2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 Exhaust Rating Explained In A Short Video
The expectation for the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 continues to grow. We’ve seen countless videos and frankly, the wilder C8 couldn’t get to the metal soon enough. Chevy wants to add to that anticipation by releasing a short Corvette Academy video on one of the most talked about aspects of the new Z06: its exhaust note.
The video, embedded at the top of this page, attempts to explain the Science behind the glorious Corvette Z06 exhaust note, seen and heard at the recently concluded 106th Indianapolis 500. It’s not rocket science, should we say, but it’s not far from amazing.
Chevy stresses that it wants Corvette C8 Z06 owners to feel like they’re in an exotic car based on the vibrations they feel and the sound they hear. To accomplish this, the Z06’s exhaust goes into center-mounted tips (not available outside the US) or bezels that are part of the car’s rear fascia, designed to reflect sound back to the cockpit for this visceral experience.
It should be noted that the engine of the Z06 is the largest flat-crank V8 in the world. As Chevy says, it’s something that doesn’t exist in any other type of engine the company has had in the past.
Chevy also explains that there are two sets of valves that help alter the exhaust note depending on use – intake manifold valves and variable exhaust valves. These gates allow for adjustments in 2-degree increments, which translate to four exhaust note modes in the Z06. In contrast, the previous configuration was simply open and closed.
There are four exhaust modes: Weather, Tour, Sport and Track. The weather is the calmest of the four, made to make your neighbors always love you. The tour is a bit louder than the weather, while the sport is even angrier. For maximum aural pleasure, Track Mode opens all the floodgates so the driver can feel the maximum potential of the new Corvette Z06.
With Corvette’s configurator still not showing the Z06, we’re pretty sure aspiring owners are worried about when they’ll be able to get their hands on their glorious-sounding future supercar.