First retail 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 to be auctioned

With the arrival of 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and its midsize engine layout and the screaming flat crank V-8, the US sports car finally fulfills its exotic quest to compete with the best of Europe.

Deliveries start this summer, and if you want to get your hands on the first detail example, your chance is about to arise.

The rights to the car (it is not built yet) will go under the hammer at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 29th. All proceeds from the sale go to Operation Homefront, a charity dedicated to helping military families.

Such charity sales typically see the final bid run into the seven digits, even for cars selling for five digits. We would like to remind you that the rights to the first C8 Corvette were taken $ 3 million at a Barrett-Jackson auction in 2020.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The price for the Z06 has not been announced, but is expected to be around $ 90,000.

The first retail Z06 will be a coupe. However, the Z06 will also be available as a convertible. It is not clear if there will be a similar charity auction for the first drop-top.

You will not be disappointed with any of the body styles. That’s because the real star of the Z06 is the new V-8, code name LT6. The engine, which is based on the design used in C8.R endurance racer, displaces 5.5 liters and generates its maximum power via revs instead of forced induction, with the rev counter capable of flying at high 8,600 rpm. The 670 hp maximum power reaches 8,400 rpm, while the maximum torque of 460 lb-ft reaches 6,300 rpm. The only transmission is an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic that sends power only to the rear wheels. Performance figures have not been released, but a 0-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds is expected.

Incredibly, the C8 Corvette generation is expected to create two performance levels above the Z06. The one is is expected to be a ZR1 powered by a dual-turbocharged version of the Z06’s V-8. The other is one often Zora rumored is expected to expand the ZR1’s engine with a hybrid system. It is very possible that these will be the last Corvettes with a V-8, as electric power could be the norm when the C9 generation arrives late in this decade.

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