General Motors pulled the sheets on the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 last October, introducing an all-new, next-level performance model variant for the mid-engine C8 Corvette. Press photos of the new Corvette Z06 show the sports car equipped with four centrally placed exhaust pipes – however, GM Authority also has photos of a Corvette Z06 test vehicle equipped with outboard exhaust outlets. So then, what exactly is going on here?
GM Authority reached out to GM for an explanation regarding the different exhaust pipe configurations. Per a GM spokesperson:
“The outboard exhaust was our original design, the center exhaust is the latest – there will not be a choice available.”
So, despite the outboard exhaust pipes seen on the test vehicle, the final production 2023 Corvette Z06 will instead come equipped with four centrally placed exhaust pipes, as featured in the vehicle’s official press images.
The overall look of the 2023 Corvette Z06 is more aggressive than the “standard” C8 Corvette Stingray, with a widebody design and enhanced aerodynamics. In fact, Chevy says the only exterior components shared between the C8 Z06 and non-Z06 models are the doors, the roof, and the hatch. Both a two-door coupe and two-door retractable hardtop are offered.
Further performance upgrades can be had with the optional Z07 Performance Package, which adds a fully carbon fiber aero upgrade consisting of a larger front splitter, front-corner dive planes, a new rear wing, and an underbody strake. The package also includes upsized carbon ceramic brake rotors, sticky Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires, unique FE7 suspension with Z07-specific Magnetic Ride Control dampers, and optional carbon fiber wheels. Regarding the wheels, these composite rollers cut a massive 41 pounds of unsprung mass.
Behind the cabin, the 2023 Corvette Z06 is equipped with the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, while under the body panels is the GM Y2 platform. Production takes place at the GM Bowling Green facility in Kentucky.