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Raucous Quad-Tipped Central Exhaust Ditched For Corvette Z06 Outside The US

Raucous Quad-Tipped Central Exhaust Ditched For Corvette Z06 Outside The US

The car’s impressive exhaust note is also likely to be muted on non-US models

Raucous Quad-Tipped Central Exhaust Ditched For Corvette Z06 Outside The US - News

Many examples of the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette Z06 won’t get the distinctive quad-tipped and centrally positioned exhaust we previously saw teased on US cars. Instead, most cars outside of North America – including in the UK – are likely to feature a traditional corner-exit exhaust system, with the V8 supercar’s soundtrack likely to be partially muted as a result.

Changes to the Z06’s exhaust come from the need to introduce gasoline particulate filters, or GPFs, to make the new mid-engined American supercar comply with emissions regulations in different countries. As a result, an altered exhaust system will appear on almost every Z06 outside of those sold for the North American and Middle Eastern markets.

Raucous Quad-Tipped Central Exhaust Ditched For Corvette Z06 Outside The US - News

To accommodate the required GPFs, Chevrolet has had to repackage the exhaust system entirely, and the attractive central exhaust exit – which has been a defining feature of the previous Corvette Z06 models – has been lost in the process.

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While the aesthetic difference will likely be an unwelcome one with most non-US Z06 buyers, the car’s sound may be most affected by the introduction of GPFs. Chevrolet engineers spent two years meddling with the car’s naturally aspirated 5.5-litre V8 and the exhaust system to achieve a soundtrack suited to Z06’s aggressive looks. However, the GPFs are likely to reduce the volume and tone of the car’s exhaust note and undo the fine-tuning of Chevy’s engineers.

Raucous Quad-Tipped Central Exhaust Ditched For Corvette Z06 Outside The US - News

Production of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is expected to begin later this year, while pricing is speculated to start at around $90,000 (£72,972) in the US. The car will produce 670bhp from its glorious naturally aspirated 5.5-litre V8 and reach 0-62mph in just 2.6 seconds.

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