The 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 stands apart from the Corvette C8 Stingray for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the Z06’s revised exterior and extra-aggressive styling. Notably, the new Corvette Z06 is also equipped with four centrally placed exhaust pipes, whereas the C8 Stingray features outboard exhaust pipes. Now, however, GM says that the 2023 Corvette Z06 will in fact come equipped with an outboard exhaust treatment for some foreign markets.
The reason behind the revised exhaust location for some foreign markets is due to the required installation of a gas particulate filter. For the moment, it’s unclear which foreign markets will require the gas particulate filter and outboard exhaust treatment, as GM says it’s currently “focused on the Corvette Z06 for the domestic market.”
According to a Chevy spokesperson, the brand will “communicate details referring to export versions later in due time.”
GM unveiled the C8 Corvette Z06 in October, showing off four centrally placed exhaust pipes with a series of official photos. However, GM Authority has also spotted examples of the Corvette Z06 equipped with outboard exhaust pipes. According to a GM spokesperson, as GM Authority reported last month, “The outboard exhaust was our original design, the center exhaust is the latest – there will not be a choice available.”
As for what those exhaust pipes are connecting to, the 2023 Corvette Z06 is motivated by the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, which is rated at 670 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, and can spin up to a 8,600-rpm redline. Output is routed to the rear wheels through the revised GM eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission co-developed with Tremec.
Under the body panels, the 2023 Corvette Z06 rides on the GM Y2 platform. Production takes place exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.