With lithium-averse folks sounding off on social media about Dodge’s future plans, Chevrolet fans simply gesture, blowing on their nails and buffing them on their shirts. They are secure in knowing gasoline will continue to run through their Bow Tie veins for the immediate future. Need any proof? Look no further than the current skinny on the upcoming Corvette Z06.
The latest and greatest on this 2023 supercar from Warren (by way of Bowling Green) has been posted on Chevrolet’s YouTube channel. In this video, Chevrolet lets its engineers tell the story how they made the Z06 feel like an extension of the driver “with an unmistakably intuitive, responsive and graceful performance accelerating at top speeds.”
Speaking of top speed, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter recently revealed the top speed of the base Z06 will be around 195, and one with the aero package will be about 6 mph less. “This really is not a numbers car, we never intended it to be … It was always intended to be the most pure expression of track and driver capability.” According to CorvetteBlogger.com, Vehicle Corvette Chief Engineer Josh Holder claimed the reason why official top speed numbers have yet to be stated is that they haven’t officially run a proper top-end test, which requires two flying miles to and fro, with the average of both being the official number.
So if you’re not hung up that the Z06 may not be an authentic 200 mph runner, and if you understand that it’s the nitty-gritty that matters, then you will be interested in the other Z06 video that touts the Z07 Performance Package that “delivers everything drivers need to achieve the best lap times.”
Per the engineer, “The content of it, it’s “go, stop, turn. The contents that make that up are tires, brakes, and aerodynamics.” The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires in particular have a lower tread void area (the areas of empty space between each of the raised tread blocks) and “brings you really close to a race tire performance.”
When it’s finally released, the Corvette Z06 will start at $105,000.