As the above image showcases, this particular prototype seems to be sporting a convertible roof. However, the photographer believes this could just be a ploy from Chevrolet to fool keen-eyed carparazzi from mistaking it as nothing more than the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible.
Little is known about the next-gen Z06, but rumor has it the range-topping Vette is scheduled to arrive for the 2016 model year wearing a Z07 badge. Updates will include a sportier suspension, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and Michelin tires, while the tweaked V8 engine is expected to deliver 600 HP via a Tremec TR-6070 seven-speed manual.
Motivation for the Z07 will be provided by a small block V8, but look for displacement to shrink compared to the standard car's 6.2L LT1. But power freaks need not worry the Z07's smaller V8 will be paired with a couple of turbos, resulting in a final output of about 600 horsepower.
A model closer in specs figures with the upcoming Corvette Stingray Z07 is the recently launched 458 Speciale. The Italian supercar features the same 4.5-liter V-8 powerplant from the base 458 Italia, but tricked to deliver a total of 596 horsepower. With the extra power, the 458 Special will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only three seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.