C8 Corvette ZR1 Might Pack 850 Horsepower From Twin-Turbo V8: Report


Chevy has loads deliberate for the C8 Corvette, a lot in order that it may be simple to lose observe of all of it. There’s the upcoming Z06, which was not too long ago revealed, a fully-electric mannequin is within the works, and in addition an all-wheel drive hybrid mannequin. Based on this current report from Muscle Vehicles and Vans, who declare to have “bulletproof” sources, there will likely be one other, much more excessive, track-ready mannequin — the upcoming ZR1, which is reported to pack 850 horsepower from its twin-turbo V8.

This supposed Corvette ZR1 is alleged to make use of the identical 5.5 liter flat-plane crank V8 as the brand new Corvette Z06, Chevy’s all-new, high-tech engine. Within the Z06, the brand new V8 is naturally-aspirated and makes 670 horsepower however this report claims the ZR1 will get two turbochargers to make its aforementioned 850 horsepower. This report additionally claims all 850 horses will undergo Chevy’s Tremec eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, the identical one used within the present C8 Corvette Stingray, and energy solely its rear wheels. If that is true, the reported Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R tires will likely be needed.

If any of that is true, the Corvette ZR1 would be the most excessive track-oriented Corvette and essentially the most highly effective rear-wheel drive Corvette in historical past, able to tackle no matter excessive 911 GT3 RS Porsche is engaged on. Even crazier, it is may not even be essentially the most highly effective upcoming C8-generation Corvette.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

As not too long ago said by GM President Mark Reuss, there will likely be a fully-electric Corvette, probably known as the E-Ray, and a hybrid Corvette, which might debut as early as subsequent yr. Being {that a} hybrid ‘Vette has been confirmed, if it have been to make use of the identical 5.5 liter V8, with at the very least one electrical motor and all-wheel drive, it is not outdoors the realm of risk for it to make 1,000 horsepower or extra. Even the Z06, sans turbos, pushes almost 700 horses, so electrical motors might simply make up the distinction to pump out four-figure horsepower.

In fact, that is all simply hypothesis at this level, as Chevy hasn’t confirmed any such ZR1 with any such energy determine, nor has it confirmed the horsepower of another upcoming Corvette. Nevertheless, if rumors are true, it is thrilling to consider the way forward for the Corvette.

We have reached out to Chevy for touch upon this story, and can replace it as wanted, but it surely appears doable a 911 GT3 RS-slaying Corvette ZR1 may very well be on the way in which, bringing hypercar-levels of energy.


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