The C8 Corvette Z06 Sold Globally Will Feature Cadillac Escalade V’s Exhaust Outlets

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The mighty Cadillac Escalade V and the 2023 Corvette Z06 with its powerful flat-plane V8 engine may not seem to have much in common at first glance, especially when it comes to their outer appearance. However, recent observations by GM Authority reveal that the foreign-market Corvette Z06 models share exhaust tips with the supercharged Cadillac Escalade.

See for yourself below. The upcoming foreign-market Z06 has not been officially unveiled yet, thus there are no official images to compare. However, spy shots clearly show the striking similarities. The reason for the absence of a center-exit exhaust in the international Z06 models is due to the inclusion of gasoline particulate filters—an additional emissions control component. While the US models do not require GPFs, they have the space for a classic quad-tip, center-exit setup.

We have reached out to General Motors to confirm if the exhaust tips are identical, but have not received a response yet. GM has a reputation for sharing components across its vehicles, including the Corvette, but it is uncommon for such visible external features to be shared. Although the Z06 and Escalade V won’t be marketed in the same region with this setup, they may exchange parts; however, a direct physical comparison will likely remain virtual unless someone chooses to import an Escalade V into the UK.

The standard Corvette Stingrays come with quad tips in a similar design to the export-oriented Z06, but they are not the same as the ones shown here. The 6.2-liter LT2-powered C8s feature slightly smaller squircle-shaped tips. For comparison, the US-spec Z06s with their center-exit exhaust system have been included as well.

Is this a noteworthy development? Not particularly. The exhaust tips look appealing, the vehicles will not be available in the same markets, and it’s commendable that GM is making efforts to compensate for the absence of the car’s original exhaust setup. This appears to be more of a logical decision than mere convenience in part-sharing.

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