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The 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 Is Better Because it Doesn’t Have Forced Induction

The much-anticipated 2023 Corvette Z06 is here with a new naturally aspirated LT6 V-8 engine, 670 horses, and an 8,600-rpm redline!

The C8 Corvette came out a couple of years back and we have been waiting for the new Z06 ever since. The time is finally here. The company has hyped it enough to keep us on our toes and it seems to be worth the wait. The 2023 Z06 comes with a new LT6 5.5-liter, flat-plane crank naturally aspirated V-8 engine that puts out 670 horses; 175 horses more than the standard C8. The engine redlines at 8,600 rpm and will be mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

How Much Power Does The 2023 Corvette Z06 Make?

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Chevrolet has debuted a new LT6 engine on the 2023 Corvette Z06.

It is a 5.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 mill that churns out 670 horses at 8,400 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 6,300 rpm.

Power is routed to the rear wheels exclusively via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

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The peak power is attained at 8,400 rpm, but the car redlines at 8,600 rpm! *All hail naturally aspirated engines!* It could take 2.5-2.6 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from naught and have a top speed of around 200 mph with the right packages and options.

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The LT6 has been around since 2019 in the C8.R race cars, but it’s the first time in a street-legal production car. The highlights of the new engine include:

  • An all-new aluminum cylinder block with a new dual-overhead-camshaft cylinder head design, dual-coil valve springs, and CNC-machined combustion chambers
  • Forged aluminum pistons and connecting rods
  • Active split intake manifold with twin 87mm throttle bodies
  • New six-stage dry-sump oiling
  • Stainless steel exhaust headers
  • Edge Red camshaft covers
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The car also comes with stuff like Launch Control, Active Handling ESC, Traction Control, Performance Traction Management, and an Electronic Limited-Slip Differential. The automaker even claims that the 2023 Z06 can pull 1.22 g on a 300-foot skidpad and achieve as much as 734 pounds of downforce at 186 mph.

This Is The Most Powerful Z06 EVER!

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The braking duties are taken over by 14.6-inch rotors up front with six-piston calipers and 15-inch Brembo rotors at the rear

This makes it the most powerful Z06 ever. Here’s a recap of the engines on the previous Z06 models:

  • The C2 featured a 5.4-liter, L84 V-8 that made 360 horses
  • The C5 came with a 5.7-liter, LS6 V-8 that put out 385 horses in the 2001 model and 405 horses in the rest of its run
  • The C6 was powered by a 7.0-liter LS7 V-8. It produced 505 ponies
  • The C7 featured a 6.2-liter, LT4 supercharged V-8 that churned out 650 horsepower
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - generations
YEARS ENGINE HORSEPOWER TRANSMISSION
C2 (1963) L84 5.4L OHV V-8 360 4-speed manual
C5 (2001-04) LS6 5.7L OHV V-8 385 (2001);           405 (2002-04) 6-speed manual
C6 (2006-13) LS7 7.0L OHV V-8 505 6-speed manual
C7 (2015-19) LT4 6.2L OHV V-8    supercharged 650 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic
C8 (2023) LT6 5.5L DOHC V-8 670 8-speed DCT

How Is The 2023 Corvette C8 Z06 On The Outside?

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On the outside, it looks a lot sharper than the standard C8. There are larger vents on the front fascia and on the rear fenders. At the rear, you have a center-mounted quad-exhaust tip setup

The 2023 Z06 is a lot sharper and sportier than the standard C8. There are larger vents on the front fascia and on the rear fenders. The fenders are pulled out to accommodate the wider tires and wider tracks. It is 30 mm (1.2 inches) wider up front and 40 mm (1.6 inches) wider at the rear when compared to the C8 Stingray. At the rear, you have center-mounted exhaust tips.

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Corvette has equipped 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch at the rear. They are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP rubber on all corners. At the front, they measure 275/30 section, whereas, at the rear, they measure 345/25 section. The braking duties are taken over by 14.6-inch rotors up front with six-piston calipers and 15-inch Brembo rotors at the rear. You can choose from six different colors for the calipers. Also, Corvette is offered 12 exterior shades and seven wheel packages.

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The car comes with a lot of aero components. As standard, you get a front splitter and a unique rear spoiler. There’s also a fixed tab at the edge of the spoiler – called the wickerbill – that increases the downforce by 365 pounds at 186 mph.

As for the dimensions, the 2023 Z06 is 184.6 inches long, 79.7 inches wide, and 48.6 inches tall. The wheelbase measures 107.2 inches, whereas the front and rear tracks are 66.3- and 66.1 inches wide. The dry curb weight is 3,434 pounds with the Z07 package and the carbon fiber wheels. Also, the 2023 Z06 can gulp 18.5 gallons of fuel in one go.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 exterior dimensions
Wheelbase (in. / mm): 107.2 / 2722
Overall Length (in. / mm): 184.6 / 4688 (std.) 185.9 / 4722 (w/ carbon fiber ground effects)
Overall Width (in. / mm): 79.7 / 2025
Overall Height (in. / mm): 48.6 / 1235
Track (in. mm): Front: 66.3 / 1685 Rear: 66.1 / 1678

How Is The 2023 Z06 On The Inside?

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The cabin can be customized based on your preference. Chevrolet and Corvette offer seven interior colors that make over 1,000 permutations and combinations. There are three seat choices and six seatbelt options as well. To make things even more interesting, you get to choose between two carbon fiber packages and a Stealth Aluminum package for the cabin. The interior can even be trimmed in Adrenaline Red.

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The car offers 37.9 inches of headroom, 42.8 inches of legroom, 54.4 inches of shoulder room, and 52 inches of hip room. You have 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space available at your disposal.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 interior dimensions
Headroom (in. / mm): 37.9 / 962
Legroom (in. / mm): 42.8 / 1087
Shoulder Room (in. / mm): 54.4 / 1382
Hip Room (in. / mm): 52 / 1321
Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L)1: 12.6 / 357

What Do You Get With The Z07 Package?

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The Z07 ups the ante in every way possible. The package includes:

  • 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

The aforementioned Carbon-Fiber Aero Package includes:

  • A larger front splitter
  • Front-corner canards/dive planes
  • A pedestal-mounted rear wing
  • Underbody aero strakes for the maximum downforce

Does It Have Any Safety And Driver Assistance Features?

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The list isn’t too long, but there are quite a few features like:

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Front and Rear Vision Camera
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Standard Head-Up Display
  • Rear Camera Mirror

How Much Does The 2023 Corvette Z06 Cost?

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Chevy has introduced the new Corvette Z06 and it comes with a new naturally aspirated engine that revs freely up to 8,600 rpm!

There’s no word on the pricing yet, but we speculate it to start at around $90,000.

When Will The 2023 Corvette Z06 Arrive?

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Chevy says the new Z06 will be available in the Summer of 2022. With the chip shortage worldwide, we won’t hold our breath on this.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 specifications
Bore & Stroke (in / mm): 4.104 x 3.150 / 104.25 x 80
Block Material: A319-T7 sand-cast aluminum with pressed-in iron cylinder liners and four-bolt main bearing caps
Cylinder Head Material: A356 T6 cast aluminum
Combustion Chamber Volume: 58.8cc
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Valvetrain: Dual overhead camshafts with mechanical finger follower valvetrain and dual-coil valve springs
Valve Size (in / mm): 1.654 / 42 titanium (intake) & 1.378 / 35 sodium filled (exhaust)
Throttle Body: Twin 87mm single bore (electronic)
ECU: GM E68 (32-bit processing)
Horsepower (hp): 670 @ 8400 rpm (GM tested per SAE J1349)
Torque (lb-ft/ Nm): 460 / 623 @ 6300 rpm (GM tested per SAE J1349)

2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 FAQ

How Much Does the C8 Corvette Z06 Cost?
As of the time of this publication, pricing for the 2023 C8 Corvette Z06 has yet to be revealed, however, based on the pricing difference between the base C7 and C7 Z06, expect an MSRP somewhere in the $90,000 range.

How Fast Is the 2023 Chevy C8 Corvette Z06?[/]q]

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 Powerful is the Chevy C8 Corvette Z06?

The 2023 Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 delivers 670 horsepower at 8,400 RPM and 460 pound-feet of torque at 6,300 rpm from a 5.5-liter flat-plane-crank V-8

What is the Chevy C8 Corvette Z06’s Redline?

The Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 redlines at 8,600 rpm, although maximum horsepower is achieved at 8,400 rpm.

Is the Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 Turbocharged or Supercharged?

The C8 Corvette Z06 is naturally aspirated – a big change from the C7 Z06 – but the 5.5-liter V-8 is the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 ever offered in a production car.

When Can I order a 2023 Chevy C8 Corvette Z06?
The Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 enters production in the summer of 2022, and Chevy is expected to begin taking orders as early as Spring of 2022.

Is the Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 AWD?
Like the C7 Corvette Z06, the C8 Corvette Z06 is RWD, however, it does offer a number of driver assistance features to help keep its 670 horsepower under control when you put the hammer down.

What is the C8 Corvette Z07 Performance Package?

The Z07 performance package includes everything from the base Z-6, but adds in the FE7 suspension system with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 calibrations. It also comes with Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires that were designed specifically for the Z06 and can be part of the optional carbon fiber wheel package that slashes off 41 pounds for the Z06’s curb weight.

How Does the Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 Handle?

Chevy claims that the Corvette Z06 can pull 1.22 g on a 300-foot skidpad and achieve as much as 734 pounds of downforce at 186 mph.

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