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The Mid-Engined Supercar Is Currently Testing At The Nurburging

2023 C8 Corvette Z06 C8.R Le Mans LT6 Reveal
Image via Chevrolet.

What are you doing October 26, 2021? Is it important? Is it important as the debut of GM’s most daring and aggressive supercar it’s ever built? We’re talking about the 2023 Corvette Z06, of course. Yes, Chevrolet has officially announced the reveal date of the C8 Corvette Z06, but we’re so far not privy to other details. That said, the new Z06 has been busy lately. Finally, the car has made it to the Nürburgring for testing, and it was accompanied by a film crew. Then it made its way to Le Mans, where Corvette Racing and the C8.R will participate in the grueling 24 hour race taking place Saturday, August 20 through Sunday, August 21. Take a look at the teaser video below.

2023 Corvette Z06 Details

The crown jewel of the C8 Corvette Z06 will be its engine: a flat-plane crank 5.5L DOHC V8 engine with an 8,000+ RPM redline. It promises to be the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine ever, with expectations of around 600-620 horsepower. This is an extreme departure from the Small Block V8-based powertrains that we’re used to, and the first DOHC V8 in a Corvette since the C4 Corvette ZR1, which was made possible at the time thanks to the aid of both Lotus and Mercury Marine.

The engine architecture is being testing in the Corvette Racing C8.R in real time. Considering that it won the 2020 IMSA championship last year, the LT6 seems to be ready for whatever race track that C8 Z06 customers care to drive it to.

First reported by MC&T and confirmed by both spy photos and the latest video, we know that the 2023 C8 Corvette Z06 will come equipped with a center exit exhaust, some serious aero upgrades, and a set of massive Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R tires. All around, it should bring the performance of the Corvette to a whole new level.

Stay tuned on October 26 for more.

2023 Corvette C8 Z06 Logo
2023 Corvette Z06 Logo. Image via Chevrolet.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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