Last Monday we caught wind that the successor to the 505-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was out testing. However, some details on that car, such as what appeared to be a convertible top and front brake vents, had us scratching our heads. Today one of our spy photographers spotted what is sure to be the follow-up to the previous Z06, but this time we won't speculate on its name (for now we'll call it Z06, not Z07).

This time the prototype Z06 wasn't wearing anything that resembles a convertible top, but instead featured a steeply raked roof extending all the way to the rear of the car, though the rear portion of the roof was covered in a disguise. We can't say for sure what it looks like under there.

Other clues point to this Corvette being the real next Z06. What appear to be huge carbon-ceramic brake discs are clamped by larger calipers, and the setup is encapsulated by the new wheels we saw last week, which are wearing extremely wide high-performance tires. Just ahead of the rear wheels are the tell-tale air vents that have adorned the last two generations of Z06. The rocker panels also look more aggressive than what's found on the standard Corvette Stingray.

We can also see something going on under the front-end disguise. Looking through the camouflage covering, there seems to be a revised front fascia with new aerodynamic bits to the sides of the grille opening, which also are obscured. The camouflage on the hood is hiding what seems to be a larger hood bump, which we believe is meant to make room for hood vents and the supercharger Chevrolet is rumored to be adding to the Z06-spec LT4 V8. The new powerplant should be good for 600-650 horsepower.

Take a look at the new shots of the next Z06, and then head over to last week's gallery to compare the camouflaged Corvettes yourself.


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      Thipps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dem brakes!. The proportions of this car should be amazing
      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the front fascia isn't any more aggressive than a standard Vette I'm going to throw a brick through my computer screen. Aside from that I'm excited to see what the new Z06 can do vs. the very capable Stingray.
      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those tires. Those numbers. It does make you wonder if this will beat down the mighty Viper. ...at least until the ACR comes out.
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imag
        The Viper can be taken down by the Stingray with a simple super charger upgrade and tire upgrades. It does not stand a chance aganist higher trim vettes until as you say the ACR comes. But even that one will probably not have a chance in heaven aganist the new ZR1
          Bandit5317
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mbukukanyau
          The Stingray already has better handling than the Viper, even with the relatively skinny tires. According to Edmunds, it rated higher on the skidpad and slalom. It also stopped 11 feet shorter in the 60-0 test. The only tests where the Viper won were down to power, and even those were close.
      Mike Laney
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe it's just the camo playing tricks with my eyes, but it kind of looks like there's a split-window setup in the rear...
      Stomp and steer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's see, for 74,000 more, it's barely quicker in the 1/4 mile, slower in the slalom, has less grip on the skid pad, stops quite a bit longer even with the carbon ceramic brakes and gets owned on the race track. The porches is more refined. It better be at 144,000$. So where is this big win for the porsche you keep speaking of?
      Mr E
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol @ the circle taillight cut-outs! chevy is trollin' us
      sortabad83
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here's an idea. Did anyone ever think that maybe....just maybe, Chevrolet plans on building both a Coupe(non fixed roof) and Convertible Z06????
        cfphelps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sortabad83
        With the new stiffer chassis it is entirely possible.
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have another speculation on the change in design of the rear. Probably extensive use of Carbon fiber in the Chassis and body Panels necessitated some structural designs from aluminum?
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        Brady Skeen
        • 1 Year Ago
        Its just a fun comparison. Putting the new stingray up against the 911 but in reality with that price range it would compete with the ZR1 Vette. The old C6 one ran to 0-60 mph in 3.3 and did a quarter mile in 11.1 and it was still cheaper then the 911. Its the 11th fastest production car ever ran at the Nurburgring running a 7:19. Imagine what the new ZR1 Stingray will do. Heck even the new Z06 stingray. The Porsche 911 Carrera S comes in at 92nd fastest at Nurburgring running a 7:59.00.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks better with the bag on! BD
      Clem Zahrobsky
      • 1 Year Ago
      that must be a off road corvette by the space between the front fender opening and the tire. why does GM build all their cars so the can be fitted with tire chains ??? drop the body down over the tires like BMW and other foreign cars do
        rmt_1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Clem Zahrobsky
        "Off-road" comment aside, the change in the wheel gap is a valid observation. This either means the engine used in this mule is measurably lighter than the LT-1, assuming the use of stock springs, or that GM is experimenting with much higher spring rates and have not found a suitable balance yet. More clues for enthusiasts to ponder about the Z06/Z07.
          Clem Zahrobsky
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rmt_1
          I have owned 11 new corvettes that is one thing I never cared for was the big gap between the top of the tire and the fender opening
        riserburn99andre
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Clem Zahrobsky
        mule car derpy derpy
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