The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is exciting for many reasons, most notably because it has a custom engine not used by any other Chevy on the road. In this clip we get a taste of how brutal this engine is.
Although the following video was only recently shared on YouTube, it shows several Corvette Z06 prototypes spied near the Nürburgring in 2021. As such, they are shrouded in camouflage, but we do get an excellent opportunity to hear the engine in full flight.
The 5.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 from the Corvette Z06 first appeared in the C8.R race car a few years ago, initially suggesting that Chevy would not develop an entirely new engine for a race car without also installing it in a road car. It turned out that those reports were correct and that the automaker did indeed take this race-proven engine and put it in the new Z06.
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This engine is unique to a Corvette in that it has a flat-plane crank, which is one of the reasons it sounds so damn special. It also rocks forged aluminum pistons, titanium connecting rods, twin throttle bodies and four-in-two-in-one stainless steel exhaust heads. The engine is rated at 670 horsepower and 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever used in a production car.
Chevrolet officially opened order books for the 2023 Corvette Z06 on July 28. Prices start at $106,395 for the Z06 1LZ and rise to $115,595 for the 2LZ and $120,245 for the 3LZ. The convertible variant adds an additional $7,000 to the price tag of each trim level. The available $8,995 Z07 Performance package is likely to be popular with shoppers and features new FE7 suspension, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, floor pans and Michelin Pilot Cup 2R ZP tires.