One of the more exciting aspects of the new 2023 Corvette Z06 is the available Z07 Performance Package, which significantly elevates the vehicle’s braking and handling performance by adding a list of motorsports-inspired components.
While many GM Authority readers will be very familiar with the Z07 Performance Package and what it contains, others may not, so let’s take a closer look at what equipment GM includes in the bundle and what it’s for. First, let’s check out what the Z07 Performance Package actually adds to the 2023 Corvette Z06:
- Carbon fiber aero package with larger front splitter, front-corner dive planes, a rear wing and underbody strakes
- Unique FE7 suspension with specific Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 calibrations
- Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires developed specifically for the Z06
- Available carbon fiber wheels that deliver a 41-pound reduction in unsprung mass
- Brembo carbon ceramic brake system featuring larger, 15.7-inch-diameter front rotors and 15.4-inch-diameter rear rotors
The carbon fiber aero package is the most important part of the kit, in our opinion, as it will enable much higher cornering speeds in the vehicle and shorter braking distances. The aero kit produces up to 734 pounds of downforce at 186 mph and will help deliver sharper turn-in thanks to its front splitter and front corner dive planes. The rear wing and underbody strakes, meanwhile, really help to pile on the downforce and also work to keep the vehicle stable in high-speed corners. Of almost equal importance are the Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires, which are much stickier than the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP tires that come standard on the 2023 Corvette Z06 and were developed in conjunction with Michelin specifically for this application.
The FE7 suspension refers to revised spring and anti-roll bar rates for the C8 Corvette Z06‘s suspension, along with specific calibration for the Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 dampers. This tailors the vehicle’s suspension more to performance and track driving than road use, which will be ideal for owners who wish to take their Z06 to track days on a frequent basis. The Brembo carbon-ceramic brake system will also be appreciated by track drivers, reducing unsprung mass and helping to address brake fade from heat during long track sessions.
Lastly, there’s the available carbon fiber wheels, which were developed by GM supplier Carbon Revolution. These lightweight, ultra-stiff wheels will further reduce unsprung mass by 41 pounds, although customers will have to pay extra on top of the cost of the Z07 Performance Package to equip them.
According to the online 3D visualizer tool for the 2023 Corvette Z06, buyers will be able to equip both the 70th Anniversary Package and the Z07 Performance Package on their 2023 Corvette Z06 – although the 70th Anniversary package is only offered on the range-topping 3LZ trim. That said, true track enthusiasts will likely want to order their 2023 Corvette Z06 in the 1LT trim level and with the Z07 Performance Package, as the base trim is the lightest and therefore best suited to performance driving.
The 2023 Corvette Z06 will enter production at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant later this year. Pricing has yet to be divulged.