Every Time We’ve Seen and Heard the 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06
Chevrolet will debut the C8 Corvette Z06 October 26, and it’ll be the first of the upcoming high-performance derivatives that are expected to also include the ZR1 and a hybrid model. The Z06 will use a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 engine with a flat-plane crankshaft similar to a Ferrari V-8, and it should produce upwards of 600 horsepower. It’ll provide high-revving aural bliss all the way up to its 9000-rpm redline, and we’ve heard it testing a few times already. Before it makes its debut in a few months, these are all the times we’ve seen or heard the new Z06 revving its V-8 and all the details we know so far.
A video posted to YouTube by GM Authority showed a C8 Corvette Z06 prototype accelerating into GM’s proving grounds in Milford, Michigan. We knew it was the Z06 because the sound is higher-pitched and smoother than the C8 Corvette Stingray’s cross-plane-crank V-8.
Chevrolet was benchmarking several C8 prototypes against a Ferrari 458 Italia, which uses a flat-plane-crank V-8 like the Z06, and a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which has a twin-turbocharged flat-six. We suspect that Chevy could have been testing the upcoming ZR1 model, too, which is expected to bolt a pair of turbochargers to the 5.5-liter V-8.