The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has arrived.
And on paper, it looks like a badass worthy of the Z06 designation.
The track-oriented Z06 starts off with wider front and rear fairings and a front splitter. The car shares its chassis with the Corvette Racing C8.R, and the Z06 has a stance 3.6 inches wider than the Corvette Stingray. This allows the use of 345mm rear tires. Additional side vents increase air flow.
The front fairing channels intake air to a central heat exchanger, which is one of five such units. Standard is a reconfigurable rear spoiler with an adjustable wicker spout.
Standard wheels are 20 inches in the front and 21 in the rear, with carbon fiber wheels available. The brakes are bigger than Stingray’s and have six-piston front calipers, and the suspension is specially tuned. This includes magnetic driving control.
Power is transmitted to the ground via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and the final reduction ratio is 5.56. A Z07 performance package is optional and includes carbon fiber rear spoiler, ground effects, chassis specific tuning, magnetic suspension control specific tuning, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, fiber wheels available carbon and Michelin Cup 2 R ZP tires. Chevrolet claims this package can give the car up to 734 pounds of downforce at 186 mph.
By now you’re probably yelling at me to tell you about the engine, so I’ll oblige you. The LT6 5.5-liter twin overhead camshaft V8 is naturally aspirated, has a flat crank and redline at 8600 rpm, a dry sump oil system, short strokes, a aluminum cylinder block, aluminum pistons, forged titanium connecting rods, active split intake manifold with dual 87mm throttle bodies, four-to-two-for-one stainless steel exhaust manifolds and 670 horsepower horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
An available carbon fiber aero package adds a larger front splitter and underbody strakes, along with a pedestal rear spoiler and front angle dive planes.
Modern track-focused cars include electronic aids, and the Z06 is no exception, with launch control, electronic limited-slip differential, and performance traction management.
Production is slated to begin next summer in Bowling Green, Ky., And this’ Vette goes global, as left-hand and right-hand drive versions will be built.
Chevrolet didn’t put a price tag in the press release, but we’re betting it will be close to, if not over, six figures to begin with.
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