GMSV confirms 2023 Z06 Corvette weapon for Australia

GMSV has revealed that Australia and New Zealand will be among right-hand drive markets to receive the 2023 Corvette Z06, with the vehicle that’s considered the brand’s performance weapon set to be powered by the a LT6 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V8.

“It was announced this morning that the Corvette Z06 will be manufactured in both left and right-hand drive and we’re incredibly excited to confirm GMSV in Australia and New Zealand will be part of the global programme,” GMSV director Joanne Stogiannis said.

“News that the C8 was available as right-hand drive was reason enough to make Corvette enthusiasts cheer, but this latest update is absolutely phenomenal.”

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The 2023 Corvette Z06 will be manufactured at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant and left-hand drive production will commence in the North American summer of 2022 (our winter), with right-hand drive production to start some months later.

A new flat-plane crankshaft design joins that V8 engine, along with larger 14.6-inch-diameter (370 mm) front and 15-inch-diameter (380 mm) rear Brembo rotors, and 6-piston front callipers, when compared to the Stingray.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Additional highlights include a stance that’s 9.4 cm wider than the Stingray, accommodating massive 345-series rear tires and more airflow through side air vents, as well as 20-inch front and 21-inch rear forged aluminium spider wheels.

A model specific front fascia is designed to optimise the Z06’s cooling needs, including channelling air to a centre heat exchanger, which is one of five for maximum cooling performance, also features.

The reconfigurable rear spoiler with adjustable wicker-bill elements designed to improve high-speed stability and cornering capability on a racetrack is also included.

The V8 engine will hand assembled by master engine builders at the Performance Build Centre (also located at Bowling Green), where precision tooling and hand fit pieces will be created to Chevrolet’s exact specifications.

Each engine features a plaque on the intake manifold with the signature of the technician who crafted it from start to finish.

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2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

“We’re looking forward to the first C8 customer cars shipping from Bowling Green to Australia and New Zealand in coming weeks and can’t wait to deliver these to their new owners” Ms Stogiannis said.

“It is an incredibly exciting time to be a Corvette fan!”

Details such as price, anticipated arrival timing and number of vehicles allocated to our market will be revealed next year.

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