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THIS IS 2023 CORVETTE Z06, BUT NOT IN ITS ULTIMATE FORM

Chevy Has Ripped The Tape Off The C8 Z06

2023 C8 Corvette Z06 Photo Without Z07 Package Horsepower Torque LT6 V8 DOHC Engine
Image via Chevrolet

With all of the photos, videos, and convoy chasing of the 2023 Corvette Z06, it was impossible for Chevrolet to really keep the design of the upcoming supercar much of a secret. Plus, the prototype stalking was approaching borderline harassment. So, on Monday, September 27, Chevrolet decided to just rip the tape off and show the people what they want. However, keen observers may notice that this is more of the base model, and is absent of the mighty Z07 package.

2023 Corvette Z06 With The Z07 Package: Details

The 2023 Corvette Z06 with the Z07 Package was spotted multiple times on public roads here in America, and at the infamous Nürburgring in Germany during industry pool testing. It’s easily identified by its contoured rear wing, and is sure to have an upgraded set of brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R tires and other aerodynamic pieces of kit to go with it. Pricing on the Z07 package is not yet known, but the package cost as much as $7,995 USD on the C7 Z06 during its final model year. Considering the bar that the C8 Corvette Z06 will undoubtedly raise, we could assume that the Z07 Package would also command more of a premium than we’ve seen before.

The 2023 Corvette Z06 will officially debut, with much more photos, plus the official specs, come October 26. We understand the C8 Z06 to have a flat-plane DOHC V8 engine nestled behind the cabin, regardless of if it has the Z07 Package or not. Total horsepower and torque numbers should come in between 600-620 horsepower. Indeed, less than the 650 hp supercharged LT4 that was in the C7 Z06, but the C8 Corvette Z06 has the potential to be the most powerful atmospheric V8-powered production vehicle the world has ever seen. And all of that power will be sent to the rear wheels via a Tremec dual-clutch 8-speed transmission. Mark your calendars.

2023 C8 Corvette Z06 C8.R Le Mans LT6
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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