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Rumor mills were abuzz when Muscle Cars and Trucks announced that the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, to be launched in fall 2021, would be equipped with an 800-horsepower V8 engine. However, it seems that the spot is reserved for the ZR1. While the Stingray has already caused a lot of speculations to find their way into the minds of the fans, there have been a lot of false facts and shots in the dark that has created a lot of problems for Chevrolet to counter.
The Stingray Way
Chevrolet’s C8 Corvette lineup started this year with the introduction of the new mid-engined Stingray that hosted a new LT2 powertrain. The 6.2L V8 engine delivered 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Not only that, its lighter chassis and an upgraded adaptive suspension granted performance that will make the 911 GT3 tip its hat to the ‘Vette. Though the Stingray is said to go on sale in early 2020, pre-orders are already piling up and Chevrolet has got their hands full keeping up with the demand.
A bigger beast in the Future
With such a warm reception for the entry-level C8 Corvette, rumors quickly spread that the subsequent Z06 and ZR1 Corvettes will be even more powerful. Chevrolet revealed the C8.R Corvette race car for the Daytona, making its debut in January. The car used a flat-plane-crank 5.5L V8 that packs in 500 hp. Chevrolet has confirmed that a twin-turbo version of this engine will go into production. The DOHC 5.5L twin-turbo mill will produce more than 800 horsepower. Though it was rumored to belong to the Z06, Chevrolet’s recent announcement suggests that it is more likely to be under the hood of the ZR1. The Z06 that makes its way to showrooms in 2021 will receive a smaller 4.2L twin-turbo V8 powertrain.
What other surprises does the C8 have?
Although it is now clear where the massive power will find its way, there are still reports of even more powerful trims being added to the C8 Corvette lineup. After McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche have dealt their hands, Chevrolet is all set to bring in its own hybrid supercar. Dubbed the Zora, after Zora Arkus-Duntov who is widely regarded as the Father of Modern Corvettes, the trim will host the behemoth LT4 5.5-liter mill working in tandem with an electric motor. This would allow a whopping 1,000 horsepower for the driver to behold. That would make it the most powerful Corvette(and American performance car) ever. Though there are still several months before the car hits the tarmac, we would love to see it do a lap of the Nurburgring.
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