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Z06 C8: New Performance and Value Standards

2023 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06

GM had already made a significant statement with the introduction of the 2020 mid engine Corvette C8.

It would speak even louder with the 2023 Corvette Z06.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 In Amplify Orange Tint
2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in Silver Flare Metallic
Everybody agrees that the big news came from the engine compartment. But there is still a fair amount on the exterior that makes the C8 Corvette Z06 special.
2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 wishbone side intake trim The most obvious Z06 visual distinction is the trim piece that surrounds the side air intake; its affectionately known as the wishbone.
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The C8 Z06 is 3.6 inches (9.4 cm) wider than the Stingray, which can be thought of as the standard Corvette. The wider body accommodates massive 345-series rear tires - a necessity considering the 670 hp engine output. The wider body also provides more airflow through the side air vents.

2023 Corvette C8 Z06 Michelin Cup 2 Tire
Wheels and tires include 20 x 10-inch (50.8 x 25.4 cm) front wheels with 275/30ZR20 tires and 21 x 13-inch (53.3 x 33 cm) rear wheels, used with 345/25ZR21 tires.
2023 Corvette C8 Z06 Michelin Cup 2 Tire Width 2023 Corvette C8 Z06 Michelin Cup 2 Tire

Left: There is some serious rear tire width on the C8 Z06. The 13 inch wide wheel is the largest GM has put on a Corvette; previously the largest was found on the 2019 ZR1 which featured a 12 inch wheel.

Michelin® Pilot Sport 4S ZP tires are standard, with Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires included with the available Z07 package.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon Fiber Wheel More Corvette firsts: A carbon fiber wheel measuring 21 inches - both Corvette firsts - is available on the C8 Corvette Z06. They're available with the Z07 Package and are good for a 41-pound (18.6 kg) reduction in unsprung mass.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 With Z07 Package

For Serious Track Days

The available Z07 package includes a carbon fiber aero package with larger front splitter, front-corner dive planes, a rear wing (above) and underbody strakes that enhance downforce. According to GM, the wing provides 734 pounds of downforce at 186 mph, more than any previous Corvette. Additional features include a unique FE7 suspension with specific v4.0 Magnetic Ride Control.

Also included: Larger Brembo® carbon ceramic brake system featuring larger, 15.7-inch-diameter (398 mm) front rotors and 15.4-inch-diameter (391 mm) rear rotors.

According to GM, when equipped with the Z07 performance package in the track prepared configuration on a 300-foot diameter circle, the Z06 is capable of 1.22 g of road-hugging grip.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 With Z07 Package

2015 Corvette Z06 Smoked Tail Lights 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Tail Lights
The C7 Z06 and ZR1 (left) got distinctive smoke tail lights but for whatever reason, the C8 Z06 is not similarly equipped.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Four Pipe Center Exhaust
To the delight of many Corvette fans, the Z06 exhaust ended up in the center as opposed to the ends as in the Stingray.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Interior Adrenaline Red 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Interior Adrenaline Red
The C8 Corvette Z06 interior is essentially the same as the C8 Stingray; Exceptions include Z06 emblems on the speaker housing (below left) and the steering wheel.
2023 Corvette Z06 Interior Speaker Housing 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Center Console Controls

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 HTC HardTop Convertible

The C8 Corvette Z06 is available as an HTC (Hard Top Convertible). Since the introduction of the C7, GM has had a policy of not restricting Corvette to certain options based on a given model. Previously it was common for transmissions, engines and body configurations to be limited in certain areas; for example Z06 Corvettes of C6 and earlier generations were equipped with manual only transmissions.

GM quotes a 0 - 60 MPH time of 2.6 seconds and a 1/4 mile time of 10.6 seconds.

So far, pricing and top speed for the 2023 Corvette Z06 has not been announced.

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