2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Initially, the Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06 was expected to arrive for the 2022 model year, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The automaker has since confirmed that the mid-engined Z06 will indeed arrive as a 2023 model, which was recently revealed via live-stream film.
|Assembly Location||GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kentucky, USA|
|Body Style(s)||Coupe, Convertible|
|Engine(s)||5.5L LT6 V8|
|Availability||U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East|
|Predecessor||2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06|
|Successor||2024 Chevrolet Corvette Z06|
The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 “puts the world on notice” with its high-revving, flat-plane crank V8 engine, aggressive looks, light-weight components, and higher levels of performance aimed at all-out track capability, which are elevated even further on models outfitted with the Z07 package.
Powering the all-new Corvette C8 Z06 is a 5.5-liter V8 engine dubbed the LT6, which has a lofty output of 670 horsepower, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine ever in a production GM vehicle. The engine also produces 460 pound-feet of torque, and has a sky-high 8,600 rpm redline and a Ferrari-like exhaust note, courtesy of a flat-plane crank. Other notable features of the LT6 include an active split intake manifold with twin 87 mm throttle bodies and a racing-inspired dry-sump oiling system.
Notably, the new engine is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that is similar to the unit used by the C8 Corvette Stingray, however, the Z06 is fitted with a shorter 5.56 final drive ratio. Coupled with the e-LSD and Z06-specific wheels, tires, and suspension, the power plant is capable of rocketing the mid-engined sports car from 0 to 60 in as little as 2.6 seconds.
When it comes to suspension, the 2023 C8 Z06 is fitted with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0. Wider wheels measuring at 20 inches in the front and 21 inches the rear help to push the performance envelope of the C8 Z06, and they’re wrapped in standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP tires that measure in at 275/30ZR20 up front and 345/25ZR21 in the rear.
The available Z07 Performance Package features larger, carbon ceramic 15.7-inch-diameter front rotors and 15.4-inch-diameter rear rotors, along with stickier Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP rubber, unique FE7 suspension with Z07-specific Magnetic Ride Control damper calibration, and available carbon fiber wheels that deliver a 41-pound reduction in unsprung mass. All Z07-equipped models also receive a full carbon fiber aerodynamics package with a larger front splitter, front-corner dive planes, a rear wing and an underbody strake.
Similar to the C7 Z06, the C8 Z06 is fitted with a wide-body design compared to the C8 Stingray along with revised aerodynamics. To that end, Chevy says the only exterior components shared between the Z06 and non-Z06 models are the doors, the roof, and the hatch.
Like the C8 Stingray, the C8 Z06 will be available in two body styles:
- A two-door coupe with a removable hard top panel
- A two-door convertible with a retractable hardtop
On the inside, the same general cockpit design is utilized, though it does indeed feature Z06 exclusive components which further “blends the two worlds of art and science with craft and quality.”
Additionally, the Z06 offers available carbon fiber-wrapped steering wheel, carbon fiber dash/door trim, three different seat choices and six seat belt options.
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