2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Shown, Specs to Come

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Chevrolet’s Corvette Z06 will be revealed in full on October 26. In advance of that, the brand has put out the first official image.

This follows a teaser video from July.

What we can see from the image is a new wheel design and larger air intakes, along with different body work. The larger intakes feed what everyone thinks will be a street version of the 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 from the racing Corvette. Motor Authority thinks it will make 625 horsepower and 485 lb-ft of torque in street application and mate to an 8-speed automatic transmission, possibly a dual-clutch.

No manual appears to be on offer. Sad, but not unexpected given that the “base” car doesn’t have one, either.

The redline is reported at 9,000 rpm.

Other mechanicals include a wider stance to accommodate 345 mm wide rear tires. Prototypes spotted in the wild have had 275 mm fronts, and some were shod with Michelin Sport Cup 2 R tires, according to MA.

Inside, there might be different steering-wheel buttons for Z06-specific drive modes, some carbon fiber trim and/or accents, and a racetrack layout for the gauges.

As we said, the full monty comes to light Oct. 26.

[Image: Chevrolet]

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Stuki Stuki on Sep 29, 2021

    That sucker will be fast.... In the Gulf States, 345s on the streets may even make some sort of sense....

    • El scotto El scotto on Sep 29, 2021

      mmmmm smooth flat roads in a state where snow shovels are special order.

  • Ajla Ajla on Sep 29, 2021

    I feel bad for the C7 Z06. It's going to be the Halloween 6 of that badge.

  • Dal20402 Dal20402 on Sep 29, 2021

    Flat plane? Whatever. Those forged wheels are the reason to want it.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Sep 29, 2021

    When does the Fleetside model become available?