Next-gen Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Could Deliver 800 Hp

Published on August 27, 2019 in News by Guillaume Rivard

The Chevrolet Corvette is back in the news after one media outlet suggested that the eighth-generation Z06 will launch in late 2021 as a 2022 model with 800 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque, maybe more.

According to Automobile, Chevrolet will use an evolution of the twin-turbocharged 4.2-litre “Blackwing” V8 that powers the most potent Cadillac cars, though it will probably bear a different name (LT7?) to avoid any conflict with GM’s luxury brand.

Displacement is also expected to increase to 5.5 litres, as we mentioned in a previous story that immediately followed the launch of the 2020 Corvette last month.

If true, that means the next Corvette Z06 will generate 150 horsepower and 50 pound-feet of torque more than the current front-engine Z06, which is rated at 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet thanks to a supercharged 6.2-litre LT4 V8. It would also be a massive step up from the base Stingray, whose naturally aspirated 6.2-litre LT2 V8 produces up to 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

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Considering the latter accelerates from 0-96 km/h in less than three seconds, can you imagine how fast the new Z06 will be?

Automobile even claims that Chevrolet could add two gears to the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. What about the return of a manual gearbox? Don’t hold your breath.

By the way, the most powerful Corvette right now is the 2019 Corvette ZR1, which uses a 6.2-litre LT5 engine to crank out 755 ponies and 715 pound-feet. The same website predicts the next-generation ZR1 will come a year or two after the Z06, “potentially packing a hybrid drivetrain, all-wheel drive, and more than 1,000 horsepower.”

Welcome to the new reality of high-performance cars!

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