2023 Corvette ZO6 Takes Detroit Auto Show 2022 by Storm
The 2023 Corvette ZO6 stole the show at the Detroit Auto Show this year, and it’s not hard to see why. The new generation of Chevrolet Corvettes with the high-performance ZO6 stole the spotlight, so much so that President Joe Biden hopped into the driver seat of a bright orange Chevrolet Corvette Z06. This aggressive new Corvette features an all-new carbon fiber body and mid-engine layout with stunning new looks and an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission designed by GM.
Learn all about the 2023 Corvette ZO6 at the Detroit Auto Show 2022
The event was open to the public from September 17th through to September 25th and was held at Huntington Place (formerly Cobo Hall) in Detroit, Michigan. The show hours for the public days are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. except on the final day, which closes early at 7 p.m.
In Huntington Place, you’ll find many parking options, including street parking, parking garages, and parking lots. In the event that you have difficulty finding parking near the convention center, you might consider parking at a station with a People Mover. People Mover, Detroit’s downtown monorail system that stops at the convention center.
Find out what all the buzz is about – President Joe Biden with the new Amplify Orange Corvette ZO6 at Detroit Auto Show
The bright Amplify Orange C8 ZO6 with a 738-horsepower supercharged V8 has been featured on all the networks with President Joe Biden at the wheel. Although he didn’t take a test drive, it does look like he had fun in the Stingray Z06, and according to reports, he fired up its engine. VV is told that Biden did drive a Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV down an aisle in the convention center.
Biden isn’t new to Corvette. You might have seen photos in the past of President Biden in his 1967 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible, which was a wedding present from his father.
The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 starts at $106,000 and is not an EV (yet). The President was there to announce details on EV chargers while at the North American International Auto Show, or NAIAS.
In the President’s speech, the White House announced clearance for the first $900 million in infrastructure money which will be used to build EV chargers across 53,000 miles of the national highway system and will be in 34 states and Puerto Rico.
When there, the president toured the GM Detroit Auto Show exhibits and saw, first-hand, the electric Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, and Buick models. GM CEO Mary Barra and GM President Mark Reuss were also there, along with President Biden. GM’s full commitment to electric vehicles was on display, with all four of their brands showcasing models that have gone electric, including:
- Chevrolet’s new EV portfolio features Equinox EV, Blazer EV, and Silverado EV, in addition to the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV. The Silverado EV will be built at Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. The Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are built at Orion Assembly in Orion Township, Michigan.
- The GMC HUMMER EV Pickup and SUV, built at Factory ZERO
- The Cadillac LYRIQ, built at Spring Hill Manufacturing in Tennessee
- The Buick Wildcat EV concept
2023 Corvette ZO6 at Detroit Auto Show 2022
The Amplify Orange Tint Corvette that the president sat in was equipped with the Z07 package with the optional visible carbon fiber wheels. There was also a Black ZO6 as well as the Rapid Blue ZO6 on display.
The 2023 Corvette ZO6 will be available in 12 different colors:
- Hypersonic Gray
- Amplify Orange Tint
- Caffeine Metallic
- Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat
- Torch Red
- Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic
- Silver Flare Metallic
- Arctic White
- Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic
- Accelerate Yellow
- Rapid Blue
GM exhibited its newest C8 ZO6 for the first time at the Detroit Auto Show along with the C8 Corvette Stingray’s Corvette ZO6 5.5L V8 Engine and the Tremec TR9080 eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Here are photos taken by Wayne Ellwood of the Corvette parts on display.
The engine 5.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-plane crank V8 with 670 horsepower is the most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 on the market. You can read more about what makes the C8 Corvette ZO6 engine so remarkably Powerful in this post.
Due to its type of crankshaft, the ZO6 has a massive redline of 8600 rpm. This means that all the power is at your fingertips.
In order to receive the $8,995 Z07 Performance Package on the 2023 Corvette Z06, customers must first select the Carbon Flash painted (RPO code CFZ) or visible carbon fiber (RPO CFV) ground effects packages, as well as either the Carbon Flash painted or visible carbon fiber high wing rear spoiler. Painted carbon fiber versions of the kit and wing added $8,495, while the visible carbon fiber versions of these cost $10,495.
Z07 Performance Package additional features include:
- Carbon fiber aero package with larger front splitter, front-corner dive planes, a rear wing, and underbody strakes that enhance downforce
- Unique FE7 suspension with specific Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 calibrations
- Michelin Sport Cup 2 R ZP tires developed specifically for the Z06
- Available carbon fiber wheels that deliver a 41-pound (18.6 kg) reduction in unsprung mass
- Brembo® carbon ceramic brake system featuring larger, 15.7-inch-diameter (398 mm) front rotors and 15.4-inch-diameter (391 mm) rear rotors
The 2022 Detroit Auto Show also has a display by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, where they debut a new supercharger package for the Corvette C8 Convertible. Both the Coupe and Convertible produce 700 HP and 675 TQ and don’t compromise the factory systems and drivability. In addition, it has very little impact on fuel economy.
Lingenfelter 60th Anniversary Cunningham C8 Corvette Commemorative Edition
This is no regular C8… it’s a Cunningham 60th anniversary C8 Corvette! This ride sports the Performance Design Carbon pTR Intake Manifold, a Lingenfelter 95mm Throttlebody, Lingenfelter 4 Valve Corsa Exhaust, Alcon 6 Piston Front Brake Calipers, Alcon 4 Piston Back Brake Calipers, Lingenfelter C8 Front Lowering Kit, Cunningham-inspired upholstery & paint job, custom air intake ducts, and Lingenfelter Corsa Headers. Check out the video by Lingenfelter:
You will remember that the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation, in partnership with Cunningham Automotive, proudly debuted the 60th Anniversary Cunningham C8 Corvette, at Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance in May 2021.
Lingenfelter Superformance 1963 Grand Sport Corvette Replica
Looking for a new car? Check out the details of the new 2023 Corvette ZO6 all-new 5.5L DOHC V-8 engine.
Are you looking to buy a Corvette on a budget? The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has a starting price of $106,395 but let’s face it, that isn’t in everyone’s budget. Check out K. Scott Teeters’s article on the top ten under-appreciated, under-valued Corvettes to buy.
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