Where almost everything is either turbocharged or electrified these days, the 2023 Corvette Z06 defies the odds with a new from-the-ground-up LT6 DOHC V8 engine that’s all motor. The most powerful of its kind, in fact. But that much has been known, and much talked about. What about the rest of the supercar?
To get some answers, YouTuber Eddie X, a former engineer himself, rides along with two people that helped make the new Z06 possible, and we learn a few new details about the supercar along the way.
2023 C8 Corvette Z06: Insights From The Engineers
According to Aaron Link who serves as Lead Development Engineer for Performance Cars at General Motors, everyone was pretty much on the same page with where they wanted their benchmark to be for the 2023 Corvette Z06. Link also admitted to the fact that the Corvette team was benchmarking the European supercars like the Ferrari 458 Speciale and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS for engine note and vehicle dynamics, respectively.
A first for the Corvette, the new Z06 features something called helper springs, which is something typically found in race cars. Not road cars. Helper springs work by keeping the main spring coiled in position as the suspension decompresses, or droops, during certain events while driving. Ultimately, it delivers more control. The steering response is also dialed up to be sharper and more responsive than the C8 Corvette Stingray Z51, as well.
When you jump up to the Z07 package, the 2023 Corvette Z06 gets its suspension upgraded even further to better compliment the low unsprung mass of its carbon fiber rims and the super sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires. A different steering calibration is added along with retuned MR dampers that give the Z07 an 8-percent higher spring rate than on the Z06, while the brake pedal mapping gets a little upgrade to compliment the upgraded carbon brakes.
You won’t have to deal with any cylinder deactivation systems or auto-start-stop, which would just be a downside in a car like this. Also, the 2023 Corvette Z06 represents a 60th anniversary year for the trim level, and a 70th anniversary for the Corvette nameplate overall. The first Z06 Corvettes were available for order in 1963, and were built for the same reasons the new one was built: the race track.
With 11,000 possible different build combinations for the C8 Corvette Z06, you’ll surely be able to find the perfect supercar that best fits your style and greed for speed.