Is the Z06 better with or without a supercharger?
In the automotive industry, we love a good comparison. It's just one of the many things that make cars such a fun topic. You don't see people arguing about washing machines in the same way they argue about the all-new Cayman GT4 RS and whether it has what it takes to kick the Corvette Z06's booty.
Speaking of the all-new Z06, its biggest competitor may be the previous Z06, which was a supercharged, supercarslaying monster. It will go down in the automotive history books as one of the all-time greats.
Drive 615 recently made a side-by-side comparison of the previous-generation Z06 and the all-new 2023 model. Before we get into it, let's get some facts straight. The C7 Z06 is a 2015 coupe, while the 2023 is a convertible without the Z07 package. The new Z06 costs around $85,000, while the C7 Z06 retailed for around $80k.
This comparison happened thanks to a bit of light stalking. Drive 615 basically stalked a Z06 on a flatbed to where it was being unloaded onto a transport truck. Driving their own 2015 Z06, they made a quick comparison at night and on a quiet road. The video is nothing more than visuals, but we already know all about the main differences between the two vehicles. Only time will tell which one is ultimately the fastest.
While both cars carry the same name, they are entirely different. The previous-generation Z06 was a front-engine rear-wheel-drive sports car available with a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. The new C8 Corvette is mid-engined and can't be had with a stick. Traditionally speaking, one of the critical elements of a supercar is a mid-engine layout. It also sends the power to the rear wheels only, this time via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The previous generation's engine is a bit of a blunt instrument. It's Chevy's well-known 6.2-liter V8 with a generously sized supercharger bolted on top. Old school, but quite effective. It produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, with a redline set at 6,600 rpm.
The new Z06 engine is an advanced piece of kit almost worthy of carrying a Ferrari badge. It's a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 that produces 670 hp at 8,400 rpm. The torque figure in the C8 Z06 is much lower at 460 lb-ft, and it arrives at 6,300 rpm. The C7 Z06 gets to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, while the new car gets there in 2.6 seconds. Both have a top speed on the naughty side of 180 mph.
For now, that's all we have. We can't wait for a full comparison video and some lap times to see if the new C8 Corvette recipe truly is better than every model that came before it.