There is still hope that the 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 will start at under $ 100,000


The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is such a leap from the already impressive base C8 that it’s no surprise to learn that it costs six figures. Real money for the supercars, you know? But the industrial might of General Motors could once again surprise the world, as a clue left by the Corvette’s marketing manager suggests the Z06 won’t simply start below $ 100,000; he might even be in limbo below $ 90,000.

Harlan Charles, director of product marketing for the Corvette and Camaro, revealed to Corvette Today Podcast that although the price of the Z06 has not been finalized, it is not far off. Better yet, he hinted that it might cost about as much compared to the base C8 as the later Z06 compared to the entry-level C7.

“The price will be announced soon,” Harlan said, according to a transcript from Corvette Blogger. “We haven’t finalized everything yet, but we’re telling people that if you’re used to comparing the previous gen Stingray to the Z06, base to base price, this shouldn’t be something you don’t think about. don’t wait. “

The Z06’s premium over the base C7 changed only slightly during its production, which spanned from the 2015 to 2019 model year, the end of the road for the front-engined Corvette. According to Kelley Blue Book, it cost around $ 80,000 at launch, while the base model cost around $ 55,000. During this time, 2019 models ran $ 80,590 versus $ 56,590 for the base model. That’s a pretty static difference of $ 24,000 to $ 25,000, and one that adds directly to the price of a 2022 C8 – which starts at $ 62,195 – which would come in at just over $ 86,000.

A Corvette with the most powerful naturally aspirated production V8 in history, however, was probably not as cheap to develop as the C7 Z06. You have to remember that this car shared its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with the Camaro ZL1, Cadillac CTS-V, and CT5-V Blackwing. There is probably a fairer way to estimate the price of the new Z06.

If you divide the MSRP of the C7 Z06 by that of the base C7 and multiply the result by the price of the base C8, you can get a potentially relevant estimate for the new Z06, which is around $ 88,572. Keywords: potentially, and estimate.

The fact that GM can even cut $ 90,000 with a car as big as the C8 Z06 is a testament to what GM can really do when it leans in and strives for a lofty goal. Now all that’s left to do is wait and see if my guesses are correct and if the Z06 really is as fast as the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, or as emotional as the Ferrari 458 Italia.

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