The New Superpower: The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette
Redefining the way the auto world considers “Made-in-America”
For years the Europeans have owned the supercar space lock, stock, and barrel. When U.S. manufacturers released its crème de la crème – aka Mustangs and Corvettes - the Italians smirked, knowing Ferrari and Lamborghini were in their backyard. And Germany had Porsche – your imagination can take it from there.
Corvette Z06 in Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat: Chevrolet.com
But things are different now. Americans are no fools - we use time as opportunity, as evidenced by the 2023 Chevy Corvette C8 Z06, which is, hands down, GM’s most powerful and best-looking main line production sports coupe to date. (Naturally we’re not counting the Porsche 911 as it’s a V6. No, this is a naturally aspirated V8 designed to compete with the likes of Ford GT and Ferrari F154 engine driven cars.)
Since its humble beginnings in 1953, Corvette has been getting its fair share of well-earned respect. How can we forget that it was a Corvette that won the 24 Hours at Le Mans race – not once but twice? That said, put on your safety belts folks – with a 5.5-liter V-8 naturally aspirated engine with 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, the 2023 Corvette Z06 is about to redefine high performance and the track as we know it, finding its place at the top of the latest in a line of increasingly impressive lineage to rival the ancient European houses prestige.
This car’s powertrain is the heart and soul of the operation. With its 5.5L aspirated V8 churning out 670 horsepower (in comparison the F154 can hit 570), the Chevy Corvette outperforms a Ferrari – a basic truth that auto enthusiasts wouldn’t have imagined would see the light of day – that moment has come and gone, but it’s still very exciting to say out loud!
And you should hear the sound of this power player. Check-out Chevy’s website to listen to recordings of the engine in action, which, at first blush, may seem strange to have recordings of a car engine, but as every car enthusiast worth their weight in unleaded fuel knows, the sound of velocity is like crack cocaine to those in-the-know like you.
Now let’s talk specifics.
Adrenaline Red dipped interior: Chevrolet.com
Z06’s sleek exterior lines continues to invoke the legendary Pininfarina designs from the latter half of the last century, curvaceous and direct, giving it a feeling of classic venerability that looks like a hybrid of an alien space vehicle and an insect with a sting that, well, would kill mere mortals. With its tough American can-do utilitarianism, the only thing that competes with the roar of the engine is its visual design, exuding one hell-of-a ballsy vibe reeking of 100% tough all-American can-do utilitarianism. Did we mention the interior is enough to make a grown man and/or woman cry – and fly, but on the ground. Plush, overstuffed and sleek, this machine was made to experience, to look and to feel.
And for that experience, at $60k, this all-American muscle is within wallet-reach.