The primary manufacturing facility constructed right-hand drive Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to hit Australia is doing the promotional rounds, forward of the beginning of buyer deliveries.
The Z06 would be the flagship of GMSV’s wider 2024 Corvette vary, to be up to date through the yr with extra personalisation choices than the primary batch provided.
Not like the Silverado pickup, GM makes the Corvette in right-hand drive on the Bowling Inexperienced manufacturing facility within the USA.
The ‘Vette Z06 is a extra centered model of the corporate’s mid-engined hero, slotting in above the Stingray. It comes with a naturally-aspirated, double-overhead cam 5.5-litre V8 with flat aircraft crank and sky excessive 8600rpm redline, in contrast to the Stingray’s 6.2-litre LT2 V8.
The bespoke naturally aspirated bent-eight produces a mammoth 500kW of energy and 624Nm, mated to an eight-speed DCT. A model of this engine has been utilized in Corvette C8.R race vehicles since 2019.
Aussie variations of the Corvette Z06 will all be geared up in flagship 3LZ gear guise, says GM Specialty Automobiles Australia. With the elective Z07 bundle – additionally to be normal in Australia – fitted, the Z06 is able to a 0-60mp/h (0-96km/h) dash time of simply 2.6 seconds.
The usual Z07 Efficiency Package deal means carbon ceramic rotors, carbon-fibre aerodynamic components, distinctive suspension tuning, extremely efficiency tyres, and elective carbon fibre wheels (made in Australia by Carbon Revolution).
“This new Z06 is indicative of what clients in Australia and New Zealand can anticipate from a MY24 Z06, as we will likely be providing 3LZ trim as normal,” stated GM Specialty Automobiles director Greg Rowe.
This brings a carbon-fibre steering wheel and shift paddles, microfibre for the higher inside trim, leather-wrapped inside door panels, and GT2 bucket seats with Nappa leather-based upholstery and carbon fibre garnishes.
The Australian Z06 pictured in white is lacking the centre-mounted quad exhaust system pictured on US fashions nevertheless.
“The Z06 will likely be on the street round Melbourne and surrounds over coming weeks and Corvette followers and efficiency automobile lovers alike are welcome to cease and seize a photograph after they see this superb new mannequin,” Mr Rowe added.
So far as particular Z06 arrival occasions go, GMSV isn’t providing dates, apart from to say “arrival occasions are but to be confirmed and provide will likely be very restricted. We’ll be capable to share extra particulars at a later date”. That typically means it’s a good method away, seemingly the again finish of 2023.
When it comes to value, we’ve got the USA as a information. Over there the Corvette Z06 coupe in 3LT spec prices 55 per cent greater than the Corvette Stingray 3LT.
Final yr’s Corvette Stingray 3LT value $180,000 in Australia, suggesting you gained’t get a lot change from $300k for a Z06 contemplating the 2024 fashions will likely be pricier.
Past the Corvette Stingray and Z06, there’s the lately launched Corvette E-Ray Hybrid V8 which has been confirmed for Australian gross sales, although seemingly not till 2024.
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