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At 2.6 Seconds, The New Z06 Beats All Of Its Ancestors

2023 C8 Corvette Z06 Z07 Package
Image via Chevrolet

The 2023 Corvette Z06 0-60 time is just 2.6 seconds with the mighty Z07 package, according to a report from Road & Track. This makes the new Z06 the quickest Corvette ever, far and away, and one of the quickest accelerating RWD cars of all time.

By comparison, the 755 horsepower C7 Corvette ZR1 accelerates from 0-60 in a scant 2.85 seconds. Meanwhile, the C8 Z06’s little brother, the 495 hp Stingray Z51, is officially rated to accelerate from 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. Outside of GM, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, The 992 Porsche 911 GT3 in 3.2 seconds, and the Ferrari F8 Tributo in 2.9 seconds.

A new Z06 would walk all of them.

2023 C8 Corvette Z06 Chevrolet Z07 Package
Image via Chevrolet

The 0-60 record setter for RWD production gasoline cars remains the Dodge Demon from 2017, which did the deed in 2.1-seconds, when fully prepped. Absurd. Meanwhile, the Tesla Model S Plaid takes advantage of AWD and instantaneous torque to rocket from 0-60 in just 1.98 seconds, to hold the overall quickness title.

The C8 Corvette Z06 utilizes the latest in traction management control systems and software, an electronically limited slip differential, a unique 8-speed DCT calibration, and radically adhesive Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires to achieve such a quick acceleration times.

The 2023 Corvette Z06 Driver Mode Selector is shared with the Stingray, and helps put 670 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque to the pavement from its 5.5L DOHC V8 LT6 engine through the following ways:

  • Launch control: Available in Track mode for maximum off-the-line acceleration
  • Active handling (StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control): Z06 has performance traction management standard
  • Traction control: Weather mode tailors traction control and engine torque for driving in inclement conditions
  • Performance Traction Management: Available in Track mode and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving
  • Electronic Limited Slip Differential: Adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages to balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions

The 2023 Corvette Z06 will begin production the summer of 2022, and will be sold globally in both RHD and LHD configurations, as well as coupe and convertible bodystyles. Hopefully we’ll see a Nurburgring time by then, too.

LT6 5.5L DOHC Flat Plane Crank V8
LT6 V8 Engine. Image via GM.

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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