The 2023 C8 Corvette Z06 has rocked the performance car market since its official debut back in October 2021, proving a stunning combination of aggressive looks, a high-revving engine, exceptional performance, and a comparatively-affordable price point. As such, many C8 Z06 model’s have been pitted up against more expensive, exotic sports and supercars to test the American performance machine. Today, we have a 2023 Corvette Z06 racing a McLaren Artura.
First, here’s a breakdown on how these two performance vehicles matchup. The Artura is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor on the front axle, producing a total of 671 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the C8 Z06 is powered by the 5.5L LT6 V8 and develops 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Both vehicles are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
An interesting piece worth noting is that the Artura is AWD, while the Z06 is exclusively RWD. In addition, it wasn’t mentioned if either vehicle was equipped with aftermarket parts.
Off the hit, the 2023 Corvette Z06 jumps ahead of the Artura, and carries this lead until roughly halfway through the quarter-mile drag race. At that point, the extra 60 pound-feet of torque, but mostly the 600-pound advantage, helps propel the McLaren Artura ahead. By the finish line, the Artura finishes first, albeit only by roughly a car length. However, when it comes to engine note, the Z06 is the clear winner here.
It’s worth noting that the Artura has a starting MSRP just under $240,000, while the 2023 C8 Z06 boasts a starting price of $109,295.