The Chevy Corvette is a national treasure. It's one of the last American-made production sports cars featuring a naturally aspirated high-performance V8 and is also one of the only affordable supercars, continuing to push the boundaries of performance without pushing the boundaries on your wallet. The popular sports car has made amazing strides in advancements over the years throughout each generation leading up to the release of the 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06.
The Z06 has been a standout addition to the Corvette nameplate dating back to 1963. Since then, the Z06 has been a staple in the Corvette's illustrious history throughout the years, periodically appearing as a special performance-tuned iteration for select model years. The 2023 Chevy Corvette was honored to receive an updated version of the high-performance model, featuring all-new engineering, advancements, and capabilities for both on-road travel and on-track racing.
The 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 is available in three different trims, including the 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ. If the base Z06 somehow doesn't offer enough high-end, track-ready performance for you, the special Z07 Performance Package is available, with additional styling and tuning for those who want a race-ready Corvette with additional suspension modifications and aerodynamic alterations. The Z06 represents an amazing breakthrough in the advancements of American sports car engineering and sets the bar much higher than it's ever been before.
Representing the pinnacle of American automotive engineering, the 2023 Corvette Z06 is powered by an all-new naturally aspirated 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 engine known as the small-block LT6. What this means is that it combines many of the hallmarks that make American muscle cars powerful with some of the sleek and refined engineering found in European exotics to give the Corvette Z06 an elegant growl in the upper-rev range.
The 5.5-liter V8 tucked into the Z06 is a mid-engine design. It's not entirely in the rear of the vehicle like some other European supercars, nor is it taking up large amounts of space in the front of the vehicle like traditional American muscle cars. Instead, the Z06's compact V8 is in the middle of the car to maximize output through the dual-clutch, 8-speed transmission that has a shorter final gear ratio to reach max speed quicker. Don't worry; those who prefer controlling the maximum engine output of the Z06 with expert shifting can put the vehicle in manual mode and use side paddles on the steering wheel to shift up and down as needed.
The new V8 produces a very impressive 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. With the double overhead camshaft design, 10-quart dry-sump oil system, and reinforced intake and exhaust setup, the 2023 Corvette Z06 is engineered to maximize all of the power it generates, keep the engine running efficiently, and put as much power to the ground as possible. How quickly can it put the power down, you ask? Well, it can reach 60 miles per hour in just 2.6 seconds. This is quite impressive for a vehicle that isn't relying on turbochargers, superchargers, or additional propulsion aid from a hybrid system. It's all-natural in the Corvette.
To help with keeping the vehicle stable while maintaining its lightning-quick speeds, the Corvette Z06 trims have all been fitted with an electronic limited-slip differential to better utilize the vehicle's high-torque output for maximum grip while cornering. Tight turns at high Gs can put a lot of stress on the vehicle and the driver, but every Z06 trim is fitted with automatic magnetic ride control. What this means is that the Z06 utilizes adaptive magnetorheological damping so that the shocks electronically stiffen or soften based on the road conditions while also directly adjusting the ride height and stability. This provides the smoothest ride possible, centered entirely around the performance capabilities of the 20223 Chevy Corvette Z06.
Lots of technological advancements have made their way into the performance capabilities of the 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06. Features such as the active handling systems via StabiliTrak and Launch Control mean that drivers are in control of the Corvette at all times, from the moment you hit the push-button ignition to the moment you engage the Brembo brakes. But the tech extends beyond the way the newest model year Corvette performs on the road and the track. A lot of the tech also extends to the way the vehicle feels, the comfort it provides, the safety it employs, and the infotainment it harbors.
At the top end of the interior tech is the Driver Mode Selector. This nifty feature allows you to easily alter the way the Z06 handles, whether it be on the road or on the track. A simple knob lets you select the mode that best suits your driving habits, and the interior is adorned with carbon fiber trimming to make it easy to separate the usable buttons from the panel decorations.
You can easily sync to your smartphone by utilizing Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support, along with taking advantage of the Bluetooth connectivity for voice-activated controls. The 8.0-inch HD color touchscreen also makes it easy to browse your favorite in-car apps and vehicle health information through the large-screen console display.
All of the trims come standard with automatic rear parking assistance, tire pressure monitoring, and the HD rear vision camera system. The 2LZ and 3LZ trims come with the front and rear HD vision cameras with front curb view, along with blind-spot monitoring with side blind zone and rear cross-traffic alerts. All trims also come standard with a windshield heads-up display unit for additional vehicle health data and telematics.
The C8 Corvette Z06 is an exquisite automotive beauty. Due to the mid-engine design placement, the entire exterior has been reworked, with a frunk (front trunk) and a small rear storage compartment behind the engine. The coupe can also be turned into a partial convertible with an easily removable hard-top roof that can be stored in the rear compartment. The C8 Corvette Z06 also has a more modern and exotic guise, with a body design that has been widened by 3.6-inches compared to the standard C8 Stingray. Some of its unique characteristics and elegance have been borrowed from rival European hypercars, yet it still retains an overall design language that screams all-American sports car.
The front of the vehicle is highlighted with all sorts of charming bends and angled points, focusing on the Corvette's strong appeal to look as aerodynamic as it performs. Similar angles help accentuate a consistency in the exterior allure of the vehicle. The sharpened rear fascia from the C7 generation has been done away with for a more flowing curvature that spans the entire silhouette of the C8 Z06. The arrow-cupped rear lights wrap around from the back to the rear side panels, while the lower valence houses a quartet of perfectly aligned exhaust pipes.
The optional carbon fiber trim isn't limited to just the cabin. The outside also makes use of carbon fiber with the Z07 Package, which comes with a lightweight carbon fiber rear spoiler, a carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber dive planes, and carbon fiber underbody strakes to help enhance downforce, making the Z07 a perfect high-speed cornering machine. The package also includes Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and special Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires engineered exclusively for the Z06.
The very large sport tires are fitted to the 21-inch carbon fiber wheels, the largest wheels for a production Corvette to date and some of the lightest wheels for an American sports car, freeing up 41 pounds of unsprung mass. The Z07 Package also includes specially tuned FE7 suspension, including unique calibrations made to the Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 system to offer even stiffer damping so that you never lose control in the turns, so long as the tires have grip and you keep your hands firmly on the steering wheel. In fact, with the Z07 Package, the car is capable of achieving 1.22 G worth of lateral grip.
The 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 is truly a remarkable machine, whether on paper or in person. With the available coupe and convertible options, the Z07 Performance Package, the 12 different exterior colors, seven customizable wheel packages, seven interior colors, and six different brake caliper colors, the Z06 is as configurable as it is fast. Discerning drivers looking for a high-end American-made supercar without the supercar price will find plenty to salivate over with the incomparable 2023 Corvette Z06.