The Chevrolet Corvette has long held a place of honour among American-built sports cars, but its front engine design has held it back from being a true icon along the lines of Ferrari and Lamborghini. However, Chevy is looking to change that with the new mid-engine 2023 Corvette Z06.
With all-new technology, the Z06 is purpose-built to dominate the track. Featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 in production, the Z06 is a testament to unrelenting craftsmanship and Chevrolet's drive to create better and more enticing vehicles. This is the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
Design and Features
The first mid-engine Corvette Z06 is a more hardcore, track-focused version of the standard Corvette, benefiting from bolder styling cues and serious performance attributes. On the design side, the exterior of the Z06 is striking. It is wider in all areas than the Stingray, including the fenders, quarter panels, and fascias, resulting in a form that is as commanding as it is functional. Other standard design features include ground effects and a spoiler that optimizes aerodynamic drag and powertrain cooling efficiency. There are also eight wheel options, available front dive planes, and optional carbon fiber wings.
The interior of the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is as personal as it is futuristic. The design transcends anything found on other Chevy models, curving around the driver for a personalized and comfortable feel. While the cabin layout caters to the driver, passengers are also surrounded in comfort thanks to the long list of standard and optional features.
A digital gauge cluster, head-up display, heated and ventilated seats, and wireless phone charging can all be had on the Z06. The multilayered dashboard is home to an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a Bose audio system.
Powertrain and Performance
Here is everything you need to know about the power and performance offered by the Z06:
- 670 horsepower
- 2.6-second acceleration from 0 to 96 km/h
- 1.22G lateral G-force
All of this is accomplished by a special engine that was purpose-built for the Corvette Z06. It is a naturally aspirated 5.5-litre V8 that features a flat-plane crank and revs to 8600 rpm. This unconventional V8 is hooked with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.
Not only can the Z06 rocket you forward, but it also offers superb stopping power. This is a car with serious braking ability, which is provided by the standard six-piston front/four-piston rear brakes. You can also opt for the available carbon ceramic brakes that provide state-of-the-art braking performance for track demands.
To truly unlock the Corvette Z06's full potential, there is an optional Z07 package that adds aerodynamic elements, reduces weight, and further upgrades the brakes and tires.
The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is available in three trim levels--1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ--each of which can be designed as a coupe or convertible.
The Z06 1LZ includes:
- A removeable roof panel (coupe) or retractable hardtop (convertible)
- Bose premium 10-speaker audio system
- Colour head-up display
- 8-way power GT1 seats
- Power tilt and telescopic steering column
- Rear Park Assist
- Rear Vision Camera
The Z06 2LZ builds upon the 1LZ with:
- Bose 15-speaker audio system
- Heated and ventilated seats with lumbar/wing adjust
- Connected navigation and performance data recorder
- Driver and passenger seat memory settings
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Side Blind Zone Alert
The Z06 3LZ is the top-of-the-line model and includes high-end features such as:
- 8 interior colour options
- Suede microfibre upper interior trim
- GT2 seats with Napa leather and carbon-fibre trim
- Steering wheel with carbon-fibre trim and shift paddles
- Custom leather-wrapped instrument panel and doors
The Z06 is also available with a special Corvette 70th Anniversary package, which celebrates seven decades of the quintessential North American sports car. It offers unique design options including, but not limited to unique exterior colours, unique ceramic white leather interior with red stitching and red seat belts, 70th Anniversary badging inside and out, and more.
Chevrolet announced the all-new 2023 Corvette Z06 in October of 2021, slotting this next-level performance model into the latest eighth-generation Corvette lineup. Production is expected to begin in late spring or early summer of 2022 (rumor has the start date as mid-May).
Here are some quick FAQs if you are still on the fence about the Corvette Z06's power and prominence.
What does Z06 stand for?
The Z06 code dates to the early days (1960s) of the Chevrolet Corvette when legendary chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov created a special package of features so he could race and win with a Corvette on the track. The Z06 was first offered as an option package in 1963 and has been featured in many of the Corvette's production generations ever since.
What motor is in the Corvette Z06?
A 5.5-litre V8 powers the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with 670 horsepower and 2.6-second 0-to-96 km/h acceleration.
Does the Corvette Z06 have a removable top?
No, the convertible versions of the 2023 Corvette Z06 feature a retractable hardtop, not a removable one.