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The first Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2024 arrives in Australia

The factory that first built the right-drive Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to Australia is running promotional campaigns, before starting to deliver to customers.

Z06 will be the flagship of GMSV’s wider Corvette 2024 rangewill be updated during the year with more personalization options than the first batch offered.

Unlike the Silverado pickup, GM produces the right-hand drive Corvette at its Bowling Green plant in the United States.

‘Vette Z06’ is a more focused version of the company’s mid-engine hero, which sits above the Stingray. It comes with a naturally aspirated, dual cam, naturally aspirated 5.5 liter V8 with flat cranks and a high speed red line at 8600 rpm, unlike the 6.2 liter LT2 V8 of the LT2. Stingray.

The bespoke naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine produces a whopping 500kW of power and 624Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed DCT transmission. A version of this engine has been used on the Corvette C8.R race car since 2019.

Australian versions of the Corvette Z06 will all be fitted with the 3LZ flagship equipment cover, GM Specialty Vehicle Australia says. With the optional Z07 package – also standard in Australia – fitted, the Z06 is capable of accelerating from 0-60mp/h (0-96km/h) in just 2.6 seconds.

The standard Z07 Performance Package means carbon ceramic propellers, carbon fiber aerodynamics, unique suspension tuning, extreme performance tires and optional carbon fiber wheels (Made in Australia by the Carbon Revolution).

“This new Z06 shows what customers in Australia and New Zealand can expect from the Z06 MY24, as we will offer the 3LZ version as standard,” said GM Specialty Vehicle director Greg Rowe.

This gives a microfiber, carbon fiber steering wheel and gearshift paddles for the upper interior, leather interior door panels and GT2 bucket seats wrapped in Nappa leather and carbon fiber trim.

However, the white Australian Z06 doesn’t have the centered 4-pipe exhaust system like on American models.

Mr Rowe added: “The Z06 will be circling Melbourne and surrounding areas over the next few weeks and Corvette fans and performance car enthusiasts are welcome to stop and snap a photo as they go. Check out this amazing new car.

As far as Z06’s specific arrival time is concerned, GMSV did not provide a date, other than to say that “arrival time is yet to be confirmed and supply will be very limited. We will be able to share more details at a later date.” That usually means it’s a long way off, possibly as late as 2023.

Regarding the price, we have the United States as a guide. There, the Corvette Z06 coupe in 3LT specs costs 55% more than the Corvette Stingray 3LT.

Last year’s Corvette Stingray 3LT cost AU$180,000, suggesting you won’t get much of a change from $300,000 for a Z06 as the 2024 models will be more expensive.

In addition to the Corvette Stingray and Z06, has the recently released Corvette E-Ray Hybrid V8 has been confirmed for sale in Australia, although it is likely not until 2024.

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