The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette is here.
And on paper, it looks like a terrible ass in a way that deserves the Z06 designation.
Focused on the truck, the Z06 starts with a wider front and rear fascia and front splitter. The car shares a chassis with the Corvette Racing C8.R, and the Z06 has a stance 3.6 inches wider than the Corvette Stingray. This allows you to use a 345mm rear tire. Additional side vents increase airflow.
The front fascia feeds the intake air to one of these five units, the central heat exchanger. Standard is a reconfigurable rear spoiler with an adjustable wicker building.
Standard wheels are 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear, and carbon fiber wheels can be used. The brakes are larger than Stingray’s, with a 6-piston front caliper and specially tuned suspension. This includes magnetic ride control.
The power is grounded via an 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with a final drive ratio of 5.56. The Z07 Performance Package is optional and includes carbon fiber rear wings, ground effects, specific chassis tuning, specific magnetic ride control tuning, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, available carbon fiber wheels and Michelin Cup 2 RZP tires. Chevy claims that this package can give the car up to 734 pounds of downforce at 186mph.
Now that you are likely to be yelling at me to tell you about the engine, I am obliged. The LT6 5.5 liter dual overhead cam V8 is naturally suctioned and features a flat plane crank and 8,600 rpm red line, dry sump oil system, short stroke, aluminum cylinder block, aluminum pistons and forged titanium connecting rod. Active split intake manifold with twin 87mm throttle body, 4: 2: 1 stainless steel exhaust header, 670 horsepower and 460 lb-ft torque output.
Available carbon fiber aero packages add a larger front splitter and underbody aero strake, as well as a pedestal-based rear wing and front corner dive plane.
Cars focused on modern trucks include electronic assist devices, and the Z06 is no exception, with launch control, electronic limited slip differential, and performance traction management.
Production is expected to begin next summer in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and the Vette will be rolled out globally as both left-hand drive and right-hand drive versions will be manufactured.
Chevrolet didn’t list the price in the press release, but we bet if it’s close to six digits to get started.
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2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Brings Trucks to the Street
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