Corvette Racing drivers Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia recently had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the 2023 Corvette Z06 during the IMSA race weekend at Road America, allowing the two racers to sample Chevy’s latest track-bred supercar and see how it stacks up to their Corvette C8.R racecar.
The 2023 Corvette Z06 is essentially a road-legal version of the Corvette C8.R that Taylor and Garcia race in the IMSA WeatherTech Series. The road car features the same 5.5L LT6 V8 engine as the C8.R and is offered with a race-bred aero package that includes front dive planes, underbody strakes, a massive rear wing, and other components that are typically found on GT race cars. That means Taylor and Garcia felt right at home as they hopped behind the wheel of the road-going 2023 Corvette Z06 at Road America, even though it was one of the first times they had driven the car.
“Driving around here in Elkhart Lake at Road America, it’s a track where you can really open up the engine and just accelerate,” Taylor said of the new Z06 after his tour of the 4.048-mile circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. “The power is impressive, the handling is impressive, the brakes…I mean, yeah I’ve got a huge smile on my face. I’m going to be leaving here and planning to negotiate to get my own one back at home.”
“You can surely feel everything we actually feel in the race car,” added Garcia. “Power, grip, everywhere.”
🔊🔊What happens when you give two #Corvette racers the 2023 #Z06 to sample at Road America? Absolute magic… 🎶🎶 @jordan10taylor @AntonioGarcia_3 @TeamChevy @Chevrolet @IMSA @RoadAmerica pic.twitter.com/unSWGofBNk
— Corvette Racing (@CorvetteRacing) August 17, 2022
In addition to Taylor and Garcia’s commentary, this video allows the viewer to hear the Corvette Z06’s naturally aspirated, flat-plane crank 5.5 LT6 V8 engine sing as it approaches its 8,600 RPM redline. As a reminder, this engine produces 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque in the mid-engine supercar, with power sent to the rear wheels through an upgraded version of GM’s dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission. The automaker claims the Z06 can hustle from zero to 60 mph in roughly 2.6 seconds.
The 2023 Corvette Z06 will enter production at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant this year. Pricing for the Coupe body style in the entry-level 1LZ trim starts at $106,395, including the mandatory destination freight charge, while pricing for the Convertible in this same base trim starts at $113,895.