Chevrolet’s 2020 Corvette Stingray is an impressive super car in its own right. With its atmospheric 6.2L V8 LT2 engine developing 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet (637 Nm) of torque, it can propel the all-new Corvette from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under three second. But that’s only the beginning of the eight-generation Corvette story, as a significantly more powerful Corvette C8 Z06 is on the way.
According to a new report from Automobile, the upcoming Corvette C8 Z06 – the next step in the Corvette model hierarchy – will use a twin-turbo V8 making 800 horsepower (597 kW) and a torque figure “approaching or even surpassing” an afflictions 700 pound-feet (949 Nm). The publication states that the beastly Z06 is slated to be out in about two years’ time.
The report matches up to a GM Authority report from earlier this year, where we stated that the mid-engine Corvette C8 Z06 will be powered by a twin-turbo V8 DOHC known internally as the LT7. The aforementioned Automobile story mentions the engine, but does not touch on its displacement, which GM Authority has previously heard will be 5.5 liters, while also being based on the twin-turbo 4.2L V8 LTA DOHC – also known as the Blackwing engine. This motor is currently offered in the Cadillac CT6-V, where it maxes out at 550 horsepower (410 kW) and 627 pound-feet of torque.
|Corvette C7 Stingray||6.2L V8 LT1||OHV||Atmospheric||460||465|
|Corvette C7 Z06||6.2L V8 LT4||OHV||Supercharged||650||650|
|Corvettte C7 ZR1||6.2L V8 LT5||OHV||Supercharged||755||715|
|Corvette C8 Stingray||6.2L V8 LT2||OHV||Atmospheric||495||470|
|Corvette C8 Z06 (rumored)||5.5L V8 LT7||DOHC||Twin-Turbo||800||700|
|Cadillac CT6-V Blackwing V8||4.2L V8 LTA||DOHC||Twin-Turbo||550||627|
In any event, the rumored 800 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque will make for the more powerful Corvette in history. By comparison, the outgoing C7 Corvette Z06 makes “only” 650 horsepower (485 kW) and 650 pound-feet (479 Nm) of torque, while the C7 Corvette ZR1 offers up 755 horses and 715 pound-feet.
With those kinds of specs, we can only imagine the 0-60 mph figure for the Corvette C8 Z06. Meanwhile, we should also expect the beastly C8 to have all kinds of other upgrades, including more aggressive treatments for the body and for the Magnetic Ride Control dampers.
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