Chevrolet teases 2023 Corvette Z06 with engine sound
We’re used to the long, gradual teasing from automakers. They will post a sketch that vaguely resembles something on wheels. Then a photo of an upcoming car hidden mostly in the shadows. Then, a few weeks later, a shot from the exhaust pipes. And so on, until they end up giving us the goods on what they’re building.
But this is new. Chevrolet teased the 2023 Corvette Stingray Z06 with 24 seconds of sound. A video posted to YouTube shows a low-angle shot of a race track as if they had mounted a camera on the front splitter of a race car as it drove through a lap. It is accompanied by a high revving engine sound and ends with a Corvette Z06 logo.
A racing Corvette
Z06, for the uninitiated, is a nickname generally given to the faster model ‘Vette. It dates back to 1963 when then chief Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov put together a special edition package with all the gear Corvette owners would need to race. . The setup included heavy-duty brakes, extra-large fuel tank, and more. The Z06 badge has since been awarded to race-worthy Corvettes.
We don’t know what that means for the 2023 release. But the sound gives us a clue. Chevrolet switched to a mid-engine configuration for the current Corvette in 2020. This made America’s first sports car something closer to European supercars like the ones Ferrari and Lamborghini pump (and gave it a 0 to 60 less than 3 seconds). Since then, rumors have persisted that a flat-cranked V8 is the next step.
A new European-style V8
This type of engine – a specialty of Ferrari engineers – reaches extremely high revs which utter a shrill cry. It looks more like a Formula 1 racing car than the low, raspy rumbles we associate with big American V8s. And it looks like the engine of the video.
We will bring more when we have it. For now, all we have to do is make a noise. The end of the Chevrolet video indicates that the car will appear in the fall.