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The all-new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 means business on the racetrack

Its LT6 naturally aspirated V8 engine produces 670hp

The Corvette Z06 takes on the world's best supercars. PHOTO FROM CHEVROLET

Previous versions of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 have always stood for uncompromising performance with their more powerful engines and track-biased suspension setups. These are machines built to handle, which, admittedly, isn’t the iconic American sports car’s strongest suit. And now, the Z06 magic is applied to the mid-engine formula of the eighth-generation ‘Vette.

A different rear wing improves the car's corner-exit stability. PHOTOS FROM CHEVROLET

Differentiating the Z06 from lesser Corvettes is its appearance package. The more aggressive bumpers are designed to increase downforce and feed clean air to a central heat exchanger—cooling the engine, brakes and transmission. A configurable rear wing provides additional stability, and makes the sure that the wheels get all the grip they need.

Speaking of the wheels, the Z06 rides on a staggered setup with 20 inches up front and 21 inches at the back. The 345-series rear tires widen the car’s stance by 9.4cm compared to the Stingray, and is supposed to improve corner-exit acceleration. An optional aero package adds canards, and a larger front splitter and rear wing.

Additional venting helps channel air for improved downforce. PHOTOS FROM CHEVROLET

Powering the Z06 is the LT6 engine. It inhales through a split intake manifold with twin individual throttle bodies, and its internals are composed of forged-aluminum pistons and titanium connecting rods. The 5.5-liter mill produces 670hp and 623Nm, and Chevrolet claims that it is the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever fitted to a production car.

The LT6 drives an eight-speed dual-clutch transaxle with a shorter 5.56 final drive and a limited-slip differential. Chevrolet isn’t revealing performance figures, but guarantees that the Z06 will outrun lesser models to the century mark.

The LT6 V8 revs to a lofty 8,600rpm. PHOTO FROM CHEVROLET

Experience in the race-spec C8.R’s motorsports campaign has massively influenced the Z06’s handling. The double-wishbone suspension is specifically tuned for faster cornering speeds, and the adaptive dampers can be configured for both road and track use. Six-piston front calipers and sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP tires give Z06 drivers even more control.

The Z07 Performance Package adds carbon-fiber bits and stiffer suspension. PHOTOS FROM CHEVROLET

For owners who like a more hardcore experience, an optional Z07 Performance Package is available. This includes bespoke Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires, carbon-fiber wheels, FE7 suspension (larger sway bars and stiffer springs), Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, and the above-mentioned aero upgrades.

Unlike previous Z06s, the C8 Z06 will be a global model available in left- and right-hand drive. Chevrolet didn’t mention prices, but has said that production will begin in summer 2022 at its Bowling Green, Kentucky facility.

Miggi Solidum

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