Chevy Spills the Beans on the 2023 Corvette Z06 Design Ahead of Official Reveal

By Sevan Shahijanian | September 27th, 2021
2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 Pre-Release Image
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Details drop on October 26th

When it comes to leaks from new product releases, whether they be new smartphones or cars, most of the time it’s from an insider or someone who knows someone (who knows someone) within the company. This time around, Chevrolet has taken a different approach by leaking their latest Corvette performance variant themselves: the famed Z06. 

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The leak (if you can even call it that) comes in the form of an Instagram post and shows off the sports car’s front three-quarter exterior design. The post also includes images of the camouflaged prototype Z06 alongside a concept sketch.

The uncamouflaged Z06 image reveals a few new features unique to the Z06 that make it stand out from the “normal” C8 Corvette. A large slash design has been added to the rear quarter panel and extends out from the side vent. It looks to protrude a bit from the panel itself and may add to the Z06’s aerodynamic capabilities – though we’ll have to wait until October 26th for all the technical details to be released.

A redesigned front fascia and lower lip splitter add to the car’s aggressive looks and new throwing-star-shaped wheels finish off the visible changes. Chevy hasn’t given us a look of the rear yet, but spy photos hint at a redesigned bumper and center-exit quad exhaust. Both the concept sketch and camouflaged Z06 imply that aggressive aero options will be available in addition to the more conservative rear spoiler seen on the uncamouflaged car.

Although Chevy has yet to release photos of the interior, we suspect Z06 accents will make their way throughout the cabin along with optional sport upgrades such as more aggressive bucket seats. No word on performance figures, but the rumored 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 derived from the C8.R race car is set to push over 600 hp through a Tremec transmission. Considering Chevy is benchmarking the Z06 against the Ferrari 458 and Porsche 911 GT2 RS, we can expect it to be a heavy hitter that punches well above its weight class.

Chevy is calling this the 2023 Corvette Z06, so it’s safe to assume the car won’t be hitting showrooms until later next year – especially with all the chip-shortage woes plaguing the automotive industry.

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