If you’re still not excited about the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 debut, you’ll hear the groan of your flat-cranked V-8.
YouTube personality Emelia Hartford recently posted two videos on Instagram of the Z06 accelerating to its redline of 8,600 rpm, one parked on a dynamometer and another. Because Hartford was recruited by Chevy to advertise the new Z06, it had early access to the vehicle before its official unveiling on October 26th.
Chevy has already released a few teaser images and a video of its own. Based on the soundtrack, we assume the Z06 to be powered by a flat-cranked V-8 engine, which is more commonly associated with Ferrari than with Bowtie.
Keep in mind that the Corvette C8.R racing car uses a 5.5 liter flat V8 engine. The C8.R runs in IMSA’s GTLM class, which requires cars to resemble production models for the most part. .
In the C8.R, this engine delivers 500 hp and 480 Nm of torque, but the power is dictated by the regulations. We expect the 2023 Z06 to produce around 625 hp and 485 Nm of torque. The racing car’s sequential 6-speed transmission is also expected to be replaced by an 8-speed or dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Larger air intakes are seen in the teaser shots, and we anticipate a wider overall position with massive 345mm rear tires (standard C8 Corvette rear tires reach a maximum of 305mm). Some prototypes have 275mm front tires, while others have Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R sticky rubber.
A sketch of the Z06 s interior was leaked in 2019, showing two massive red buttons on the steering wheel labeled “Spec Mode” and carbon fiber instead of leather on various surfaces. A track plan was also visible in the digital track cluster in the sketch, which could suggest another performance characteristic of the tracks.