autoevolution
Car video reviews:
 

Possible 2022 C8 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Sighted With Centered Quadruple Exhaust

Chevrolet has managed to reinvent the popular Corvette for the C8 generation with its decision to switch to a mid-engine architecture. And people are so far loving the new Stingray, though some crave for even more than its Z51-enabled 495 horsepower. Something more along the line of a Z06. Judging by the raft of spied prototypes, the company is taking its time to get it right from the get-go. Including when it comes to high-altitude testing.
2022 C8 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Sighting 5 photos
2022 C8 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Sighting2022 C8 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Sighting2022 C8 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Sighting2022 C8 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Sighting
There have been quite a few sightings of the next iteration of the C8 series – some from amateurs, others from professionals. The latest is of the former variety and involves a prototype that was caught up high in the Rocky Mountains.

How high you wonder? Well, according to Dylon DeBaca, a Corvette enthusiast, the possible 2022 C8 Corvette Z06 was filmed around the Loveland Pass – a high-mountain pass sitting at an elevation of 11,990 feet (3,655 m) above sea level.

According to the rumor mill, the Corvette engineers have decided to embark on a Colorado journey with a bunch of prototypes, so a sighting of some sorts was just a matter of time. Now we have it, and it brings more questions than answers. And this is because the camouflaged prototype – which many believe hides the 2022 Z06 from prying eyes – is different from most others seen before.

For starters, the prototype seen here is lacking the high-performance touting rear wing. Looking further down, the back also reveals a different placement for the quad-tipped high-performance exhaust system. While many other prototypes were using a Stingray-inspired configuration with the tips located closer to the extremities, this time around we’re dealing with a center-mounted ensemble.

A wingless prototype is not exactly intriguing, but the new exhaust placement got us thinking. Digging up a little further, we found out that corvetteblogger.com shared a set of professional spy photographs of a similar prototype back in June, with the car caught out and about in the vicinity of the Milford Proving Grounds.

Wouldn’t it be interesting for Chevrolet to be testing a couple of different Corvette models, not just the rumored Z06?! That would certainly make the day for most fans.

 
 
 
 
 

Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories