Sunday, February 28, 2021
News New C8 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 To Get 615HP 5.5L Flat-Plane Crank V8

New C8 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 To Get 615HP 5.5L Flat-Plane Crank V8

The high-performance versions of the C8 Chevrolet Corvette, namely the Z06 and ZR1, are coming into focus

  • The actual output is not yet confirmed but will range between 615- and 625 horsepower.

  • The V8’s redline is set at 9,000 rpm.

  • The 2023 ZR1 will slap two turbos on this V8 for up to 850 horsepower.

And there’s more, too. GM will take the C8 Corvette over to the electrified side. We’ve all heard rumours of the hybrid and fully-electric versions of the Vette. The plug-in hybrid is planned for 2023 while the electric one is excepted for 2024. For the moment, it’s the internal-combustion engine Corvettes that we want to talk about today.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray | Photo: Chevrolet

Everyone has a favorite Corvette and depending on who you speak to, the answer will vary. In our experience, the lesser-powerful version is the best-driving one. In other words, the 2022 Corvette Z06 will probably the most exciting if mostly because of its flat-plane crank naturally-aspirated 5.5-litre V8 lifted from the C8.R race car. With between 615- and 625 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque at its disposal, and a 9,000 redline, it will be a screamer. According to Motor Trend, there will be extra go-fast options to be had as well.

The ZR1 living-legend will return for the 2023 model year. Its recipe will be simple enough as the Z06’s 5.5-litre V8 will see a pair of turbos added to it. Output is reported to range between 825- and 850 horsepower which will make it an incredibly fast car.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray | Photo: Chevrolet

As for the electrified versions, the Hybrid will likely consist of an AWD layout with an electric motor on the front axle making it the first AWD Corvette ever. Output should come close to 800 horsepower. The 2024 electric Corvette, which could be called the E-Ray, should be quite potent as well but not as much as the 2025 Zora. This one will combine electric power and ICE power for well over 1,000 horsepower.

Chevrolet Corvette fans have plenty to rejoice about.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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