We built the ultimate supercar slayer for $141,180.
We love it when a new car configurator goes live, especially for a car as special as the 2023 Corvette Z06. It allows you to spend at least an hour staring at a computer screen with a stern look on your face. That intense kind of concentration one gets when busy with vertical synergy integration. Best of all, the boss thinks you're hard at work.
The Z06 configurator went live a year ago but without pricing. The original showcase was merely an amuse-bouche to get those initial orders in from fans willing to commit to a purchase without knowing the price.
Three trim levels are available: 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ. All use the 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Mechanically, the three trims are the same, with each successive trim only adding more luxury features.
We browsed around and built three versions of the Z06; the cheapest, the most expensive, and the one we'd have.
We'll start with the cheapest first. Out of the 12 exterior colors, only four are cost options. Accelerate Yellow and Rapid Blue cost $500. Amplify Orange and Red Mist retail for $995. In the interest of keeping it cheap, we stuck with Torch Red.
Stripes are available from $500 and go up to $995. You can't have a Z06 without stripes, so that's $995 for dual Carbon Flash Metallic stripes. The standard 20/21-inch wheels are good enough, and one can live without painted brake calipers.
All of the interior options are no-cost, and Adrenaline Red leather is a must. Competition Sport Bucket Seats cost an additional $995, but we'd be careful about adding them, especially if you want to use the car for more than track duty.
The Z07 Performance Package costs $8,995 and is a must for track days. It adds Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Dark Gray Metallic painted brake calipers, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R tires. For the cheapy model, we chose not to add it, but we can't imagine the average Z06 owner not ticking this box.
The cheapy works out to $110,290, including the stripes, a $1,395 destination charge, and the $2,600 gas guzzler tax. Not bad for a bonafide supercar.
For the most expensive model, you need to start with the convertible. The drop-top begins at $114,195 for the 1LZ, $122,895 for the 2LZ, and $127,545 for the 3LZ, so we shall start with the latter.
Add Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat ($995), another $995 for full-length racing stripes, and $11,995 for 10/21-inch visible carbon fiber wheels. This automatically adds Brembo carbon ceramic brakes painted in Dark Gray, upping the price by $20,490. Then add the custom interior combination Jet Black interior with Adrenaline Red seats and Nappa leather seating surfaces with perforated inserts. It adds $1,190 because it also requires Adrenaline Red custom leather stitching.
Naturally, the Z07 Performance Package is a must, and we chose visible carbon fiber ground effects because it's $1,000 more expensive. We also added the 70th Anniversary Special Edition Package because why not celebrate the 'Vette?
From the options list, we added a premium indoor car cover in Gray for $1,195, carbon flash-painted nacelles and body-color roof ($1,295), black exhaust tips ($395), and front lift with a memory function for $2,595.
This model needs sport bucket seats, Tension Blue seatbelts, and a carbon fiber and suede microfiber-wrapped steering wheel.
That takes us up to $171,880, including delivery and gas guzzler charges.
Our perfect trim would be the coupe in 1LZ because this will be a driver's car, pure and simple. The Z06 comes with enough comfort features as standard. As long as it has air-conditioning and Apple CarPlay, it's good enough for us.
We like the full murdered-out look, so it's black on black on black, with no stripes. The naked carbon fiber wheels are a must, which automatically add the brakes and calipers from the Z07 Performance Package.
On the inside, we have Adrenaline Red non-bucket seats. The seatbelts can stay black, but we need the suede microfiber-wrapped steering wheel. We also added the rest of the Z07 Performance Package, with naked carbon fiber ground effects.
And that's all we need. This is an epic supercar slayer, and it costs just $141,180, including delivery and taxes.