2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 revealed in first image – UPDATE: Not bound for Australia


The first mid-engined C8 Corvette derivative has debuted, with more aggressive styling and a rumoured 5.5-litre flat-plane V8.


UPDATE, 28 September 2021, 11:20am: The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 won’t be built in right-hand drive for the time being, General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) has confirmed, ruling out an Australian launch.

Our original story, augmented with comment from GMSV, continues below.

28 September 2021, 9:45am: The first official image of the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has been released – ahead of full details next month – though it’s understood an Australian launch isn’t in the plan for now.

Revealed via Instagram overnight, the Corvette Z06 gains a more aggressive aerodynamics package befitting of its (current) flagship status, with a more aggressive front bumper reminiscent of Chevrolet’s Corvette C8.R race car, revised side intakes and side skirts, Z06 badging on the rear quarter, and a rear lip spoiler.

The vehicle pictured lacks the optional performance package seen on European and US prototypes – likely to wear the Z07 name – which is set to add a fixed rear wing, carbon-fibre alloy wheels (rumoured to be produced by Australia’s Carbon Revolution), and front bumper ‘winglets’.

While not pictured, a set of four exhaust tips are expected to feature at the rear, plus a hardcore lower diffuser.

Full details of the new model won’t be confirmed until October 26 (US time), however all rumours point to the fitment of a new 5.5-litre naturally-aspirated V8 engine, featuring dual overhead-cams and a flat-plane crank more akin to a Ferrari, McLaren or other European supercar than a typical pushrod American V8.

Outputs are set to fall in the region of 447-485kW and 600Nm – compared to the standard Corvette Stingray’s 369kW/637Nm – good for a sub-three-second 0-100km/h dash, and lap times on par with mid-engined European machinery.

Right-hand drive production has not been announced for the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, ruling out an Australian launch – despite recent trademark filings suggesting the track-focused supercar is in line for local showrooms.

“No right-hand drive markets have been confirmed as part of the Z06 programme,” a General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) spokesperson told Drive.

“At GMSV, we’re concentrating on bringing the all-new C8 Corvette to Australia and New Zealand – the first time it’s been available direct from the factory as right-hand-drive.”

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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