Just looking at the specs is enough to show that the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is an absolute monster on the track. Watching him lap Laguna Seca brings this point even more. In this video, Speed Phenomenon The YouTube channel got a special chance to ride the gun with Ron Fellows as he took the new Z06 on some hot laps around the circuit.
The first part of the video is Speed Phenom walking around the Z06 and looking at some of the more interesting details. The car wears carbon fiber wheels with track-focused Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, which become practically slippery after a few laps. There is also a demonstration of the car’s exhaust mode.
The video above begins as the driving recording begins. Before the action starts, a warning says that Fellows are just having fun and not trying to set up a quick spin. Although a disclaimer. It looks like Fellows isn’t running every gear into the engine’s red line, but he’s not that easy to drive a car either.
Speed Phenom gets into the passenger seat after a warm-up lap with only Fellows in the car. He had a lot of fun, including sliding the Z06 and laughing at one point.
The Z06 sounds amazing. The engine screams at high rpm, and the exhaust pops as the gear shifts down.
The driving impression of the new Z06 is still under embargo. Fellows and Speed Phenom got out of the car with big smiles.
The Z06 2023 Coupe starts at $106,395 after a $1,395 destination fee. The 2LZ trim takes the cost to $115,595, and the top-range 3LZ is $120,245. The vehicle is also available as a convertible for $113,895, $122,595, and $127,245 for its class, respectively.
All models are equipped with the LT6 5.5 liter V8 which has a flat crankshaft. Peak power of 670 horsepower (500 kilowatts) arrives at 8,400 rpm, and the redline is 8,600 rpm. Peak torque is 460 pound-feet (624 Newton-meters) from 6,300 rpm.
For an in-depth look at the Z06 from the model’s debut, check out this episode Chatting About Cars broadcast: