The Chevrolet Corvette has always been a racing car for all of us. Today America's largest automaker unveiled what is perhaps the purest expression of that idea it has ever built. The all-new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2023 uses the same engine as the Chevy racing team – but the civilian version is more powerful. This engine would violate the rules of most of the races in which the Corvette Racing team competes.
Since its introduction in 1953, the Corvette has been America's largest automaker's dream car. But for most of their lives, Corvette engineers took a completely different approach to building a fast car than those who made some of the fastest cars in the world.
The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
That has changed for the 2020 model year. Chevy brought the world a mid-engined Corvette Stingray. Something that looked like it belonged next to McLarens and Lamborghinis, with its big engine behind the driver. But it came with a price tag that, in some cases, was hundreds of thousands less.
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The Z06 continues this theme. We don't yet know the starting price of the Z06. But past editions have run about $ 25,000 more than the base Corvette. That would put the price of the 2023 Z06 a little under $ 90,000.
Still, it carries an engine you would expect in a car that is three times the price.
Chevy calls it “the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 in automotive history”. A 5.5 liter flat plane crank V8, an engine rarely built by American automakers. It only reaches the redline at an astonishing 8,600 rpm (these racing versions are limited to 7,600 rpm). It has an output of 670 hp and directs the power to the rear wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The combination, says Chevy, gives it a supercar time from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds.
The Corvette Z06
It produces a very different sound than any previous Corvette. With its high-revving scream, it sounds more like a Formula 1 car than the thunder-of-the-gods rumble of past Z06 models. The engineers designed the body so that the sound was directed forward into the cabin so that the driver can enjoy this howl of death.
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Standard 6-piston front / 4-piston rear brakes help bring it to a stop. Available carbon-ceramic brakes should enable even faster stops for an additional charge.
The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
The ’Vette already had an exotic car look, but Chevy set the dial to 11 for the Z06. New side air scoops behind the doors are being reshaped and painted in contrasting colors. A new front splitter should help to keep the front wheels on track. A removable panel in the front apron enables drivers to increase downforce for the track day.
Wider fenders, side panels and bezels set it apart from the standard Stingray.
A discreet rear spoiler is standard and comes with "removable track braids" so owners can increase downforce at the rear if they want.
The Z06 comes standard with 20-inch aluminum wheels at the front and 21-inch rear wheels.
Like many cars this year, the Z06 will be a rare find.
The nickname Z06 always meant a race-bred & # 39; Vette. But an optional Z07 package is available. It adds a carbon fiber rear wing, lighter carbon fiber wheels, and carbon-ceramic brakes. The chassis and the magnetic driving control have been retuned for more route-oriented handling. The Z07 drives on a unique Michelin
Cup 2 R ZP tires.
Available with hand-wound red leather cockpit
Inside, the Z06's cabin is very similar to that of the standard Corvette. Buyers can tell it apart with the available carbon fiber steering wheel, paddle shifters, and cabin accents.
Or they opt for a new interior that is completely covered in adrenaline red leather.
Not about sales volume
Corvettes were rare at dealerships even before the microchip shortage that made many vehicles scarce this year. The Z06 is likely to be an even rarer sighting.
But the race-bred Corvette is more important to what it proves than how many garages it finds its way into. General Motors
has shown that if no limits are set, its designers can build something as quickly and beautifully as any European exotic car, and at less than half the price.
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Done right, the new Corvette Z06 should help Chevy sell many non-Corvette vehicles. This one seems to be done right.
This story originally ran on KBB.com.