2023 Corvette Z06 Is Here: Does the BMW M4 CSL Stand a Chance?


I nonetheless keep in mind driving the C8 Corvette Stingray and realizing what a recreation changer it’s. For below $70,000, the Corvette Stingray presents prospects a mid-engine supercar with 500 horsepower, a dual-clutch transmission, and a 0-60 mph time of below three seconds. I distinctly remembering asking myself “Why would anybody purchase an M4 as a substitute?” I nonetheless don’t have a solution to that query. So now that the Corvette Z06 has been revealed, and journalists have gotten their grubby paws on it, a brand new query arises—why would anybody purchase an M4 CSL as a substitute?

Right here’s the rundown of the brand new 2023 Corvette Z06 actually fast. It’s a wider, decrease, stiffer, extra track-focused model of the C8 Corvette and it will get an all-new engine. For the primary time in historical past, Chevrolet is providing a flat-plane crank V8, changing the outdated cross-plane crank, pushrod V8s of yesteryear. Due to that new flat-plane crank design, the brand new 5.5-liter V8 revs to eight,500 rpm and makes 670 horsepower. From a naturally aspirated engine. That really makes it essentially the most highly effective naturally aspirated V8 on the planet. In keeping with Chevy, the Z06 nails 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. That’s sooner than any manufacturing BMW in historical past.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

However it additionally will get stiffer bushing, stiffer springs, reworked MagnaRide dampers, large 345-section rear tires, and an enormous suite of modifications to the chassis. It’s now stiffer, sharper, and much more succesful than earlier than.

Let’s evaluate that to the BMW M4 CSL for a second. The M4 CSL is the quickest, most hardcore model of the brand new M4, itself the quickest, most succesful M3/M4 ever made. Its 3.0-liter twin-turbo I6 makes 543 horsepower and it’s additionally lighter, stiffer, and extra track-focused than ever earlier than. The M4 CSL hits 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and it additionally options reworked suspension, steering, and brakes, to make it sharper and extra aggressive than the usual M4. Its super-aggressive Michelin Cup 2 tires are ultra-sticky in dry climate and it has a little bit of added aero.

Each vehicles are additionally about the identical weight, round 3,600 lbs. That provides the Z06 a much better power-to-weight ratio, as a consequence of having much more energy, and its mid-engine design can be extra aerodynamic. So the Z06 has a couple of pure benefits.

Nevertheless, right here’s the kicker, and the actual cause why I ask why anybody would purchase the M4 CSL—the Corvette is cheaper. Not by a lot admittedly, but it surely’s nonetheless cheaper. The Z06 begins at $127,185, whereas the M4 CSL begins at $140,895. Whereas $13,000 won’t look like a lot within the grand scheme of six-figure, extremely particular sports activities vehicles, it’s not an insignificant sum of money, both. Plus, when the cheaper automobile offers you extra energy, extra efficiency, and (sorry, M4 homeowners) higher appears, it actually begins to appear just like the much better worth.

In fact, pricing is kind of a moot level with each vehicles as a result of snagging an allocation for both is nigh-impossible and sellers are seemingly going to mark them each up with eye-watering ADM (Adjusted Vendor Markup). Nevertheless, even with that mentioned, the Z06 goes to be simpler to get, because it isn’t restricted. BMW is simply making 1,000 CSLs, whereas Chevy isn’t limiting the Z06. So if you need the CSL however can’t get one, the Z06 will probably be there for you.

I haven’t pushed both automobile simply but, so I gained’t say that the Z06 is completely the higher purchase (though, I’ll be driving the M4 CSL in November and will probably be asking Chevy for a Z06 as quickly as attainable). Nevertheless, I’ve pushed each the Corvette Stingray Z51 and the M4 Competitors and there’s no query I’d purchase the previous over the latter, because it’s simply the extra enjoyable automobile to drive. The Corvette is objectively a greater automobile and that’s coming from somebody who likes the M4 rather a lot. The M4 is sweet, the Corvette is nice. And when you extrapolate that out to their higher-performance fashions, you could be asking your self the identical query I’m.


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