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The High-Wing Performance Package Is Complete With Front Dive Planes And Bigger Brakes

2023 Corvette Z06 Nurburgring Z07 Package C8

The 2023 C8 Corvette Z06 just finished its two weeks of industry pool testing at the infamous Nürburgring in Germany, with the aim to gather terabytes of track performance data, and hopes of getting a verified hot lap under seven minutes. We’re not quite sure if the Corvette Curse was lifted just yet, but we do know that Chevrolet brought more than just one C8 Z06 variant there, based on the latest Auto Addiction video below. What we’re seeing is the 2023 Corvette Z06 with the Z07 package captured on the Nürburgring for the first time:

Corvette Z06 With Z07 Package At The Nurburgring

The Z07 package is easily identified by its radical rear spoiler on the C8 Corvette Z06 – which is perhaps even larger than what we saw on the C7 Corvette ZR1. Adding to the menacing aerodynamics are a pair of dive planes (AKA canards) that are the first for a production Corvette. The tires are also expected to be an upgraded compound: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R rubbers measuring 275/30 R20 in front, while the rears surround a 21-inch wheel and will measure 345/25 R21. And while it’s hard to get a good look, it’s likely the brakes on the 2023 Corvette Z06 with the Z07 package will be upgraded from the base model as well, presumably Brembo carbon ceramics.

Traditionally, the Z07 package adds tire, aero and brake upgrades to the Corvette Z06.

GM President Watching With Pride

That’s not all. General Motors President Mark Reuss, who used to run all of GM global product development, also made the trip to Germany, where shared this photo on Twitter last week:

Mark Reuss 2023 C8 Corvette Z06 Z07
Image via Twitter

While Reuss – a high-level performance driver – is authorized to pilot cars at pace around the ‘Ring, it’s unclear if he actually had a go in the new Z06.

Corvette Team Readying Video Assets For Z06 At Nürburgring

MC&T understands that a whole film crew was on hand for the 2023 Corvette Z06 Nürburgring campaign. Whether or not we’ll ever see the footage will likely be contingent on whether or not the new C8 variant was able to run a perfect hot lap. If not, we’ll probably have to wait until 2022, if ever.

2023 C8 Corvette Z06 Nurburgring Lap

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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