The C8 Corvette Z06 has made splashdown, arriving as a more track-focused iteration of the latest eighth-generation C8 Chevy Corvette. Indeed, the new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is replete with upgrades compared to the C8 Corvette Stingray, and now we’re digging into the key exterior differences between these two models.
Let’s start in front, where we find the C8 Corvette Z06 comes equipped with a new lower front fascia that includes larger vents to cool the engine, brakes, and transaxle. The 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 is also 3.6 inches wider, and comes with wider rubber as well (30 mm). Capping off the front end is a unique front splitter, while Z06 models equipped with the optional Z07 Performance package get an even larger front splitter and a set of dive planes.
As for the profile, we find the C8 Corvette Z06 offers new wheel designs, with eight options total, including two carbon fiber wheel options. The Z06 also has a new rocker panel design and black aero trim. The side intake trim on the Stingray get a “boomerang” shape, while the side intake trim on the Z06 is “wishbone” shaped. Z06 badging is found ahead of the rear wheel on the go-faster model.
Moving around to the rear, the lower rear fascia stands out, with the Stingray offering outboard dual square exhaust tips, and the Corvette Z06 offering four central exhaust tips. The Stingray has the “CORVETTE” script below the center high-mounted stop lamp, while the Z06 does not. The Z06 is also wider in the rear than the Stingray, with a stance that’s 3.6 inches wider and tires that are 40 mm wider. The air extraction vents are also slimmer than those on the Stingray. Finishing it off is a unique spoiler treatment with an installable fixed wickerbill for the Corvette Z06. Add in the Z07 Performance package, and the rear end of the Z06 gets a large pedestal-mounted rear wing.
Final details include available underbody aero strakes with the Z06’s optional carbon fiber package, adding even more track-capable downforce and maneuverability. To note, the Z07 Performance package is not offered on the C8 Corvette Stingray.
As a reminder, the C8 Corvette Z06 is based on the same mid-engine Y2 platform as the C8 Corvette Stingray, but the engine spec differs, with the Z06 equipped with the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine producing 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and the Stingray equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine producing 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Both vehicles are produced at the GM Bowling Green Assembly facility in Kentucky. The C8 Corvette Stingray is on sale now, while the C8 Corvette Z06 will go on sale in 2022 for the 2023 model year.