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The C8 Z06 Is Finally Out, Here is How It Compares To The Stingray

Will the added premium be worth it? Read on to find out

Okay, so the 2023 Corvette Z06 is finally here, but how does it stack up against the standard model. Well, let’s find out

Overview

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The Z06 model line is a big deal for Chevy and it has always stood for top-tier performance from the Corvette brand. However, it has taken GM a while to bring the latest C8 generation-based Z06 to fruition. Nonetheless, the wait is finally over as the highly anticipated 2023 model is finally out. It’s been close to six years since the C7 Z06 came out, back in 2015, and with this latest iteration, the C8 Z06 is truly looking to be a game-changer.

Exterior

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Well, the wait is finally over, one of the most highly anticipated cars of the year, the C8 Z06 is finally out. But how does it stack up against the standard Stingray? Lets find out

While styling is subjective, most people will agree that the base C8 stingray is already a handsome car. Some people still aren’t convinced about the mid-engined layout, however, I’m sure that the C8 has grown on people since. The Z06 carries a far more aggressive stance when compared to the standard model. You’ll find a revised front facia with a larger air intake, that allows the engine to breathe better.

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Go for the Z07 package and expect to find a more aggressive aero in the form of a bigger wing, an aggressive-looking front splitter, and other tweaks that will help the Z06 corner better. Trick aerodynamics will also help in cooling the brakes. The exhaust unit is also very different from the one you find on the Stingray, and would you just listen to that exhaust note.

Interior

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On the inside, the Z06 is quite similar to the Stingray. However, this being the performance model, you get some special materials which include carbon fiber, found on the steering wheel and the paddle shifters, Alcantara, and aluminum. Overall you have a plethora of permutations and combinations (over 1000) to play with, with one of the garish options being a red interior.

Performance

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The biggest highlight on the new C8 Z06 is the 5.5 liter DOHC V-8 engine that produces 670 horsepower

The powertrain on the C8 Z06 definitely has to be its highlight. It features the naturally aspirated 5.5 DOHC V-8 LT6 engine that employs a flat-plane crankshaft, and it produces 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, up from the Stingrays 490 horsepower. The Z51 package on the Stingray, adds an extra five horsepower taking it up to 495.

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The engine note on the new Z06 is also on another level. The sound track, out of the box can give any Italian exotic a run for its money

With that, the new LT6 is the most powerful V-8 engine to ever be fitted to a road car. This engine also redlines higher to 8700 rpm as opposed to 6500 on the Stingray. Power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Ride and Handling

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As far as ride and handling is concerned, the Z06 gets an upgraded suspension setup as standard and sits on wider tires

Chevy worked long and hard to perfect the way that the C8 Z06 drives. It gets better dampers and an upgraded suspension setup, when compared to the Stingray. You’ll get significantly better six-piston brakes, about 1.2” larger than those found with the Z51 package. Stepping it up to the track-focused Z07 package will add carbon-ceramic rotors.

You’ll also find wider and stickier rubber at both ends. The Z06 20” 275/30 section upfront and 345/35 at the rear, are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber. One also has the option of adding carbon-fiber wheels that wear Pilot Cup 2 R tires, that were designed exclusively for the Z06.

Will the price premium be worth it?

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There isn’t any word on pricing yet, but expect it to be somewhere in the region of $90,000

Well, that totally depends. Apart from the obvious, i.e the superior performance, where you’ll really benefit from the Z06 is with the car’s exclusivity and resale value. For the foreseeable future, expect General Motors to churn out limited numbers of the car. Also, Z06’s tend to retain their value far better in the long run and will be more desirable as time goes by.

Conclusion

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While that might sound steep, do keep in mind that Z06’s will be far more exclusive and hold their value well in the long run. Swipe Up to Read More.

When the C8 Corvette debuted, it most certainly caused a stir, but the big takeaway really was the price, in the region of 60 grand. We anticipate that the C8 Z06 will be priced somewhere close to $90,000. While that might be steep, do keep in mind that the new Z06 offers supercar rivaling performance, at a fraction of the cost of something similar from Europe, and in that regard, it definitely seems like a bargain. For those who seek the latest and greatest, the Z06, really is a no-brainer.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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