All-new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 brings more power and a louder exhaust to the C8 Corvette family
Naturally-aspirated 5.5-litre V8 delivers 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque with an 8,600-RPM redline
Will be available Summer 2022
The all-new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 unveiled today is the quickest, most potent Corvette ever built. Joining the Stingray in the redesigned C8 Corvette lineup, the new high-performance trim is the fourth-generation Z06 model.
Visually, the 2023 Corvette Z06 is more aggressive, as has always been the case. The quad centre exhaust is a dead giveaway that this is a special version while the front fascia is quite a bit more detailed than the “regular” C8 Corvette. Many of the design elements of the new Z06 are taken from the track version of the Corvette, the C8.R.
The new C8 Corvette Z06 also gets GM’s Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension system.
The wheel designs are unique to the model and the side intake is redesigned and larger. Overall, the Z06 is wider thanks to its exclusive aerokit and flared arches and fenders.
The base Z06 is pretty rad looking, but buyers can take it up a notch with the Z07 Performance Package which adds an even more detailed front splitter, light carbon fiber distinct wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, and a in-your-face rear wing. The Z06 Corvette rides on standard Pilot Sport 4S tires. The rear wing is adjustable to improve downforce as needed, the Brembo brakes are carbon ceramic and larger, and the suspension is beefed up with distinct settings for the Magnetic Ride Control system.
Like the Stingray, the C8 Corvette will be available as either a coupe with a removable hardtop or as a hardtop convertible. Inside, the design of the C8 returns with the distinct vertical button strip and centre screen. The major differences in the Z06 include a sportier steering wheel design and a lot of carbon fiber. A new Adrenaline Red finish is available along with many other options that overall offer over 1,000 combinations according to GM.
Moving back to the engine, located behind the driver of course, we find a new and mighty 5.5-litre naturally aspirated LT6 V8 engine featuring a flat-plane crank and dual overhead cams. Capable of screaming to an 8,600-RPM redline with full power coming at 8,400 RPM, this engine delivers 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
Although that’s a significant drop in torque compared to the previous Z06 that offered 650 pound-feet, Chevy says the new Corvette Z06 engine is designed as a more balanced, more track-ready powertrain that delivers a more comprehensive approach to overall performance as opposed to straight-line madness. That’s our own summary, but that’s kind of what Chevrolet was saying about the new Z06. In simple terms, it wanted to focus on what matters on a track, which is a lot of horsepower at high RPMs.
A dual-clutch 8-speed automatic gearbox will rout the massive power to the rear wheels. The new quad center exhaust has been tuned to be louder than ever, although the driver can adjust the sound to not wake up the neighbourhood in the morning. We’ve heard the sound of the Z06 a few times prior to the unveil, and it is distinctly different from other Z06 models. Sounding more like an Italian exotic than an American muscle car, it promises to turn heads just as much as the actual car will.
The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will be available summer 2022.