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Crank The Volume To Listen To The High Revving, Piercing, Flat Plane Crank V8

2023 Corvette Z06 C8 Chevrolet LT6 Supercar

Soon the peaceful emptiness of a quiet backroad will be assaulted by the howling scream of the LT6 V8 engine chambered into the rear cavity of the 2023 Corvette Z06. And while there has been no shortage of leaks, spy shots and videos capturing and confirming the engine sound of a flat-plane crank V8, this is the first time Chevrolet has gone to confirm it. And it’s almost two years to the day exactly when the C8 Corvette Stingray was officially revealed. We’re now turning the page on the next chapter of Chevrolet Performance. And it’s teased in the video just below:

2023 Corvette Z06: Details And Expectations

The 2023 Corvette Z06 completely rethinks everything previously seen from the nameplate. It’s the first midship Z06, and it’s the first flat-plane crank V8 Z06. While details haven’t been made official yet, the C8 Corvette Z06 will be exclusively rear-wheel-drive, and will send all of the power from its LT6 V8 to those rear wheels via a Tremec dual-clutch 8-speed transmission as we currently see in the Stingray.

MC&T can also confirm that the 2023 Corvette Z06 will utilize Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires; the same make utilized on the $400,000 Porsche 911 GT2 RS that has been seen trailing Z06 prototypes in benchmark testing. The C8 Corvette Z06 is also expected to feature a unique exhaust system, routing gasses to a center exit. We’re told that the positioning is intended to amplify the high-revving pitch of the LT6 engine.

Of which, the new DOHC flat-plane crank V8 is expected to be the most powerful naturally-aspirated eight-cylinder engine ever produced by any automaker, topping out somewhere between 600 and 620 horsepower. Corvette enthusiasts may scoff at the fact that projected output is less than that of the LT4-powered supercharged V8 of the C7 Corvette Z06, but the C8 Z06 is expected to make much more use of that power through record levels of downforce, superior tire grip, and optimal weight distribution. Around a road course, such as Circuit of the Americas where the teaser video was shot, the 2023 Z06 should shame any previous iteration of Corvette before it.

The full reveal of the 2023 Corvette Z06 is expected to take place in the fall of 2021.

2023 C8 Z06 Corvette Chevrolet C8 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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