C8 Corvette Prototype Spied Testing Z06 Engine?

C8 Corvette Z06 prototype 5 photos
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C8 Corvette Prototype Spied Testing Z06 Engine?C8 Corvette Prototype Spied Testing Z06 Engine?C8 Corvette Prototype Spied Testing Z06 Engine?C8 Corvette Prototype Spied Testing Z06 Engine?
With the standard (if such an adjective is fitting) Stingray incarnation of the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette now among us (customer deliveries are still a few months away, though), we can look forward to the plethora of derivatives that will make up the complete C8 family.
And I have to admit the rumor mill is wild these days. For instance, I've brought along a brief clip that shows a C8 appearing to be dressed in Sebring Orange.

Of course, the juicy parts of this pre-production model are the ones that remain covered. It looks like we're dealing with the Convertible/Spyder here, so that camo actually covers the folding hardtop of the machine.

Nevertheless, with that fabric cover sitting above the engine compartment, aficioandos can't help but wonder if this prototype is testing the engine that will go into the C8 Z06.

The reasonable thing to expect would be for the said cover to be there in oder to conceal the styling cues of the open-top model's rear buttresses.

However, we can't be sure about the hardware lurking underneath the black veil, can we?

The new Z06 should be introduced in late 2020 or early 2021, so the timing doesn't stand in the way of GM engineers testing its motor.

Speaking of which, the most likely version is that the mid-engined Corvette Z06 will be animated by a twin-turbo V8. This is expected to be related to the TT 4.2-liter V8 LTA Blackwing engine Cadillac is using. Nevertheless, the Chevy version is rumored to come with at least 5.5 liters of displacement, while its output could start with a "7".

Of course, the Z06 badge won't be constrained to a gym trip. For instance, we'll also get a widebody approach to deal with the wider tracks and GM engineers are expected to address the "challenging" at-the-limit behavior of the C7 Z06, so there's plenty to expect.

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