The 2022 Corvette Z06 Will Reportedly Get Active Aero and Carbon Wheels

Mack Hogan
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Photo credit: Camden Thrasher
Photo credit: Camden Thrasher

From Road & Track

The 2020 Chevy Corvette Z51 is already wildly quick, rocketing to 60 in under three seconds. But we always knew that faster versions were coming, and—thanks to a new report from MuscleCarsAndTrucks—we now hear that the C8 Z06 will use active aerodynamics, carbon fiber wheels, and Michelin Sport Cup 2s to up its performance.

The active aerodynamics, MuscleCarsAndTrucks says, will consist of a moving front splitter, rear wing, and "side flaps." It's unclear whether that means flaps on the side of the bodywork or rapidly flapping canards like those seen on the Pagani Huayra. This equipment, the site points out, will likely be part of the usual "Z07" performance package Chevy offers on the Corvette Z06.

Another likely addition is carbon-fiber wheels, popularized in mass production by the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R. Lightweight wheels reduce unsprung weight, which benefits both performance and ride comfort. Even road noise is reduced, as carbon fiber dampens vibrations much more than steel does.

Finally, expect serious rubber on the Z06. Big power cars are nothing without the tires to take advantage of it, which is likely the Z06 will reportedly use Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s. Those tires were used on the C7 Corvette and other track monsters like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, but the C8 will run size 275/30R20 tires up front and 345/25/R21s in the rear. That's 10mm narrower at the front compared to a C7 Z06, but 10mm wider at the back. And with its mid-engine layout, expect the C8 Z06 to make good use of all of its grip.

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