The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 raises the venerable nameplate into class with exotics from Lamborghini and Ferrari. It appears unlike any other Z06 because the engine is now behind the driver. It is not only significantly wider than the standard Corvette Stingray, but it also has a distinctive rear wing and larger air intake. The new Z06’s compression ignition 5.5-liter V-8 doesn’t operate like any Vette before thanks to a flat-plane crankshaft, and it accelerated the vehicle to 60 mph on our test track in just 2.6 seconds.
The Stingray’s best features and technology are carried over, but its performance, as well as handling, have been improved. Chevy changed to a mid-engine design to create a supercar with the C8 Corvette. Chevy went to a mid-engine design to make the C8 Corvette an affordable supercar, and the 2023 Corvette Z06 is expected to make quite a few drivers of exorbitantly priced supercars seem foolish when they cross paths at a racetrack.
Chevy Corvette C8 Z06 What has changed for 2023?
In the summer of 2022, the first mid-engine Corvette Z06 entered production and debuted in 2023. The Z06, in keeping with history, is a more extreme, track-oriented version of the regular Vette, complete with edgier aesthetic cues and significant performance features. Given the new Corvette Z06’s performance capabilities, its six-figure starting price is not surprising, but it is still a steal when compared to comparable European supercars. The Z07 Performance option, which includes a tuned suspension, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, and powerful Michelin Pilot Cup 2R ZP tires, is what we would choose in addition to the base 1LZ Coupe. The Carbon Aero option, which includes a front splitter as well as a rear spoiler made of carbon fiber, is also necessary when choosing this package.
Performance – Engine, Transmission, and Other
A unique engine is added to the 2019 Corvette Z06, giving it a sound reminiscent of the supercars it’s attempting to unseat. Its 5.5-liter flat-plane crank, naturally aspirated V-8 engine can reach 8500 rpm. The engine has a Ferrari-like roar and a 670 horsepower output that will make passersby tremble. Rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are mated to the unusual V-8. At our test track, the Z06 rocketed to 60 mph within only 2.6 seconds and sped through into the quarter-mile mark at 131 mph in 10.5 seconds. It can turn harder and stop quicker than the standard Vette thanks to a pair of wider, lumpier tires and stronger brakes. In order to make sure that the Z06’s main focus is most noticeable on the racetrack, Chevy has also reinforced the Corvette’s structure and modified the chassis.
There is a Z07 package that is available to maximize performance and adds aerodynamic components, decrease weight, and improve the brakes as well as tires even further. 20-inch front and 21-inch rear forging aluminum wheels are standard on the vehicle, but a pair of stronger and lighter carbon-fiber wheels are available as an option.
Chevy Corvette C8 Z06 Fuel efficiency and actual MPG
The Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck appears inefficient when compared to the Z06’s EPA fuel efficiency estimations of 12 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. When we have a chance, we’ll test the fuel economy of the Z06 on our 75 mph highway route and then update this article with the results.
Chevy Corvette C8 Z06 Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
To ensure that the interior of the mid-engine Corvette could not be described as boring, the Bow Tie brand went above and beyond. The square steering wheel with a wall of climate control buttons here on the center console are odd features, to say the least, even though the design undoubtedly goes beyond what is featured on every other Chevy model. The arrangement of cabin is still designed with the driver in mind, and there is a long list of both standard and optional amenities.
It has a head-up display, warmed and ventilated seats, a digital instrument cluster, and then even cordless phone charging. Inside, microsuede accents, forcefully bolstered seats, two carbon fiber-heavy interior kits, and other features highlight its track-worthiness. Drivers should continue to be able to carry two sets of golf clubs in the Corvette’s roomy rear trunk.
Chevy Corvette C8 Z06 Connectivity and Information
The multilevel dashboard of the Corvette houses an 8.0-inch smart play infotainment system. It has a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Bose stereos with a standard 10-speaker system as well as an optional 14-speaker system are also anticipated to be available separately. The Performance Data Recorder (PDR), another feature of the Z06, lets you record videos of your track exploits as well as leisurely country road cruises. There is a feature that maintains track of any shady acts the car parker might try if you dare try your Z06 with a valet.