The first 2023 Corvette Z06 sold for $4.5 million

One of the most significant unveilings of 2021 was undoubtedly the new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Production will not begin until this summer at the Bowling Green, Ky. auction last Saturday.

It collected a sum of 3.6 million US dollars – the equivalent of 4.59 million Canadian dollars – during the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Recall that the price of the Corvette Z06 has not yet been announced.

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Proceeds from the sale will go to the Operation Homefront Foundation, which helps American military families. The buyer, Rick Hendrick, is the same one who bought the first eighth-generation 2020 Corvette two years ago. His winning bet was then $3 million US ($3.9 million Canadian).

The 2023 Corvette Z06 sold Saturday was a 70th Anniversary Edition, which features exclusive wheels, badging and decorative elements highlighting seven decades of the iconic American sports car.

Stingray vs Z06

Compared to the Corvette Stingray, the 2023 Z06 version adopts a wider and more sculpted bodywork inspired by the Corvette C8.R used in motor racing, new vents designed to maximize cooling and a repositionable rear spoiler to improve high-speed stability as well as on-track cornering maneuvers.

The wheels measure 20 inches in front and 21 inches in the rear – a peak in Corvette history. A carbon fiber aerodynamic package is also available to take things up a notch.

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Of course, the piece de resistance is the all-new 5.5-liter DOHC V8, which can rev up to 8,600 rpm, or 200 revs after unleashing its peak output of 670 horsepower – unheard of for a naturally aspirated production car. Torque reaches 460 lb-ft at 6,300 rpm, which is a big drop from the 650 lb-ft we were experiencing.

Inside the Z06, there is more carbon fiber and it is possible to choose a leather decor including a new upholstery entirely in Adrenaline Red color which lives up to its name. There are even three seat choices and six belt choices. Chevrolet says there are thousands of combinations available in all.

In video: first images of the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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