[VIDEO] Jay Leno Takes His First Drive in the New 2023 Corvette Z06


[VIDEO] Jay Leno Takes First Drive in the new 2023 Corvette Z06

The 2023 Corvette Z06 just took its first drive with a non-GM employee behind the wheel as Jay Leno claimed first dibs on driving America’s newest 670-hp supercar on his show, Jay Leno’s Garage.

Jay says he is very excited to do the review of the Z06 which he calls “the best American can do” and that it “doesn’t get any better than this.” Joining Dave is the Lead Development Engineer on the Z06, Aaron Link.

Aaron takes Jay on a walk around the car and offers up all the facts and figures of the car which most of you now can recite in your sleep. Aaron says the real star of the car is the bespoke LT6 V8 engine which he calls the “Nirvana” of a mid-engine sports car as it has the flat-plane crankshaft and the ability to rev to 8,600 RPM.

Jay tells Aaron that with all the new features on the Z06, he likes how GM continues to outdo itself on the Corvette as well as other vehicles. That claim is backed up by the fact that the LT6 is the most powerful naturally aspirated car in the world.

[VIDEO] Jay Leno Takes His First Drive in the New 2023 Corvette Z06

Once we get the door open for a look inside, we see that gorgeous Level 2 Carbon Fiber Trim Package on the center console as well as the door panels and the Z06’s steering wheel. Jay reconfirms that Chevrolet has really done a great job and that no one talks about how horrible the Corvette’s interiors are anymore. “I would put this next to any European exotic and I imagine it would more than hold its own,” says Jay.

The real fun of this review comes during the driving portion where Jay becomes the first person outside of GM to actually drive the car. Jay takes a real liking to the sound of the LT6 winding up and we get to hear that roar often as they are on the road. Aaron believes the Z06 has the potential to retain the record-holding title of being the most powerful naturally aspirated engine for some time as “the world has changed since we kinda put this on the drawing board,” he says.

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  1. Unfortunately the Z06 doesn’t have the panache or the “it” factor of any exotic nor will it ever. That’s an exclusive club that is reserved for the finest automobiles in the World.

  2. if you knew what you were talking about you would be on one of the ‘exclusive sites of the exotic ‘it’ factor cars but you don’t qualify , dew yew ? panache , to each their own… what gives you the gravitas to make such remarks…….

  3. Bill Ganas, I don’t know Bill? Maybe because I’ve been around those automobiles for most of my life so I’m well versed in that particular subject matter.

  4. Jay Leno is obviously very knowledgeable, unfortunately he kisses a little too much behind when it comes to some of his guests. And that’s especially true with some of his buddies from GM.

  5. Bill, KG don’t know squat. Guy comes on here everyday talking the same BS. Pretty sure a GM worker f’ed his girl and he’s been butt hurt ever since.

  6. KG – that’s laughable. Just because the price isn’t exotic is why guys like you will deny it’s in the same realm. The C8 and the Z06 are works of art and the performance just continues to prove GM is on to something that has changed the game. It’s a head turner at the next level and has the performance and capabilities to back it up!

  7. Well KG, I have seen some articles where some of the exotic owners, are looking at buying the Corvette now, they are really impressed by the car, i know i am very impressed tha tI probably will be selling my 63 to make room in my garage for a C8.

  8. If the Corvette buyers, would have bought into the LT5, you could have had this package along time ago!! I love the LT5 engine and C4 ZR-1!

  9. Congrats to all the GM engineers who worked diligently for years to make the C-8 a remarkable car. The fact that they took four years to develop the darn “boots” on the car should tell you something. I have been enamored with Euros and specifically Porsches for many years. I will be in the front of the line for the Z06. Naysayers, you can talk it down all you want, all I hear is Blah, blah, blah, blah!!

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