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2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 Debuts As Indirect Ford GT Competitor

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While the very first Ford Thunderbird was a direct competitor to the first-gen Chevrolet Corvette, The Blue Oval doesn’t really have anything directly comparable today, save for the also mid-engine Ford GT. However, the GT is obviously considerably more limited and expensive than the C8 Corvette, of course. And while the GT can lay claim to producing more power than the base Corvette Stingray, that’s no longer the case with the newly-revealed 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06.

The high-performance version of Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6 makes 660 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque in the GT, which propels the supercar to 60 miles-per-hour in around 3 seconds flat. The 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06, on the other hand, utilizes GM’s brand new naturally-aspirated, flat-plane crank 5.5L LT6 V8, which produces 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Coupled with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, that’s good enough for a 0-60 time of just 2.6 seconds, according to the automaker.

Aside from packing the highest horsepower naturally-aspirated V8 ever offered in a production vehicle, the C8 Z06 has been treated to a host of performance upgrades in terms of suspension, braking, and aero. The base Z06 comes with 14.6-inch front and 15-inch rear brake rotors, with six-piston calipers up front. A staggered set of 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels are wrapped with 275/30ZR20 and 345/25ZR21 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP tires, respectively, which are tucked under wider bodywork than the base Stingray.

Customers that step up to the optional Z07 Performance Package will get even more, with 15.7-inch front and 15.4-inch rear carbon-ceramic brake rotors, Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires, GM’s FE7 suspension with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, as well as optional carbon fiber wheels that offer up a 41-pound reduction in unsprung mass. The package also adds a full carbon-fiber aero kit that helps it generate an astounding 734 pounds of downforce at 186 miles-per-hour.

The 2023 Corvette Z06 offers a bevy of customization options, including a dozen exterior color choices, seven interior colors and wheel packages, and even six different brake rotor color options. GM hasn’t yet released pricing of the new model, but it is scheduled to enter production at the automaker’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant in the summer of 2022.

We’ll have more on everything Ford and Lincoln’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Mark L Bedel

    Other than 10 more horsepower and 90 feet pound torque less than the GT, how else do they compare? Clearly price is a large spread, but how do they perform on the track? I would assume the GT to be much lighter given is mostly carbon fiber structure.

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    1. Roy Chile’s

      FORD built a real Exotic Classic, Chevy built a cheaper Ferrari or Lamborghini that want resale better that on the above

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  2. Clam Juice

    Will GM’s flat plank V8 be more reliable than the Vooodo V8 engine?

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  3. Novak

    I’m biased toward the GT of course, but I have never found the C8 to be very pretty. It isn’t good looking for a supercar, and not even for a Corvette. Brute force aside, this car looks dated and gimicky right off the assembly line.

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    1. Rinzler

      Agreed. I find the C8 quite hideous and is pretty bad from every angle. The Ford GT was a Ford passion project that clearly paid off since they sold every one of the + and the hype 4 years later has not died down for actual buyers.

      Just like GM of late, chasing the Germans with technically impressive but soulless cars. The Corvette no longer has an identity other than “fast” and that’s not enough to get people to actually buy them re: Camaro.

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  4. John Robert Osbourn

    This new Gen-4 ZO-6 is a real BEAST!, and the fact that it’s the first American full production performance car to break the Two Second barrier for 0-60 runs.

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