The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has finally made its debut nearly a month after the first set of teasers came out. While it’s no surprise that the Z06 looks even more aggressive now, wait till you hear its flat-plane crank V8.
Producing 670 hp and 623 Nm of torque, the 5.5-liter V8 engine, which is internally known as the LT6, does not have any turbos or superchargers, which is now a rarity in this day and age. What this results in is unadulterated engine noise that sounds more like a Ferrari due to its flat-plane crank. This is unlike the typical American V8 engines that have a cross-plane crank, which results in a deep rumble. The engine’s redline is at 8,600 rpm, which should provide a lot of aural thrills as you blast down a race track.
Power is sent through the rear wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Nope, you can’t get a manual, if that’s what you’re after. With this transmission and engine combination, the Corvette Z06 is able to sprint from 0-60 mph (96 kph) in just 2.6 seconds.
The engine has been tested through race tracks around the world through the C8.R racing program. The said racecar also won six races along with winning the manufacturer’s title in IMSA’s 2020 season.
Handling all that power is a chassis that receives a host of extensive modifications. The SLA-type front and rear suspension with its Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0 has been tuned to handle all the high cornering speeds the supercar can take. The adaptive suspension is able to adjust depending on the drive mode, whether it is on track for less body roll or on the road for better comfort.
Other driving aids come in the form of launch control, active handling traction control, Performance Traction management, and even an electronic limited-slip differential (LSD) that offers better corner exiting grip. There are also bigger Brembo brakes along with the option to swap the alloy wheels for carbon fiber ones that reduce unsprung mass by 18.6 kg. All of these upgrades, according to Chevrolet, allow the Corvette Z06 to sustain lateral forces as much as 1.22 g.
It’s one thing for a supercar to perform well, but it’s another for it to look the part. Thankfully, the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 doesn’t disappoint. Available in both convertible and coupe (with a detachable roof), the fenders of both vehicles are wider in order to accommodate the wider front and rear tracks, plus the new front end, which is inspired by the C8.R racecar, allows the Corvette to breathe more air for better cooling. An optional carbon fiber package adds a larger fronts splitter, front corner canards, a pedestal-mounted rear wing, and underbody aero strakes.
The interior of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has also been thoroughly upgraded. The interior is both track-focused and luxurious. There are numerous carbon fiber trims as standard, and these are located in the steering wheel and shift paddles. A level 2 carbon fiber interior trim package increases the amount of the aforementioned material placed around the interior. For those who want more luxury instead, the optional Adrenaline Red interior adds a generous amount of leather on the seats, doors, dashboard, and even the entire door panels.
The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will be produced at the Bowling Green, Kentucky plant, with the supercar being built for both left- and right-hand drive markets.