A magnificent feat in performance engineering, the 2024 Chevy Corvette Z06 expands on its eighth-generation features with some significant improvements that increase its overall value. This update brings added intrigue for those shopping for a supercar with the price of a sports car, as Chevy is pushing the boundaries of what the Corvette Z06 brings to the table as it competes with other high-end sports cars like the Porsche 911, the Audi R8, and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. This latest model year makes the Z06 the most feature-rich version of this popular sports car since the first generation debut back in 1963.
New for 2024 Z06 are a number of new features, including the rear camera mirror as a standard feature on all trims. Many of the driver assistance features are also now standard, including bicyclist braking, front pedestrian braking, automatic emergency braking, IntelliBeam with auto high-beams, lane keeping assistance, lane departure warnings, forward collision alert, and a following distance indicator. You also have an engine appearance package for both the Coupe and Convertible iterations of this vehicle, as well as five all-new exterior accent and body colors, including Riptide Blue Metallic, Cacti Green, and Sea Wolf Gray. Also available all-new is a power hood pull-down, an Artemis interior with green accents, and available carbon fiber wheels with a red stripe that pair with carbon ceramic brakes.
These kinds of features give the 2024 Corvette Z06 a lot more variety for personalization and utility, including the improved standard safety features and new color and accessory options. This performance sports car is available in 14 different colors, including Arctic White, Black, Torch Red, Silver Flare Metallic, Cacti Green, Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic, Hypersonic Gray Metallic, Carbon Flash Metallic, Riptide Blue Metallic, Rapid Blue, Accelerate Yellow Metallic, Amplify Orange Tintcoat, and Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, and you can get your Z06 in three different trims and two different formats: 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ in either coupe or convertible.
The naturally aspirated powertrain of the 2024 Corvette Z06 relies on its brand's reliability since it doesn't have turbochargers or superchargers. What you end up with is an extremely efficient mid-engine powertrain with a 5.5-liter displacement in a V8 layout that makes 670 hp at 460 lb-ft of torque. This V8 is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission in rear-wheel drive.
With a carefully designed small block engine featuring multi-phase oil scavenging, this powertrain will provide optimal performance with as little wear and tear to the engine components as possible. This means being able to take advantage of the Z06's highly tuned track capabilities without worrying about blowing out the engine or destroying the drivetrain from frequent use. The added efficiency of the flat-plane crankshaft for balanced airflow and rotational inertia also means that this engine is capable of delivering steady output through a highly tuned power band for maximum application of its 8,600 RPM redline, so you get an amazing off-the-line acceleration of zero to sixty in just 2.6 seconds and hair-raising top speeds for those who enjoy a fast-paced track experience.
Top speeds and lightning-fast acceleration are great, but what good is power without control? Thankfully, the Z06 is finely tuned to accommodate precision handling on and off the track; this is thanks not only to the StabiliTrak stability and traction control system but also the inclusion of the Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0, which features electronically controlled damping to dynamically adapt the suspension every millisecond for near-instantaneous adjustments. This works in concert with the driver so that you have a synergy between man and machine behind your speed, handling, and performance—and thanks to the availability of a built-in performance data recorder, you can very easily monitor and get feedback on how well you perform on the road or the track and what adjustments can be made to get the most out of your Z06.
The design of the 2024 Chevy Corvette Z06 has evolved from the lines and elements of the silhouette from the seventh generation Corvette. However, the switch to a mid-engine design for the eighth-gen makes for improved performance and stability, thanks to being slightly longer and slightly wider than the previous version. The wider footprint improves handling and stability, while the more aerodynamic design helps with downforce and control at higher speeds.
Even with a greater focus on enhanced performance, the 2024 Corvette Z06 still manages to retain its undeniable style that has helped reshape expectations in the sports car segment. You can get the Z06 in three trims as a hard-top coupe or as a convertible with a removable hard-top; both iterations are available with a number of appearance packages—including ten different racing stripe colors and variations—if you want to give your Corvette Z06 a distinct look. The dealer-appointed appearance packages are available in red, sterling silver, carbon, carbon metallic, and edge yellow.
Additionally, if you want the look of your Z06 to have greater distinction, there are nine different wheel options available in different rim designs and colors. The 20-inch aluminum wheels for the front and 21-inch wheels for the rear are available in either spider-design or five-spoke designs, and you can get them in carbon fiber, satin graphite forged aluminum, tech-bronze forged aluminum, titanium satin forged aluminum, or black forged aluminum.
If you really want to push the Z06 to its limits, you also have the Z07 Performance Package, with Z07 Magnetic Selective Ride Control, a specially tuned suspension, performance carbon ceramic Brembo anti-lock brakes, and dark-gray-metallic-painted brake calipers; this package also comes with electronically controlled damping, performance traction management with an adjustable drive mode selector, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup run-flat performance summer tires. Alternatively, if you really want to spruce up the look of your Z06, there is the Jake C8.R Graphics Package, featuring a tone-on-tone center hood stripe in carbon flash metallic featuring the Jake logo—the ultimate visual show of performance engineering.
Lots of power without comfort or convenience is one of the quickest ways to turn someone off of a high-end, high-spec machine. The wondrous part about the 2024 Chevy Corvette Z06 is that its engineers did not forego the comfort levels of the Z06 in absolute favor of a performance-driven machine; there is a fine balance between a substantial amount of stylistic comfort features that drive the rich interior of the 2024 Z06.
You have up to 21 different interior color and material options, ranging from Napa leather seating with perforated inserts to seats with perforated suede microfiber inserts. There are also available GT2 bucket seats or competition sport bucket seats for when you need that extra contour grip as you encounter 1.22 Gs while hugging those corner-gripping turns. You can also choose from a number of different color combinations for the interior, from Adrenaline Red and Sky Cool to Tension Blue and Artemis and various other colors and combos between them.
The Z06 is comfort-focused with its eight-way power front seats, available carbon fiber interior trimming package, and available carbon fiber and leather (or suede microfiber) steering wheel. Front seat power lumbar support along with front seat memory settings are standard on the 2LZ and 3LZ trims for when you make adjustments that are perfectly attuned to the way you drive your Z06. In addition to a suite of driver assistance features made standard with the Chevy Safety Assist, you also have a complete infotainment suite...
From wireless smartphone charging and a projecting heads-up display to performance profiles, a digital cluster, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, you have everything you need to make use of the vehicle's health, entertainment, and navigation systems. These features are all powered by Google Built-In. Even more, you can get the available Bose premium audio system to hear your favorite tunes and podcasts while you blaze the track or take the Z06 out for an afternoon drive.