Can we still call it a blue-collar hero?
Though Chevrolet has already revealed pricing for the 2023 Corvette Stingray, we've been in the dark about the high-performance Z06 model's price tag. Until now, that is. The first Z06 VIN 001 sold for a whopping $3.6 million at a charity auction, but subsequent models will be far more affordable (although maybe that's not the right word to use here). The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe starts at $106,395 for the 1LT trim (plus a $1,395 destination freight charge).
For reference, the base Corvette Stingray Coupe starts at $64,200, meaning the Z06 is a $42,195 upgrade. Of course, the Z06 gets a much more powerful 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 generating 670 horsepower versus the Stingray's 6.2-liter V8 with only 495 hp.
Buyers who want more features in their Z06 can opt for the 2LT trim for $115,595 or the loaded 3LT for $120,245. These prices do not include optional extras, which can push the price even further.
If you want the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible with its power-operated roof, it starts at $113,895 for the 1LT trim. This $7,500 premium for the Convertible is comparable to the Stingray. The Z06 Convertible 2LT costs $122,595 while the top 3LT model is $127,245. These prices are certainly not aimed at the average blue-collar worker, but they are lower than a comparable mid-engined Ferrari or Lamborghini.
Unfortunately, we doubt anyone who doesn't "know a guy" at their local Chevy dealership will find it difficult to nab a Z06 at MSRP. The base Stingray garnered massive markups when it first when on sale, and we've already heard murmurs of some dealers asking $100,000 over sticker price.
Official order books for the Z06 open on July 28, and we highly recommend getting your local dealer to sign a purchase agreement to lock in the selling price. Even with a six-figure starting price, the Z06 looks like a potential bargain supercar slayer.