Corvette Z06 Won't Be Chevy's Halo Car For Much Longer

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Not one, but two new Chevy sports cars are coming in 2024.

As a halo sports car that can legitimately challenge some exotics costing over double the price, it doesn't get much better than the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Its 670-horsepower flat-plane crank V8 gives it one of the quickest 0-60 times (2.6 seconds) for any modern car that isn't an EV. But there is much more to come from Chevy based on comments made by GM President Mark Reuss at GM's Investor Day presentation in New York City.

Two new Chevy sports cars are said to be on the way in 2024, one described as "the next version of the C8" and another that is based on the C8's architecture, and which will "set the standard of the world for performance for Chevrolet."

With GM only planning to phase out combustion engines by 2035, these new supercars could be a fine way to celebrate the ICE era.

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According to Fox News, Reuss went on to call the second car an "incredible performance car," but he did not refer to it as a Corvette. Including rumors of a supercar version of the C8 that could have over 1,000 horsepower, it all amounts to some bold claims from the American automaker.

The current Corvette C8 tops out at over $150,000 in Z06 form with the most expensive options. That's a lot of money for a Chevy, but you'll pay far more for the top Porsche 911 Turbo S, and even more for one of Lamborghini or Ferrari's exotics. This seems to be the realm that Reuss was hinting at, but will people really pay that much for a Chevrolet?

Also under GM's stable, Cadillac will push into new territory with the $300,000 Celestiq, so perhaps GM's overall strategy is to create ultra-aspirational vehicles for several of its brands.

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While not much more is known about the mysterious supercars, we do know that the hybrid Corvette rumored to be called the E-Ray is still on the way. Previous sources suggest an output of 650 hp from a combination of the LT2 V8 and an electronic motor, and a 0-60 time of just two seconds. It's difficult to see how Chevy could improve on this time, but perhaps at least one of the cars will come with a restyled body and a more upscale interior to justify its positioning in Chevy's lineup. Another possibility is a new Corvette ZR1 which is rumored to produce 850 horses.

What is obvious is that the C8's mid-engine chassis was always capable of handling a lot more power than the original model's 490 hp, and the new supercar version of the C8 could fully realize the potential of this platform.

With a 2024 arrival, we won't have to wait too long to see what Chevy is cooking up.

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