Having a front row seat for all the ways that the Corvette has completely dominated the performance market has been amazing the past few years here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis. The seasoned enthusiasts on the Top Gear staff realized aloud all at once this summer that “There has never been a road car with a more powerful naturally aspirated V8 than this.” Since its unveiling in a Tustin, California hangar in 2019, the new mid-engined Corvette has been frequently taking drivers’ breath away at first sight!
This 8th generation will forever be remembered as completely rewriting the history of the model, as Corvette guru Zora Akrus-Duntov finally witnessed his long-term wish and design masterpiece become a reality. To properly celebrate his innovative spirit and persistence, A “Z” button is on the steering wheel to unleash the customized performance settings. Before the moment when the ‘Vette finally was introduced to the public, many were skeptical about its heavier weight and very lofty aspirations. The model blasted onto the scene with everything it promised and changed the course of modern automotive history.
The Z06 performance edition boldly staked its claim on the production line as a 2023 model-year, and ferociously emitted a vibe of competitive and pavement-devouring charisma. The powertrain in question was the 5.5-liter LT6 V8, cranking out 622 horsepower. Stomping its foot down with the authoritarian and quite thrilling claim of being the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 currently in production. Not a single model in the segment can come remotely close to its raw power along with a fish-clenching 8,600 rpm redline.
Immediately out of the gate, Chevy had stood firmly behind the claim that the Z06 would get up to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds, eagerly serving up 1.22 G in boisterous lateral acceleration. To assure a reasonable stopping time and brake quality, it’s not just the usual suspects on duty here: you are bestowed with Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes sporting red-finished six-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers in Edge Red. You’ll also have the gambler’s “double-down” element which is the stuff high-octane dreams are made of in the form of the Z07.
This additional option adds the marvelous carbon fiber high rear wing, finishing off the aggro-accelerator’s art lesson in a very sweet full-length dual racing stripes, and a Rapid Blue exterior finish hue. Other tasty selections on the revered menu are the Ultimate Performance option, along with the Z07 suspension with Magnetic Selective Ride Control. When put to the thick-skinned task of the quarter mile, the Z06 heartily nails it in just 10.6 seconds. When you’re rolling with the additive of the Z07 Performance Package, a sheriff-on-your-tail top speed of 200 mph is attainable!
The Z06’s sports body is wide enough to provide a comforting and high-performance home for 20-inch wheels at the front and 21’s in the rear, wrapped with the segment-leading Michelin Cup 2 R ZP performance tires. It also features optional carbon fiber rims courtesy of the down-under experts at Carbon Revolution. The result of a very ferociously- powerful setup boasts titanium intake valves and conrods, along with sodium-filled exhaust valves. With manners that “make it viceless”, the Z06’s intimidating headline figures render it consistently one step ahead of the pack.
We hope you see us during the back-to-school season here at Jim Butler, where the ‘Vette along with other models like this shine. A very fitting final hurrah to the joys of natural aspiration, creations such as this will go down in history as fantastic, prone to exhilarating joy, and built with the most fun imaginable in mind!