Per tradition, the automotive (media) industry had a little fun earlier in the month, posting a variety of outrageous stories for April Fools’ Day. GM Authority got in on the action with the “debut” of the Chevy Silverado Convertible, Corvette Trail Boss, GMC Sierra ShowerPro, Buick QuietCabin tech, and Cadillac Escalade Ballerifiq, all of which, if it wasn’t obvious, are 100 percent fiction. Now, it looks like some GM fans are taking another April Fools’ joke a bit too seriously, having believed that GM has canceled the 2023 Corvette Z06.
Early this month, another automotive publication published an April Fools’ story announcing that General Motors had canned the new 2023 Corvette Z06. Despite publishing the story on April 1st, some readers didn’t realize it was all a joke, prompting an outcry from (some of) those anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new mid-engine superstar. In fact, GM Authority has received several messages asking for confirmation of the fictitious story.
Well, fear not – the 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 is definitely not canceled.
Making its debut last October, the 2023 Corvette Z06 is an all-new, next-level performance variant of the C8 Corvette, slotting in above the Stingray model. In the engine bay, the new Z06 features the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, rated at 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, with the atmospheric eight spinning to a lofty 8,600-rpm redline. The LT6 engine connects to the rear wheels through the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission supplied by Tremec.
Outside, the mid-engine Corvette Z06 features a more aggressive look than the base-model C8 Stingray, with a widebody configuration and revised aerodynamics. A full carbon fiber aero package is available with the Z07 Performance Package, which also adds upsized carbon ceramic brakes, stickier Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires, unique FE7 suspension, and available carbon fiber wheels.
Under the body panels, the 2023 Corvette Z06 rides on the GM Y2 platform, while production will begin at the GM Bowling Green facility in Kentucky this summer.