Production of the 2023 Corvette Z06 began just a few months ago. Despite the relative “youth” of the new C8 variant, new photographs captured by GM Authority spies show a curious prototype testing with a camouflaged lower rear fascia. Normally, this would not be all that noteworthy, as automakers, most certainly including GM, routinely test new products, designs and features to determine their efficacy. However, what makes this prototype interesting are its similarities to the current production-spec C8 Z06 bumper. So, what’s going on here?
GM Authority spent a good amount of time trying to find the differences between the production-spec and prototype bumpers / rear fascias. Visually, they appear to be exactly the same, notably featuring the center-mounted exhaust tips.
So if the design is exactly the same, then why would GM camouflage the bumper? Well, one of the reasons we can think of is that The General is testing a new material for the lower rear fascia, such as carbon fiber. Another reason is that this prototype integrates a new component, and engineers are testing to see how it interacts with the valance in question.
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As a reminder, the 2023 Corvette Z06 is powered by the 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline, ripping out 670 horsepower at a sky-high 8,400 rpm, along with 460 pound-feet of torque. This output is exclusively routed to the rear wheels via the GM eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While the powertrain is arguably the most impressive aspect of the C8 Z06, the available Z07 Performance Package elevates the track monster’s performance even further, featuring items like the FE7 suspension with specific Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 calibrations, Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires, larger carbon ceramic brakes, and optional carbon fiber wheels.
Under the aggressive body work, the Corvette Z06 rides on the GM Y2 platform, the same vehicle platform that underpins all C8 variants. Production takes place exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.