10 Things to Know Before Buying the 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06
10 of the most interesting and stand-out features of the upcoming 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06by Bhavik Sreenath, on LISTEN 08:57
The new Z06 is here, and it comes with a whole lot of goodies for the $30,000 premium chevy is charging over the base Corvette Stingray. The highlight is the all-new LS6 V8, accompanied by a slew of mechanical and aerodynamic upgrades that make this a serious threat to cars like the 911 GT3, so here are 10 interesting and stand-out features about the all-new 2023 Corvette Z06.
The 2023 Corvette Z06 Is More Powerful Than The Ford GT!
Powering Chevy’s latest C8 generation of the Corvette Z06 is a high-revving 5.5-liter naturally aspirated, flat-plane V-8 that makes 670 horsepower at 8,400 rpm, making this the highest revving Corvette in history. Peak torque of 460 pound-feet comes in at 6,300 rpm, but the engine itself can rev up to 8,600 rpm. In addition, the engine now features a dry-sump design, stainless steel headers, and an edge red camshaft cover to distinguish itself from the Stingray.
No Forced Induction In The 2023 Corvette Z06
The 2023 Corvette Z06 is the first car to use Chevy’s all-new LT6 naturally aspirated engine, which, in this application, displaces 5.5 liters. For the first time in a Corvette, the engine makes use of a flat-plane crankshaft, a trait commonly associated with European supercars like Ferraris and Lamborghinis. The LT6, just like most great engines, finds its roots in motorsports as this engine was developed for the 2019 Corvette C8.R race car. This is why the engine comes with an all-aluminum cylinder block with dual overhead cams, dual-coil valve springs, and CNC-machined combustion chambers. Even the pistons and connecting rods are forged out of aluminum which gives this lightweight engine an 8,600 rpm redline.
The C8 Z06 Is Quicker Than The Ferrari F8 Tributo
With 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, the new Z06 Corvette is no slouch. It is capable of hitting 60 mph from a standstill in just 2.6 seconds, courtesy of its quick-shifting eight-speed DCT transmission and wider rear wheels that help put the power down more effectively. The improved aero over the Stingray combined with the added power means the Z06 is capable of hitting the 200 mph mark.
The Corvette Z06 Will Be A Hoot To Drive
The 2023 Z06 is a very balanced car, thanks to its all-new mid-engined layout that was introduced with the C8 generation and makes it a lot more planted and less prone to limit oversteer, unlike its predecessors. The Z06 gets significant upgrades over the standard Stingray, such as a wider track, bigger wheels measuring 20 inches up front and 21 inches at the rear, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP rubber, and so on. This, combined with the uprated suspension setup and bigger Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers up front and five pistons in the rear, gives it immense capabilities on track and makes the Z06 a truly balanced machine.
The Z07 Package Is A Revelation
The standard Z06 is a very well-equipped machine, but Chevy also offers the Corvette Z06 with the Z07 package which adds a lot of purposeful performance enhancements to the standard car, including:
- Carbon-Fiber Aero Package
- Michelin Sport Cup 2R ZP tires
- Unique FE7 suspension with specific Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 calibrations
- Optional carbon fiber wheels that are 41 pounds lighter than the standard set
- Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes with 15.7-inch rotors at the front and 15.4-inch-rotors at the rear
Multiple Interior Options
With the C8 generation, the new Z06 Corvette receives a reimagined interior that packs in a functional 8.0-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a 12-inch driver display, a highly configurable heads-up display, and a 10-speaker Bose sound system or the optional 14-speaker system. The bucket seats and largely comfortable and offers lots of support while the cabin is roomy enough even for taller passengers. The material quality has also seen a big step up with leathers, stitching, and switchgear all bringing in an air of quality that was missing from the previous generations. Lastly, you don’t have to stick with just one theme. Chevy has offered different interior colors, six seatbelt options, three different seat options, two carbon fiber packages, and a stealth aluminum package.
The C8 Corvette Z06 Punches Above Its Weight
The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a mid-engined American sportscar with supercar performance and offers an unmatched price to performance ratio. With features like a 670 horsepower, high-revving, naturally aspirated V-8 and a sub $100K price tag, it competes with the best of the best, like the new Porsche 911 GT3 range that starts at $130,000, the AMG GT Black Series which costs north of $300K, and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage coupe that starts just shy of $150K.
What Separates The C8 Z06 From The Regular C8 Stingray?
The biggest difference between the C8 Corvette Stingray and the Z06 has to be the engine. The Stingray packs a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8 producing 490 horsepower while the Z06 packs a brand new 670-horsepower, 5.5-liter LS6 V-8 that is much lighter and has a higher redline, thanks to a flat-plane crankshaft. In addition, the Z06 features a fully retuned suspension with Magnaride as standard and an electronically controlled LSD. It also packs bigger Brembo brakes and wider track width, in addition to the aero tweaks and the wider body panels. The interior comes with bespoke stitching and new materials like Alcantara and carbon fiber for a sportier in-cabin feel.
How Much Will The 2023 C8 Corvette Z06 Cost?
Chevy’s latest thoroughbred mid-engined sports car now receives the Z06 treatment. The new Z06 gets an all-new 5.5-Liter LT6 V8 along with a whole host of structural and mechanical such as an all-new suspension and a completely redesigned gearbox. All these things add to the price and with an estimated starting price of just over $90,000, it’s expected to be nearly $30K more than the standard Corvette Stingray but at this price it is going to take on more expensive competitors like the 911 GT3 which starts at $130K, making it quite the value proposition in this company.
When Will The 2023 C8 Corvette Z06 Arrive?
Launched for the 2023 model year, the C8 Corvette Z06 is scheduled to begin production in the summer of 2022, and according to Chevy’s current timeline, you should be able to place your orders by early spring, and deliveries are expected to commence before the end of this year.
How Fast Is the 2023 Chevy C8 Corvette Z06?
Given the power output of 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, the C8 Corvette Z06 should be able to hit 60 mph in the neighborhood of 2.5 seconds, making it 0.5-seconds faster than the base Stingray. Chevy has yet to release official sprint times, however.
How Much Horsepower Does the 2023 Corvette Z06 Have?
The 2023 Corvette Z06 comes equipped with an all-new 670 horsepower LS6 V-8, displacing 5.5-liters and the racing-derived engine features a flat-plane crank with a dry-sump design and lightweight forged internals resulting in the Z06’s high 8600 rpm redline.
How to order a 2023 Corvette Z06?
With production commenced on the 16th of May 2022, some dealerships have started taking orders, but some have it on hold due to high demand orders