Do you have a few hours to kill? The Z06 configurator is live!
Chevrolet recently unveiled the 2023 Corvette Z06, and as we were expecting, it's going to kick some European ass.
This article isn't about the details, but here are a few things you should know: it has a 5.5-liter naturally-aspirated flat-plane crank V8 producing 670 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
What a car. While most supercar manufacturers have moved over to turbocharging, we find it deeply satisfying to see Chevrolet stick to the naturally-aspirated formula. That alone makes us want a C8 Z06 more than a lifetime supply of chocolate chip cookies.
The official pricing isn't available yet, but it should be under $100,000. For reference, the Ferrari 488 Spider is slower and costs three times as much.
But none of that matters right now because the Z06 configurator went live recently. Call in sick, people. It's time to design some Corvettes. Don't feel bad. Your boss is probably doing the same thing.
First, take a moment to explore the car from all angles, with the roof up and down. Only then can you move on to the good bits.
Obviously, we're going convertible. That engine will sound like a beast at 8,400 rpm, and we want to enjoy every minute of it. There isn't a radio delete option, but if there were, we'd do it in a heartbeat. Just listen to it.
The coupe is available with three different roofs. You can have body-colored, Visible Carbon Fiber, and Transparent. Most people going this route will likely go for Visible Carbon Fiber because carbon fiber.
Chevrolet's available color palette is stunning. There are traditional silvers, blacks, and whites, but also the obligatory flamboyant supercar colors. The Vette looks menacing in the standard black but a bit sedate in Hypersonic Gray, Ceramic Matrix Gray, Silver Flare, and Arctic White.
If you want a statement, you need to go for Caffeine Metallic (greatest color name in history), Elkhart Lake Blue, or Red Mist.
Not to be outdone by the established supercar fraternity, Chevrolet also offers proper supercar colors that tap into our inner nine-year-old.
If that's what you're after and who isn't, you can choose between Rapid Blue, Amplify Orange, or Accelerate Yellow. Looking at these hues, they remind us of Lambos greatest hits, so it's pretty clear Chevrolet is targeting the supercar market. Red Mist is also obviously aimed at Ferrari, but it's not a spectacular red. We're guessing the Amplify Orange, and Rapid Blue will be quite popular.
As for the inside, the color options are equally stunning. There are also two Carbon Fiber Trim packages called Level One and Two. Chevy also offers a Stealth interior trim package, which removes the silver trim and replaces it with black. The carbon fiber packages add the ultimate performance material to the inside. Since the Z06 is just that, we'll take all the carbon fiber we can; thank you very much.
In total, there are seven interior options: Jet Black, Adrenaline Red, Natural Dipped, Adrenaline Red Dipped, Sky Cool Gray, Natural, and Two-Tone Blue. The "dipped" refers to the entire interior being upholstered in one color instead of mixed with basic black.
By offering so many colors, Chevy has added another layer of customization to the mix. A black Z06 with a Natural Dipped interior is rather elegant. An Amplify Orange Z06 with blue seats and a Rapid Blue model with dipped red seats say, "cash me outside." So that's what we'd have.
The configurator is currently still limited, and we have no doubt more options will be available the closer we get to the launch. Though we couldn't build it, we'd like to see an Arctic White model with black alloy wheels and a red/blue interior. That might be the best of both worlds.