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 intakes. The new Z06’s naturally aspirated 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 and handling have been improved. 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.
What has changed for 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06?
In summer 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.
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 in just 2.6 seconds and sped through 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, stickier tires and stronger brakes.
In order to make sure that the Z06’s performance advantages are most noticeable on the racetrack, Chevy has also strengthened the Corvette’s structure and modified the chassis. There is a Z07 package that is available to maximize performance and adds aerodynamic components, decreases weight, and improves the brakes and tires even further. 20-inch front and 21-inch rear forged aluminum wheels are standard on the vehicle, but a pair of stronger and lighter carbon-fiber wheels is available as an option.
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 update this article with the results.
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. Even if the style differs significantly from that of any other Chevy model, the square steering wheel and wall of weather patterns buttons on the center console are, to put it mildly, odd features. The arrangement of the 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 projection, heated and ventilated seats, a digital instrument cluster, and even wireless phone charging. Inside, microsuede accents, forcefully bolstered seats, two carbon fiber-heavy interior kits, and other features highlight its track-worthiness.
Connectivity and Information
The multilevel dashboard of the Corvette houses an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It has a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Bose stereos with a standard 10-speaker system and 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 leave your Z06 with a valet.
Features for Driver Assistance and Safety
Although the Z06 also has these amenities, the ordinary Corvette Stingray only has a small number of driver-assistance features. Visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for further details regarding its crash-test findings. Important safety elements include:
- Typical back parking sensors
- a multi-view camera system is available.
- Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning are optional.
Coverage for Warranties and Maintenance
Chevy offers a powertrain and limited warranty that is about average for the industry. Although the company provides more free maintenance than manufacturers who forego the free service entirely, it is one of the industry’s shortest such plans.
- Three years or 36,000 miles are covered by the limited warranty.
- Five years or 60,000 miles are covered by the powertrain warranty.
- The initial visit is covered by free maintenance.