2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2023 Corvette Z06 Review

The 2023 Corvette Z06 is one of the most highly anticipated sports cars of the year, and it does not disappoint. With its powerful engine and sleek design, the Z06 is a car that is sure to turn heads on the road.

Under the hood, the Z06 features a 5.5-liter V8 engine that delivers an impressive 670 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This powerful engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which allows for smooth shifting and quick acceleration. The Z06 also comes with a performance exhaust system, which gives it a deep and aggressive exhaust note.

The exterior of the Z06 is equally impressive, with its low-slung profile and aerodynamic design. The car sits on 20-inch wheels, which are wrapped in high-performance tires for maximum grip on the road. The Z06 also features a carbon-fiber hood and front splitter, which help to reduce weight and improve aerodynamics.

Inside the car, the Z06 is just as impressive. The seats are made of high-quality leather and feature supportive bolsters to keep you firmly in place during high-speed cornering. The dashboard is sleek and modern, with a large touchscreen display that houses the car’s infotainment system.

One of the standout features of the Z06 is its handling. The car features a magnetic ride control suspension system, which uses magnetorheological fluid to adjust the damping of the shocks in real-time. This allows for a comfortable ride on the highway, while also providing excellent handling on winding roads and racetracks.

The 2023 Corvette Z06 is an exceptional sports car that is sure to please even the most discerning drivers. With its powerful engine, sleek design, and advanced features, the Z06 is a car that is sure to impress. If you’re looking for a high-performance sports car that can compete with the best of them, the Z06 should definitely be at the top of your list.

Racing at its core
The sound and appearance of the Z06 take direction from Corvette Racing. The direct knowledge transfer from the track to the street has never been more evident. The Z06 chassis has underpinned Corvette Racing’s C8.R since it began competing in 2020. Thanks to a shared chassis, similar engine architecture and exterior proportions, the C8.R has been referred to internally as the Z06 hiding in plain sight.  

“Racing was the reason the Z06 was developed in 1963, and it continues to support development of the road models that make them better on the street and the track,” said Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer, Corvette. “It also means we’ve tested the Z06 on the best tracks around the world, from Circuit of the Americas here in the United States, to the Nürburgring in Germany.” 

The Corvette C8.R shined during IMSA’s 2020 sports car championship series, capturing six victories and seven pole positions, and setting the fastest class race laps in six events. During the 2020 series, Chevrolet won the GT Manufacturers title – its 13th since 2001. Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia and the No. 3 Corvette C8.R crew won the GTLM Drivers and Team championships.

The performance envelope of Z06 builds on the foundation laid by Stingray, as does Z06’s design language and attention to detail. Expanded material offerings, new interior packages and features unique to Z06 enable owners to create their own bespoke American supercar.

Additional highlights of the 2023 Corvette Z06 include:

  • A stance 3.6 inches (9.4 cm) wider than the Stingray, accommodating massive 345-series rear tires and more airflow through side air vents
  • Unique front and rear fascias, a first for Z06. The front fascia is designed to optimize the Z06’s cooling needs, including channeling air to a center heat exchanger, which is one of five for maximum cooling performance
  • A unique, standard reconfigurable rear spoiler with adjustable wickerbill elements designed to improve high-speed stability and cornering capability on a racetrack
  • Standard 20-inch front and 21-inch rear forged aluminum “spider” wheels (with five available finishes) — the largest wheels ever available on a production Corvette
  • Available lightweight and rigid carbon fiber wheels that deliver a 41-pound (18.6-kg) reduction in unsprung mass, which contributes to more agile and responsive handling
  • Specific suspension tuning, including Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, and larger brakes (six-piston front) than the Stingray, contribute to making the 2023 Corvette Z06 the most track-capable Corvette ever
  • Eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with a specific, “shorter” 5.56 final drive ratio compared to the Corvette Stingray, which enhances acceleration capability
  • Elevated cockpit surrounding the driver, with rich materials and textures, including more carbon fiber trim and new options
  • Available Z07 performance package that offers the greatest track capability and provides 734 pounds of downforce at 186 mph, more than any Corvette ever. It includes a carbon fiber high rear wing and ground effects, specific chassis tuning, specific Magnetic Ride Control calibration and unique Michelin® Cup 2 R ZP tires, along with Brembo® carbon ceramic brakes and optional carbon fiber wheels

“Virtually every component that distinguishes the Z06 was developed to support or enhance its capability,” said Juechter. “By leveraging the mid-engine architecture’s inherent advantages, we are able to achieve six percent more downforce than a seventh-gen ZR1 at eight percent lower drag.”

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