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The first official images of the C7 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 have found their way online ahead of the car’s Detroit debut – and doesn’t it appear menacing.

The Z06 differentiates itself from the regular C7 ‘Vette through a more aggressive-looking front grille and a bodykit that includes a pronounced front splitter, front wheel arch extensions, swooping side skirts and rear wheel arch vents.

Perched on its tail is a prominent wing with a high angle of attack, and the side gills and rear apron vents have been enlarged, leaving little doubt as to its performance potential.

Reports speculate output numbers in excess of 600 hp and 800 Nm of twist – mind-blowing when you consider the previous Z06 already had 505 hp and 637 Nm of torque at its disposal.