We knew the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 would be special. But even living with a “regular” C8 Corvette for a year and a little over 40,000 miles didn’t adequately prepare us for how special. We learned this after spending a day at Grattan Raceway and testing both a Z06 convertible and a Z06 coupe equipped with the Z07 package for this video.
What’s it like to drive a Z06 on track? As it turns out, you spend a lot of time with your mouth hanging open as that 5.5-liter V-8 spins to 8600 rpm, making 670 horsepower and that intoxicating flat-plane crank whine. It’s good that the car handles so well too, because you want to get back to the front straight quickly, if only so you can hear it over and over again.
We tested both a Z06 convertible and a coupe equipped with the high-performance Z07 package. You’ve probably already read those test results. If you haven’t, go click on the related links below. We will wait.
This video shows the differences between the two vehicles, although scheduling conflicts and limited access to the coupe prevented us from filming that car on track. We also provide additional explanations for why we couldn’t match Chevy’s skidpad lateral-g claim on our skidpad. That answer involves diving into the owner’s manual, which actually contains instructions on how owners can prepare their Z06s for tracks like Virginia International Raceway and the Nürburgring, going so far as to recommend different tire pressures and aerodynamic configurations.
As we said: Hard to believe.
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