Secrets of the C8 Corvette Z06's Outrageous 5.5-Liter V-8 Engine
Here’s everything you need to know about the new Z06’s Beating Heart
After what seems like an eternity, GM finally unveiled the highly anticipated 2023 C8 based Z06 yesterday
The highlight of the new car is its all-new powertrain. The latest Z06 features a new 5.5-liter V-8 engine that produces 670 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque
This will make the LT6, the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 engine, ever fitted to a production car. But whats makes this new engine tick?
For starters, the new engine uses aluminum in the cylinder block, the pistons along with titanium connecting rods
The Corvette Z06 will also employ a flat-plane crankshaft with the new LT6, which has its origins in the C8.R race car
Unlike a cross-plane crankshaft that you'd typically find on muscle cars, a flat-plane crankshaft dominate the use of counterweights, which are used to balance engine vibrations, hence helping them rev harder
Despite this, a flat-plane crankshaft tends to vibrate more. GM Engineers got round this problem by using a bigger 104.3 mm Bore and a short 80.0 mm Stroke. This reduces the speed of the piston and in turn reducing secondary vibrations
As a result the new Z06 revs all the way to 8600 rpm, which is higher than any other Corvette in history
Speaking of revs, the engine note is also truly distinctive and sounds very exotic indeed. Chevy in fact spent millions in developing the right soundtrack for the 2023 Z06
In the end, the new Z06 promises supercar rivalling performance, and the LT6 is a big component of that story. Swipe to get an in-depth overview of Chevy's new V-8.