reputation of the brand. And having a supercar layout makes bringing the fight to the European exotics even easier.

You have to admit that supercar prices have been getting out of hand. Even the Nissan GT-R, once the bastion of Ferrari-killing affordability, now maxes out at over $200,000. So a ~$100,000 Corvette Z06 might be just what Bowling Green needed to stay fully operational. Heck, it might even be cheaper, since the last Z06 started at $80,000.

This latest spy video from YouTube channel Miracle Whips shows the C8 Z06 in action, testing on the highway. It's still early days for this prototype, but the flared-out rear fenders are quite obvious, designed to cover up the extra rubber that the Z06 is receiving.

A Ferrari 458 is also present in this video, and the guy who filmed these shots says it was definitely being used for benchmarking. Obviously, the Corvette is going to have way more power from a somewhat different kind of V8, but maybe they're after everybody who might consider a used 458.

Chevy repeatedly contradicted these rumors, but everybody still believes the new Z06 is going to have a road-going version of the flat-plane crank 5.5-liter from the C8.R race car. That engine is codenamed the LT5 and "only" boasts 500 horsepower on the track, but that's due to restrictions that don't apply to road cars.

Even if they can add another 100 horsepower for the production LT6, it still going to make fewer horses than the last Z06. But it should be more of a rival to traditional Italian supercars, so no wonder the Ferrari was there that day.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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