C8 Corvette Z06 Will Have Over 600 Horsepower

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And it will sound like a Ferrari.

Deliveries of the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray have finally started, and owners are quickly discovering that Chevrolet's new mid-engine masterpiece offers a lot of bang for your buck. Starting at $58,900, the C8 Corvette packs a 6.2-liter V8 cranking out 495 horsepower with the Z51 package, enabling the mid-engine sports car to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 2.9 seconds.

However, one owner recently discovered the C8 Corvette is even faster than Chevrolet claims. Another managed to keep up with a Porsche 911 GT3 RS at the Willow Springs race track. If the entry-level C8 Stingray can achieve this level of performance, just imagine what the new Z06 Corvette will be capable of.

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According to Car and Driver, the next-generation Corvette Z06 will be powered by a naturally aspirated DOHC 32-valve 5.5-liter V8. Yes, that's the same powerplant as the Corvette C8.R race car. It will also have a flat-plane crank like a Ferrari V8 and rev between 8,500 and 9,000 rpm, so it should sound sublime.

While the current Stingray produces 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, the new Z06 is expected to have over 600 hp on tap, which will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. As for performance, the new Z06 is reportedly being benchmarked against the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, so it should be capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in around 2.7 seconds.

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Visually, the new Z06 will feature wider fenders, beefier brakes, retuned suspension tune, and upgraded powertrain cooling, while new active aerodynamics will keep it glued to the track. The next-generation Corvette Z06 is expected to go on sale in early 2021 as a 2022 model, but this could change since the coronavirus pandemic is causing mass disruption to the auto industry right now, delaying several new GM models.

Pricing should start at around $85,000. It will be the first of several new higher-performance variants of the C8 Corvette. After the Z06, the new ZR1 will become the new range-topper of the mid-engine C8 family. Rumors suggest the new ZR1 will utilize a high-performance hybrid system to increase the output to 900 hp.

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Source Credits: Car and Driver

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