> Fastest C8 Corvette
> Race-derived V8 engine
> 0-62mph in just 2.5 seconds
> Likely to reach the UK
Those familiar with the all-new C8-generation Corvette will know that this is the first mid-engined corvette sold to the public – something design to take on the very best sports cars Europe has to offer. It’s also the first Corvette to be offered in right-hand drive. A more potent Z06 model has just been announced, and the good news is that it’s likely to be destined for our shores.
Its low and aggressive silhouette remains the same, but this Z06 features some rather distinctive details. Available as a coupe or roadster, Z06 models host more angular and notably wider bodywork. Option the Z07 package and a large fixed rear wing is applied alongside a series of carbon trinkets.
As with most performance models, the cabin’s architecture remains largely unchanged on Z06 cars. It retains that interesting vertical division that operates the driver from their passenger, and a long bank of handy physical buttons for key controls sits on its crest.
The steering wheel is still curiously square and can be had with carbon trim, but the digital instrument display features new graphics that are cycled when in various modes. Its 8-inch infotainment screen might be a little small in comparison with rivals, but the system appears slick and is compatible with Apple CarPlay. Its positioning, being angled towards the driver, is very much an ergonomic plus point.
Being mid-engined means that you do get some storage for luggage under the bonnet, or ‘frunk.’ There’s about enough space for a piece of hand luggage and an overnight bag, while a good size compartment at the car’s rear is ideal for golf clubs. In total there is 356-litres of cargo space, making it competitive with many cars, although not quite as spacious as a Porsche 911.
Obviously, being a two-seat sports car the Z06 can only be so practical. However, a nice touch is that the removable targa top on convertible models can be easily stored in the rear cargo compartment.
The headline for the regular C8 Corvette is that the engine is in the middle of the car, but in the spotlight for the Z06 is specifically what that engine is. This all-new LT5 unit is handbuilt and features a flat-plane crank. Sounds exotic, doesn’t it? That’s because the engine is based on the same unit Corvette use in the IMSA C8-R racers.
Revving to 8,600rpm, this V8 is actually the most powerful naturally aspirated engine in the world right now. A full 670bhp and 624Nm of torque grants a 0-62mph run of just 2.5 seconds. Bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres play their part in channelling those ponies to the Tarmac, but Z07 equipped cars get even stickier Cup 2 R rubber.
You can preorder a right-hand drive Corvette C8 now and expect your car to arrive next year, but the Z06 has yet to be officially confirmed for the UK. Considering it’s based on a model that has already been engineered for this market, we’d be very surprised if it didn’t make the trip across the Atlantic.
There’s no word on pricing, but the Z06 might prove to be a real performance car bargain. We’d hazard guessing a ballpark figure of around £100,000 – dramatically undercutting a Porsche 911 GT3.