2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Preview
The Chevrolet Corvette entered its eighth generation as an all-new car for the 2020 model year. The update brought a fundamental change to the Corvette’s design, changing it from a front-engine, rear-drive sports car to a mid-engine, rear-drive American supercar. Even the most basic versions of the new Corvette are absolute rocket ships, but as with other versions of the car, Chevy isn’t stopping with the Stingray. The 2023 Corvette Z06 is on its way, though the automaker hasn’t released much more than a photo to confirm its existence. However, we won’t have long to wait for more details, as Chevy will officially unveil the car on October 26.
We expect the 2023 Z06 to carry a flat-plane-crank V8 in its sharp, mid-engine body. Spy videos and films of cars caught testing in public seem to confirm this rumor, as the Corvette can be heard winding out its mystery engine far past the limits of a traditional V8. Power output is unknown, but as the hopped-up Corvette, the Z06’s engine will undoubtedly deliver more than the standard car’s 490 horsepower. The image also shows a car with larger intakes and ductwork to cool its more powerful engine and larger brakes. There may also be a convertible version of the car at some point, but the Corvette’s removable top will be in place for the standard Z06 vehicles.
With the Z51, Z06, and ZR1, it’s easy to start thinking there are too many “Z” specifications for the Corvette. What do they mean? In the Corvette world, Z51 generally involves a slight upgrade to the car’s wheels and tires, brakes, cooling, and power. The Z06 treatment sharpens the Corvette into a track-ready machine with stiffer suspension, more cooling and power for the engine (or, in this case, a new engine entirely), and more aggressive aerodynamic bodywork. Corvette ZR1 models represent the pinnacle of power, handling, and price for the Corvette. It’s unclear if or when there will be a ZR1 version of the new C8 Corvette.
Trusted publications and the author’s speculation are the sources of information in this article. It was accurate as of October 1, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.