Chevrolet finally took the veils off its latest Z06 model, the 2023 Corvette being unveiled yesterday in grand fashion. The new high-performance model was introduced by a number of celebrities who were cast in a film that took us on a tour of Chevy’s most iconic cars so far.
And while that may be impressive and definitely an eye catcher, the car itself is more important. So, what does the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 bring to the table? First of all, a whole new engine.
Under the proverbial ‘hood’ of the new Z06 hides a new LT6 5.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 with a flat-plane crank, capable of developing 670 HP and 460 lb-ft of torque. This high level of power squeezed out of it makes the new LT6 motor the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever fitted to a production car. With an 8,600 RPM redline, this thing is probably going to be a blast to drive. But that’s definitely not all.
According to Chevrolet, the Z06 shares a lot of its underpinnings with the C8.R racing car used by the golden bowtie company in various motorsport events. To this end, the Z06 is 3.6 inches wider than the Stingray, running on 345-series rear tires and has a different aerodynamic profile, to allow for more air to pass through the side vents. The front and rear fascias of the Z06 are completely unique, with the former being developed to help cool the engine and brakes. Round the back you’ll also notice a new, configurable rear spoiler, with adjustable wickerbill elements meant to improve stability at higher speeds on the track.
The wheels now measure 20 inches up front and 21 in the back and are the largest ever fitted to a Corvette. They are also available in carbon fiber, this option reducing some 41 pounds of unsprung mass overall.
Of course, the suspension was also modified. The Z06 features Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 to keep its composure better. The brakes have also grown and now feature six-piston calipers up front. As for the transmission, the eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox comes with a specific, shorter final drive of 5.56, to improve acceleration.
Unfortunately, Chevy didn’t say just how fast the new Z06 Corvette will be. The 0-60 mph or its top speed remain to be unveiled but we’re pretty sure they won’t disappoint. Production is slated to begin in the third quarter of 2022..