Chevrolet dropped its latest teaser for the 2023 Corvette Z06 yesterday and we’ve been studying it like mad trying to find all the hidden details contained within. What were these secrets that were revealed prior to the debut? We went frame-by-frame and found some additional details about American’s next favorite sports car.
However, before we get started with that, the first clue comes from the description of the video which reads “In 8,600 minutes, professional basketball superstar, gold medalist and avid car enthusiast, Devin Booker, and record-breaking performance builder and driver, Emelia Hartford, will join General Motors’ passionate engineers and designers to learn what it takes to create the all-new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.”
The teaser video was released on October 20th at 12 noon ET and my Alexa device tells me that 8,600 minutes from that time is exactly the amount of time until the reveal on October 26th at 12 noon ET. But we also believe it was an Easter Egg after seeing the Z06’s tachometer later in the video that also has an 8,600 RPM redline.
The video opens with the C8 Corvette Z06 in a dark garage. We first see the headlights and then taillights before the garage door begins to open which finally adds some more detail. That Corvette is the Z07 track variant based on the rear wing and the front canards on the corner:
Now with the door open, we see a road course while the title sequence is playing. That race track is the Pittsburgh International Race Complex. The next cut scene happens quickly after and it shows the car on the track and then we get a quick glimpse of the steering wheel. As the driver turns the wheel, the bottom of the wheel appears to have a shiny badge at the base which should be the Z06s logo.
The final title sequence is shown that reads “What It Takes” and we see a Red Mist 2023 Corvette Z06 Convertible crossing a bridge at night. This sequence was probably shot in Pittsburgh as it was reported the Corvette Team was seen filming a commercial under a bridge in the city a few weeks ago. We saw a couple of shots back then of a Red Mist convertible on the scene so this is probably the same car.
In our opinion this next sequence is the money shot for the teaser and the portion that most enthusiasts are talking about today as the tach shows a redline of 8,600 RPM. We see the Corvette Z06’s dash cluster showing the RPM and speedometer. There are shift lights embedded inside the tachometer as first we see a green circle in the middle of the tach and as the Corvette keeps revving upwards and the needle moves past 8,000 RPM, that circle turns Yellow. With the speed approaching 100 mph while in third gear (100 MPH IN THIRD GEAR!!), the needle heads into the red, and then the shift circle turns red.
Our friend Justin from Horsepower Obsessed made the observation in his video that it appears the Z06 is running a little hot with the temperature gauge reading 214-degrees. As we don’t quite know the operating tolerances of the LT6 flat-plane crank V8, this could be nothing to worry about. Justin also points out the Corvette has a nearly full gas tank, but only a 152-mile range is available according to the car’s computer, so he must have been hauling ass so-to-speak for the range to be so low.
The scene then cuts back to an in-car shot featuring Cindy Molnar, a lead development engineer for Z06 and Emelia Hartford as the car is being driven hard at the Milford Proving Grounds. Right away just about everyone caught the Z06-branded Carbon Fiber steering wheel that was leaked all the way back in 2019. Another clue we see is that the Z06’s paddle shift appears to be dark whereas the Stingray’s paddle shifters are bright. We recognized this track as Milford when we see a side shot of the car going under the bridge.
These next scenes show some more details of the car. There is a brief cut that you would only catch if you go frame-by-frame through the video. It shows a craftsman welding on the exhaust and then we see the four exhaust tips mounted in the center rear of the car. Whether or not the welding pic was used to draw attention to the quad-center exhaust or if it has a deeper meaning is still yet unknown. The C5 Corvette Z06 utilized a titanium exhaust for weight reduction and there has been talk that a similar weight-saving plan might be in place for the C8 Z06. The last pic shows the bright “tuning fork” wheels turning at speed with red brake calipers behind them. If you look at the very bottom left corner, is that an edge of the rocker panel showing?
Next up we get more “craftsmanship” as we see material being cut with a straight razor and then the next scene shows a C8 crossed-flags logo being embroidered on leather. We didn’t see the embroidery in the scene with Emelia which shows the seats, so this could be just for show.
At this point, the second “celebrity” guest for the reveal enters the scene. Phoenix Suns player Devin Booker who Chevy calls “an avid car enthusiast” is shown twice. In the second scene he appears to be looking at an Accelerate Yellow C8, but check out the background where there is a red midyear coupe that is slightly out of focus. Could this be a nod to the original Z06 which was first produced in 1963?
The last teaser shown in the video is a 2023 Corvette Z06 Convertible with the top down. While I initially thought the car might be in a showroom, I think this is more likely the car is shown in a reflection of a glass exterior wall.
And finally, the ending title sequence runs and we see the illustrated C8 Z06 profile shown in red for just a split-second before the now-familiar Corvette Z06 logo comes up to end the video. The profile pic is pretty sweet and we note the appearance of the wishbone side intake trim.
So that’s our breakdown of the 2023 Corvette Z06 teaser that was released on Wednesday. Was there anything that we missed? Let us know in the comments below. And just as an FYI, at the time we are posting this, there are now 7,769 minutes until the reveal. For those that missed the video or now want to see it again now that you’ve seen these highlights, we have it for you here:
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