The spec sheets reveal plenty of differences, but until you look at the a regular Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray parked beside the recently revealed 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, you don’t realize how different they really are. The Z06 and its optional Z07 Performance package go beyond looks, too, as there are functional differences between it and the Stingray. We parked MotorTrend’s long-term C8 Corvette next to a new Z06 during a Chevy event at The Motoring Club in Marina del Rey, California, to get a live look at how the two cars compare.
The front fascia is our first stop. The Z06’s center grille and side vents are not only drastically different but are also functional. Each of the side vents fronts a radiator, whereas our Stingray with the Z51 package only uses one for that purpose. The Z06’s openings are much larger and the fans behind them are more powerful, too. Inside the center grille edges are cooling ducts for the front brakes. A new fluid cooler is mounted dead center, and it’s part of Chevy’s “clean sheet approach with massive capacity increase to maintain low oil temperatures” for the LT6 engine.
“On the Z06, the front three radiators work together to send coolant to the engine for cooling the block and heads,” said Chevy Communications rep Trevor Thompkins. “Prior to reaching the engine, some of the coolant tees off to the side radiators to stepdown the temperature of the coolant further before reaching the transmission and engine oil coolers, which are liquid-to-liquid heat exchangers.”
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