While the 2023 Corvette Z06 produces quite a bit more power than the C8 Corvette Stingray thanks to its new flat plane crank DOHC V8 engine, it isn’t much faster than the entry-level Vette on which it’s based from a top speed standpoint.
According to a recent report from Corvette Blogger, the 2023 Corvette Z06 will boast a top speed of 195 mph in base form, while models equipped with the downforce-heavy Z07 Performance Package will top out at 188 mph.
As a reminder, the 2023 Corvette Stingray has a top speed of 194 mph, while models equipped with the optional Z51 Performance Package are rated at 184 mph due to the small front splitter and rear spoiler. The Stingray’s 6.2L LT2 V8 engine is rated at 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in base form, while the Z06’s 5.5L LT6 V8 produces 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter confirmed the Z06’s top speed during a recent appearance at the 2022 Corvettes at Carlisle event in Pennsylvania. Juechter also explained to Vette enthusiasts in attendance that the Z06 was never really meant to impress with its on-paper stats, but rather was engineered to be a raw, visceral track car for true driving enthusiasts. Even with outright performance taking a back seat to general driving feel, Chevy still ended up with a car that can hustle from zero to mph in 2.6 seconds and top out at nearly 200 mph.
“This really is not a numbers car, we never intended to be,” Juechter said, as quoted by Corvette Blogger. “It was always intended to be the most pure expression of track and driver capability. That’s what we were thinking about, but the numbers are pretty good. You’ve got 670 horsepower, that’s very, very impressive. We published it before, but zero to 60 on this car is 2.6 seconds. So honestly, when we broke three seconds on the stingray, we were a little worried because this car isn’t a drag racer per se.”
Unfortunately, many 2023 Corvette Z06 order holders will have to wait to receive their vehicle, with GM limiting production on the vehicle due to supplier constraints. GM has also stopped taking new sold orders for the 2023 model-year Z06 at this time.