Renew: Chevrolet responded shortly after publishing this article. The automaker said in a statement that “To meet very strong demand, Chevrolet is undertaking a scalable launch for the 2023 Corvette Z06. Thus, the building allocation for the 2022 calendar year has been filled. We’ll continue to notify our dealers and customers when we’re ready to schedule additional orders for production.” Customers can still order the Z06 with dealers; however, they won’t be continuing with the system to be built in 2022.
A new report from Rick Corvette Conti on YouTube and Corvette Blogger says that Chevrolet has closed orders for the 2023 Corvette Z06. According to the report, Chevrolet Global President Scott Bell allegedly informed dealers via webcast that the automaker would stop taking new orders for the 2023 Z06 until end of year.
Motor1.com have contacted Chevrolet for a statement regarding the report, and we will update the story if and when we hear back. Chevrolet is suspected of planning to slowly increase production of the Z06, building fewer examples than originally planned. This will allow Chevy to properly launch the vehicle as the industry faces supply chain woes and limited supplies. However, Chevy allegedly plans to build and sell more Corvettes of this generation than ever before, including the Z06.
The Bow Tie brand introduced the Z06 in October 2021. It packs GM’s new 5.5-liter LT6 flat-plane crankshaft all-aluminum V8 engine. The naturally aspirated mill produces 670 horsepower (500 kilowatts) and 460 pound-feet (623 Newton-meters) of torque. The powertrain can propel the Corvette Z06 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 2.6 seconds.
Chevy opened the Z06 order book in mid-July when it announced the car’s starting price. The automaker will offer the Z06 Coupe and Z06 Convertible in three trims – 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ – starting at $106,395 and $113,895, respectively. The top-tier 3LZ trim starts at $120,245 for the coupe and $127,235 for the convertible. All prices include a $1,395 destination fee.
The Z07 Performance Pack will also be available, but customers will also have to purchase a visible or unlocked Carbon Aero Pack. The Performance Pack adds Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Michelin Pilot Cup 2R ZP tires, and an upgraded suspension for an additional $8,995. The Visible Carbon Fiber package is a $10,495 option, while the painted package is cheaper at $8,495.
Chevrolet says the new Corvette Z06 will go on sale this summer. While the unofficial end of the season in the US passes with Labor Day weekend, fall doesn’t officially start until September 22 this year.