The first example of the new right-hand drive Corvette Z06 has arrived in Australia – missing a key ingredient from US models – before they hit the showroom later this year or early next year.
The first right-hand drive 2024 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The powerful V8 supercar has arrived in Australia for customer previews ahead of arrival in local showrooms in late 2023 or early 2024.
General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) has yet to determine the arrival date – or pricing – for the Corvette Z06 in Australia.
But Chevrolet’s factory-supported local division says the first examples of the new Z06 to be delivered to customers will be 2024 model year cars – which would suggest the first Australian showrooms to arrive in late 2023 or early 2024, while it closes delays.
GMSV has confirmed that all Australian Corvette Z06s will be sold in the top-of-the-line range available in the US, known as the 3LZ.
Compared to an equivalent top-of-the-range ‘3LT’ version of the standard Corvette Stingray, the Corvette Z06 3LZ is 50 per cent more expensive before tax – which would mean around AU$300,000 plus road costs. compared to AU$175,000 for a Stingray 3LT coupe.
Standard features of the Corvette Z06 heading to Australia are expected to include a carbon fiber accented steering wheel, carbon fiber shift paddles, microfiber interior accents, leather wrapped interior doors and instrument panels, and “GT2” bucket seats with Nappa leather upholstery.
These images of a white right hand drive Z06 were taken in Australia over the past few days and were shared by GMSV this afternoon.
It is this car that will be used for dealer demonstrations and customer previews.
Hardcore fans of the Corvette Z06 will find that the Aussie-bound example is missing a key ingredient: the mid-mount quad-outlet exhaust system found on the US models.
As reported by drive In October 2022, Chevrolet Corvette Z06s sold in “some” export markets will lose the US mid-exit exhaust in favor of a system closer to the Corvette Stingray, with dual exhaust pipes on either side of the rear bumper.
The dual external exhaust system – pictured above on the Australian specification Corvette Z06 – naturally features an emission-reducing petrol particulate filter to meet stringent European emissions standards (Euro 6d).
It will also likely help meet European and Australian vehicle noise regulations, which are stricter than those in the US.
It remains to be seen if the exhaust change will deliver less performance on examples of the Corvette Z06 sold in Australia compared to those in the US.
The Corvette Z06 in the US is powered by a bespoke 5.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 with a flat crankshaft, 500 kW and 624 Nm, driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Chevrolet claims a 0-60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration time of 2.6 seconds and a benchmark quarter mile (402 m) sprint in 10.6 seconds.
The Corvette Stingray is not sold in Australia with a petrol particulate filter equipped exhaust – it meets local regulations without the additional emission device.
The right-hand drive Corvette Z06 show car also features the Z07 Performance Package, featuring carbon fiber aerodynamic elements (including a rear wing), carbon fiber brake discs and a unique chassis tune.
It also comes with five-spoke carbon fiber alloy wheels made by Geelong-based company Carbon Revolution.
These items are paid options in the US – but it’s not clear if they’ll be standard or optional in Australia.
The right-hand drive 2024 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 show car is scheduled to be on display throughout the year in Australia, with first showrooms expected late this year or early next year.
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