The 2023 Corvette Stingrays have begun delivery. The anticipation of the Z06 making its way onto the scene is only getting bigger with each passing day. Luckily Chevrolet keeps sharing tidbits about the 2023 Corvette Z06 to keep us entertained in the meantime. Chevy posted a YouTube video documenting the upcoming Z06’s exhaust and elaborating on why it’s so different from anything else out there.
The three-and-a-half minute video features two engineers that explain how the Z06 received its signature sound, one of which (Yoon Lee, Design System Engineer) describes it as a “wild animal, with a polished edge.” The Z06 features a quad-tip center exit exhaust system that also features two sets of opening and closing valves that dictate the sound you and bystanders will hear, the Intake Manifold Valves (IMTV) and variable exhaust valves. Vehicle Performance Engineer Cindy Molnar explains that the valves can open in 2-degree increments, something previously unaccomplished.
The new ability to manipulate the amount of openness to the valves allows drivers to tune their sound to their liking. And who wouldn’t want that with a flat-plane crank V8 pushing out 670 horsepower with an 8,600 RPM redline. The Z06 has four pre-tuned modes, each delivering a different exhaust note. The loudest of them all is “track” and the quietest of them is “weather,” both “tour” and “sport” fall right in the middle. You can, however, create your own sound with “my mode.” If you’re tuning on your own and want a quiet ride, close the valves, if you want a roaring Z06, open the valves all the way.
The 2023 Corvette Z06 is expected to begin production sometime this summer and it’s starting price still remains elusive however we do know that some dealers are able to configure them now. We also know that the Z06 visualizer is still up and running.