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Thursday, October 28, 2021

The newest American Corvette C8 Z06 released with many interesting updates

~New American SuperBeast~ There is not a single automotive enthusiast in the world who does not know the American fast car called the Corvette. Well, this legendary American muscle car continues to be developed by its maker Chevrolet (one of the auto brands under the General Motors) to this day. And recently (on October 26, 2021) Chevrolet has launched the latest variant of the Corvette C8 generation to continue the Z06 badge performance tradition whose its history can be traced back to 1963.
The new Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06 variants including an elegant coupe with removable roof panel (right), spyder with retractable hardtop (middle) the race track version (left) and all will be on sale start in 2023. (Picture from: Motor1)
The new Corvette C8 Z06 said as a full breakdown of the new American sports car, "The new Corvette defines an American supercar, it builds on the dynamics and design of the mid-engined Corvette signature to deliver pure track capability and world-class performance," said Mark Reuss, President of General Motors at the car debut event.
The new Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06 Coupe versions with removable roof panel. (Picture from: Motor1)
There's very interesting thing, this new Corvette C8 seems to return to its original "feel" which uses a V8 naturally aspirated engine that is different from the previous Corvette variants. Why is that, because its LT6 coded engine no longer has supercharger like one pinned on the  previous generation Corvette C7 Z06.
The new Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06 Spyder versions with retractable hardtop. (Picture from: Motor1)
Furthermore, the latest Corvette Z06 engine also said has left the tradition of the American-style V8 engine with the adoption of several technologies from European supercar engines. It can be seen on its inniard components, where the LT6 engine uses a flat-plane crankshaft rather than a cross-plane like the previous LT2. For your information, the flat-plane crankshaft has a design like an in-line engine crankshaft, while the cross-plane design looks like a cross mark.
The new Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06 variants seems to return to its original "feel" which uses the new V8 naturally aspirated LT6 engine. (Picture from: Motor1)
As quoted of MotorTrend, a V8 engine with a flat-plane crankshaft has more balanced combustion characteristics than a cross-plane. Thanks to balanced combustion, exhaust gases from the cylinders can be released more optimally and do not require a complicated exhaust system. In the Corvette Z06, the automaker provides the LT6's exhaust system with a 4-2-1 header to optimize performance.
The new Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06 variants provided a few extra touches in the cockpit, primarily with carbon-fiber trim packages and also another new interior trim options. (Picture from: Motor1)
In addition to optimal the exhaust system, the flat-plane V8 engine has lighter components so it doesn't require large counterweights. This means, the engine can spin faster and able to achieve a higher engine speed from the cross-plane ones. In order to support its high speed rotation, flat-plane V8 engines are generally provided with the Dual-Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) system.
The new Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06 variants provided the larger 6-piston calipers brake system, new 20-inch front and 21-inch rear rims wraped with standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP tires. (Picture from: Motor1)
Furthermore, the new Corvette C8 Z06 specification data states that its 5,500 cc LT6 engine capable spewing peak power of 680 hp @ 8,400 rpm and 623 Nm of torque @ 6,300 rpm. So no wonder then the American manufacturer also claimed that the LT6 engine was the most powerful V8 naturally aspirated engine ever made.
The new Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06 variants also equipped with an advanced suspension technology called Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 which actively adapts the shock absorber to driving conditions. (Picture from: Motor1)
When compared to the LT2 engine, the LT6 produces 7 Nm less torque but 183 hp more power and able to spin up to 8,600 rpm. Those engine power and torque are sent to the rear wheels through the Tremec's 8-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT).

Considering that the newest C8 Z06 variant is designed to have good track performance, Chevrolet embeds an advanced suspension technology called Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 which actively adapts the shock absorber to driving conditions. This suspension relies on a fluid that interacts with a magnet to adjust the shock absorber's hardness level dynamically.
The new Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06 production will begin in the summer of 2022, but unfortonately there's no official pricing info available for all these new variants. (Picture from: Motor1)
In addition to the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system, the automaker has also equipped the new Z06 with changes to other elements such as larger 6-piston calipers brake system, new 20-inch front and 21-inch rear rims wraped with standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP tires. So it can be ascertained that this new Corvette Z06 variant can run steadily on the roads or circuits.
As you can see of the circulated pictures on internet, the new Corvette C8 Z06 are available in several standard configurations, as an elegant coupe with removable roof panel, spyder with retractable hardtop (as revealed in the video above) and the race track car versions. The new Z06 production will begin in the summer of 2022, but unfortonately there's no official pricing info available for all these new Corvette variants (it will be announced closer to its on-sale date).😯 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CHEVROLET  | MOTOR1 | CARANDDRIVER | MOTORTREND ]
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