Report: C8 Corvette Z06 to Receive Gigantic Rear Spoiler

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
report c8 corvette z06 to receive gigantic rear spoiler

With the mid-engined C8 Corvette just weeks away from production, hype surrounding the model has died down. The same cannot be said for the Z06 variant, which is the next ‘Vette on Chevrolet’s performance docket. While current details remain scant, news arose this week of the car receiving a humongous rear spoiler.

Sources familiar with the project tell GM Authority that the wing will be exclusive to the Z06 (for now) and larger than the unit found on the C7 ZR1 (pictured below the break), though similar in its overall shape. It’s said to be reminiscent of the spoiler found on the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which is adaptive.

Considering how the presumed unit’s dynamic capabilities are unlikely to come cheaply, there’s a chance the wing will be offered as an optional extra to keep ‘Vette pricing somewhat reasonable. However, the outlet said General Motors is leaning toward offering it as standard equipment. Regardless, the Z06 will offer higher levels of performance than the standard Stingray and serve as top dog until ZR1 variants go into production.

From GM Authority:

At the heart of the upcoming ultra-high-performance machine will be a new engine — a naturally-aspirated 5.5L V8 DOHC with a flat plane crank. The free-revving eight is expected to deliver around 600 horsepower [on the Z06]. A more robust suspension, brakes, and aerodynamic elements — such as the wing spoiler mentioned here — are expected to contribute to the upcoming variant’s higher performance envelope.

ZR1 models are rumored to receive a hybrid-turbo mill with an estimated 900 horsepower, tapping the same 5.5-liter V8 bound for the Z06 (base Stingrays receive the 6.2-liter LT2). Chevrolet is also rumored to deliver a pair of hybridized Corvettes, with at least one using an electric drive unit located in the front cargo hold (or frunk). This model will be called the E-Ray and sounds like an electrified Z06 in terms of combined horsepower and purpose.

The other car is more of a mystery and could supplant the ZR1 as the Corvette’s highest trim level. GM Authority said it’s still using the working title of Zora, though other reports have claimed this is a placeholder name and could actually be referencing the development of the ZR1. GM has trademarked both the Zora and E-Ray names, so anything’s possible. The ZR1 could simply renamed Zora or leave room for an ultra-high-performance trim called the Zora ZR1.

[Images: General Motors]

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  • REAL_sluggo REAL_sluggo on Jan 19, 2020

    Bcz ya need a spoiler on your commute up and down the 405 every day... rubbish

    • NeilM NeilM on Jan 20, 2020

      "Bcz ya need a spoiler on your commute up and down the 405 every day… rubbish" Not a very productive argument, since all you need for that is a 20-year old Corolla that still runs decently. There's no bright line separating a plain Vette that's somehow OK vs. one with a spoiler that somehow isn't.

  • Cognoscenti Cognoscenti on Jan 21, 2020

    I don't believe that any of the folks whining on TTAC about the look of the C8, with or without a huge spoiler, would ever seriously consider buying a Corvette anyway. You are clearly not the target demographic. This car is going to be a fantastic success.

  • Kwik_Shift If I'm in that situation of being in an unfamiliar area looking for an address/parking, I'll put on my hazards. If you want to pass, then pass. Otherwise you have warning.
  • Tassos Strictly a collectible, nota daily driver. Way too old. Even the Awesome S class from 1991-99 is getting to old to be a daily driver these days.
  • MRF 95 T-Bird The small van segment is quite popular in Europe. Many business owners and crafts people buy the Transit, the Renault Kangoo or Peugeot Partner since it fits their needs and can navigate the narrow streets. They should have done better here for folks whose Ranger or S-10 with a cap is getting old.
  • Kwik_Shift So well-used ones can be overpriced.
  • Cprescott Ford killed the TRANSit because it identified itself as a station wagon.