Our spy photographer managed to capture this lone 2023 Corvette Z06 prototype out driving near GM’s Milford Proving Grounds, and the photos offer an excellent look at lightly-camouflaged base-model Z06 HTC.
We’ve previously noted that the C8 Z06 would be offered as a Convertible, and these excellent high-quality photos seem to show a more refined pre-production model than we’ve seen previously. As we can see, the side mirrors are uncovered revealing the new 2022 exterior color Amplify Orange, so this Z06 prototype is most likely a very recent build.
We are especially taken with this rear shot that shows the details of the Z06’s quad-center exhaust. The surround appears to be anodized black and the tips are now all uniform with a lighter edge around the circular ports. The outside ports have a smaller opening which is now recessed inside while the two inner ports appear to be less constrictive. The bottom of the rear fascia also has screens covering the vents on either side of the exhaust ports. It’s our guess that these updates show the rear facia in its final production form.
The Convertible features no aerodynamic rear spoiler, yet we can see the tell-tale signs of the dive planes on the front corners of the car. On a second look, the rear does have two supports on top of the deck and so we expect that a spoiler could be bolted to it. Despite those visual clues, the tires on the car are the Michelin All-Season tires and so this model is probably not equipped with the Z07 performance package.
Our photographer adds that “beyond the visuals, the unmistakable sound of the crackling, high-strung, flat-plane crank V8 was on full, exotic display.”
The 2023 Corvette Z06 will be revealed on Tuesday, October 26th.
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