GM’s Chevrolet will debut the 2023 C8 Corvette Z06 on October 26th at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time via a live-streaming “feature film.” Following that, the Bow Tie will host a panel discussion with a “variety of individuals who will bring a unique perspective to this new supercar,” according to the automaker. With the reveal only two short days away, here’s what we expect from the upcoming high-performance mid-engine supercar.
General Motors shared the first official photo of the 2023 Corvette Z06 late last month, giving us our first clear, camo-free look at most of the sports car’s exterior styling. Finished in Silver Flare Metallic, the Z06 shown in the image revealed the go-faster model’s C8.R-inspired front fascia and larger intakes, as well as a revised side air intake with a black-painted “wishbone” trim element. We’ve since rendered the C8 Z06 in ten different exterior colors.
The 2023 C8 Corvette Z06 makes its presence known via an imposing wide body treatment with a wide stance and flared-out wheel arches. Under those arches reside twin seven-spoke alloy wheels. At the rear, we expect to find the new center-exit quad tip exhaust setup and a revised lower fascia to accommodate the wider fenders.
Additionally, the C8 Z06 will offer an optional Z07 Performance Package, which will include new aero features such as a a more aggressive front splitter, dive planes, and sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires wrapping a set of light carbon fiber wheels for lighter weight and even higher levels of performance, along with an intricate rear wing, which GM Authority was first to tell you about.
The 2023 Corvette Z06 will also offer a few wheel choices in several patterns and finishes, finally broadening the (arguably limited) wheel lineup of the C8 Corvette. As of this writing, we know of at least two wheel designs: the dual seven-spoke pattern shown in Chevy’s official teaser image, which will be offered in both silver and black finishes, as well as the more simple five-spoke wheels seen in the prototype above. We believe that these wheels could very well be made of carbon fiber.
And, as we reported previously, all C8 Z06 models will ride on 20-inch wheels at the front wrapped in 275/30R20 rubber and 21-inch wheels at the rear wrapped in 345/25R21. Both measurements are notably wider than the C7 Z06. The base-level tires will be a set of Michelin Pilot Sport units, potentially the 4S compound. Models with the aforementioned Z07 performance package will wear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R rubber.
Finally, the C8 Corvette Z06 will be available as a coupe (with the manually-removable roof panel) and as the hardtop convertible, which GM Authority captured undergoing testing in late September.
While the interior of the C8 Z06 has yet to be seen, Chevy released an official sketch showing the potential interior design for the C8 Corvette Z06 gives us a rough idea of what’s in store. Carbon fiber dressings and Z06 badging appear to be the most significant departures from what is currently offered on the Corvette C8 Stingray.
Of course, we expect Z06-specific seating and materials, including carbon fiber seatbacks. In addition to the differences in how the cabin looks and feels will be a new aural experience, courtesy of the Corvette’s first-ever flat-plane crank V8 engine.
As GM Authority reported previously, the 2023 Corvette Z06 will feature the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine. The free-breathing and high-revving V8 is expected to throw down around 615 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.
The LT6 will feature a flat-plane crank along with dual overhead cams and head-spinning 8,600-rpm redline which come together to create an exotic-sounding exhaust note befitting of a world-beating monster like the new Z06. Output will be routed to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
In regards to suspension, we expect the C8 Z06 to be equipped with GM’s latest and greatest Magnetic Ride Control Technology, with more aggressive spring rates and stiffer bushings compared to C8 Stingray models.
The 2023 Corvette Z06 will be built alongside the standard C8 Corvette Stingray at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky.
Details on pricing, availability and options will be disclosed following its debut, but we expect a starting price around the $85,000 mark.
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