The 2023 Corvette Z06 debuted late last month with a variety of go-faster goodies, with GM introducing both a Coupe and a Convertible body style. Now, we’re taking a closer look at the 2023 Corvette Z06 Convertible from the floor of the 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Sitting pretty at the Chevy booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center, this 2023 Corvette Z06 Convertible is equipped with the optional Z07 Performance Package, which adds even more track-worthy equipment to the equation. This particular example is also finished in an eye-catching shade dubbed Amplify Orange.
Let’s start up front, where we spot a new front fascia that’s unique to the 2023 Corvette Z06, featuring larger vents and intakes and a unique front splitter. As we can see, the Z07 Package also adds full carbon fiber aero, with an even-larger front splitter and front-corner dive planes
The profile view reveals new rocker panels and a new side intake trim bit with a “wishbone” shape, plus some Z06 badging. The 2023 Corvette Z06 is offered with eight wheel designs, two of which are made from carbon fiber and reduce unsprung mass by a massive 41 pounds, as equipped on this particular example. The brakes are also upgraded via the Z07 Performance Package with new carbon ceramic units sized at 15.7 inches in front and 15.4 inches in the rear.
Providing the stick are Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires via the Z07 Performance Package, while FE7 suspension bits with specially tuned Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 dampers keep it shiny side up.
In the rear, the 2023 Corvette Z06 features a central exhaust treatment with quad tips. We also see the Z06’s stance was widened by 3.6 inches, complemented by an extra 40mm of tire. Slim air extraction vents are up top. And of course, this particular model is equipped with the massive Z07 carbon fiber rear wing, which GM Authority was the first to uncover. Rounding out the aero treatment is a new underbody strake kit. Put it all together, and the Z07 aero produces 734 pounds of downforce at 186 mph.
Making it go is the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, offered as the highest-horsepower atmospheric V8 ever offered in a production vehicle, featuring a flat-plane crank, dual overhead cams, an all-aluminum block, and 8,600-rpm redline. Output is rated at 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, which reaches the rear axle through an eight-speed automatic transmission and shortened 5.56 final drive ratio.
Like the C8 Corvette Stingray, the 2023 Corvette Z06 is based on the Y2 platform. Production will take place at the GM Bowling Green Assembly facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with sales ramping up next year.