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WILL THE 2023 CORVETTE Z06 BE A 200+ MPH SUPERCAR?

The Z06 Prioritizes Downforce Over Top Speed, But How Fast Is It?

2023 C8 Corvette Z06 Convertible Z07 Package 2021 SEMA Show
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There are many reasons to be excited about the C8 Corvette Z06; it is essentially a street-legal race car. While Chevrolet hasn’t released any information regarding the Corvette Z06’s top speed, we can still get a good idea that the vehicle will come close to the 200 mph top speed mark thanks to the recently revealed 2023 Corvette Owner’s Manual. Just not with any high-downforce additions of the Z07 package, to be sure.

2023 Corvette Z06 Top Speed: 188 MPH

Corvette Blogger found that page 202 of the owner’s manual indicates the minimum and maximum speeds that the transmission of the C8 Corvette Z06 can be upshifted or downshifted. For example, from the first gear, drivers can shift up to the second year at 9 mph, and in third gear, downshifting down into 2nd gear can be done at around 69 mph. Fifth gear can be shifted into as little as 29 mph, but you can downshift from 6th to 5th at 188 mph. That’s an impressive range for a car that boasts an 8,600 rpm redline. So there’s definitely plenty of room for exploration while driving the Z06, if given the room, on a closed course.

Corvette Owner Manual Shows Z06 Shifting Speeds

Given that you can downshift from 6th gear into 5th gear at 188 mph, the 2023 Corvette Z06 could be limited to that velocity maximum due to its strong aerodynamic properties, with the supercar being “aero limited” by 6th gear, and gears 7 and 8 acting as overdrive gears to aid in highway fuel economy. Should somebody take the car beyond the 200 mph mark, that would be something for the books.

The 670 horsepower 2023 Corvette Z06 is set to begin production this summer, while official pricing remains elusive. At any rate, considering the constant shortage of parts hampering the auto industry, expect supply of the C8 Z06 to run low for the foreseeable future.

2023 C8 Corvette Z06 High Wing Spoiler Z07 package carbon fiber wheels ceramic brakes

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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