Chevrolet’s been busy releasing teaser videos, silhouettes, and sound bites of the 2023 Corvette Z06, and we now have an official release date. According to Chevy, the much-anticipated C8 Corvette Z06 is debuting this coming October 26, 2021. Mark your calendars for the arrival of the highest-revving and best-sounding Corvette yet.
Chevy also released its first official photo of the car parked next to a Chevy C8. R racing car, although the Z06 in question is still wearing a camouflage wrap. There’s also a new video you need to watch, and it features the Z06 Corvette prototype testing around various racetracks, including the Circuit de la Sarthe and the Nürburgring.
The video unveils a high-revving V8 sound, enough to send shivers to your spine. The stock C8 Corvette has a 6.2-iter V8 engine producing 495 horsepower and has a 6,500 rpm deadline. However, the rumor mills suggest a 5.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-plane-crank V8 is serving duty in the newest Corvette Z06, and it can spin up to 9,500 rpm.
The incoming Corvette Z06 will have up to 617 tire-shredding horsepower, a far cry from the stock Corvette’s 495 horses. Power still goes to the rear wheels using an updated eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to handle the extra oomph. The incoming Z06 is not as powerful as the C7 Z06 (which had 650 horsepower from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 mill), but we’re betting the house the 2023 Corvette Z06 will be faster around the track.
The new Corvette Z06 will have a more aerodynamic body and a larger rear spoiler on the styling front. And of course, it could also come with wider and stickier tires to harness its newfound power. We’re pining for a proper manual stick, but it seems Chevy will stick to its proven eight-speed dual-clutch shifter. All our speculations will come to rest this October, and we’ll be back to report more on Chevy’s newest track-ready supercar.