Chevy Corvette Z06 2023 Review, Price and Specs

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The 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 elevates the iconic nameplate to territory occupied by exotics from Ferrari and Lamborghini. With the engine now located behind the driver, it looks nothing like the Z06 seen before. Not only is it much wider than the regular Corvette Stingray, it also boasts larger air intakes and a unique rear wing. Thanks to a flat-plane crankshaft, the Z06’s naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 also didn’t like any Vette that came before it and it blasted the car to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds on our test track. Despite inheriting the best in facilities and technology from the Stingray, its performance and handling have been improved and honed. Chevy switched to a mid-engine layout to make the C8 Corvette a supercar that more people could afford, and the 2023 Corvette Z06 promises to embarrass more than a few people who drive very expensive supercars when they meet at the racetrack.

What’s New in 2023?

The first mid-engine Corvette Z06 went into production in the summer of 2022 and was launched as the 2023 model. As is tradition, the Z06 is a more hardcore, track-focused version of the standard Vette, complete with bolder styling cues and serious performance attributes.

Price and Where to Buy

The new Corvette Z06’s six-figure starting price isn’t surprising given the car’s performance attributes, but it’s still very cheap compared to European supercars with similar equipment. We’ll use the base 1LZ Coupe but we’ll add the Z07 Performance package, which adds tuned suspension, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and high-performance Michelin Pilot Cup 2R ZP tires. Opting for this package also requires the addition of the Carbon Aero package, which adds carbon fiber exterior elements including a front splitter and rear spoiler.

Engine, Transmission and Performance

The new Corvette Z06 received a special engine that made it sound similar to the supercar it was trying to take down. The naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 has a flat-plane crank and spins at up to 8600 rpm. The engine produces 670 horsepower and has a Ferrari-like howl that will give anyone goosebumps. The unconventional V-8 is connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Performance is explosive and on our test track the Z06 sped to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds and cruised through the quarter mile mark in 10.5 seconds at 131 mph. A set of wider, stickier tires and more powerful brakes help it make harder corners and shorter stops than the regular Vette. Chevy has also strengthened the structure of the Corvette and revamped the chassis to ensure the Z06’s performance advantages are most clearly seen on the racetrack. To unlock its full potential, there’s an optional Z07 package that adds aerodynamic elements, reduces weight and further improves brakes and tires. The car comes standard with 20-inch front forged aluminum wheels and 21-inch rear, but a set of lighter and stronger carbon fiber rollers is optional.

Real World Fuel Economy and MPG

The EPA estimates that the Z06 should deliver 12 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. When we get the chance, we’ll take the Z06 on our 75-mph highway fuel economy test route and update this story with real-world results. For more information on the Corvette Z06 fuel economy, visit EPA website.

Interior, Comfort and Cargo

The Bow Tie brand goes above and beyond and ensures that the interior of the mid-engine Corvette cannot be called boring. While the design definitely goes beyond what’s found on every other Chevy model, the square steering wheel and wall of climate control buttons on the center console are unusual elements, to say the least. However, the cabin layout caters to the driver, and the list of standard and optional features is extensive. This includes a digital gauge cluster, a heads-up display, heated and ventilated seats, and even wireless phone charging. Trackworthiness is made more clear on the inside with microsuede accents and more aggressive upholstery and two carbon fiber-intensive interior packages. The spacious rear trunk of the Corvette should continue to provide space for the driver to carry two sets of golf clubs.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Tucked into the Corvette’s multi-layered dashboard is an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Wi-Fi hotspots. Likewise, two separate Bose stereos are expected to be offered: a standard 10-speaker system and an optional 14-speaker setup. The Z06 also offers a Performance Data Recorder (PDR), which lets you record video of everything from track exploits to relaxing country road cruises. And if you dare to leave your Z06 with the valet, there are settings that track malicious activity that the car parker might attempt.

Safety Features and Driver Assistance

While the regular Corvette Stingray only offers a few driver-assist technologies, those features are also available on the Z06. For more information on crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website. Key security features include:

  • Standard rear parking sensor
  • Multi-view camera system available
  • Blind-spot monitor and rear traffic warning available

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Chevy provides all of its models with a limited warranty and a mid-range powertrain. While the company offers more free maintenance than automakers who skip free service altogether, it’s one of the shortest plans in the industry.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Free maintenance is covered for the first visit

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