And it'll rev to 9,000 rpm.
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a car with respectable handling and power, not to mention pretty good looks, but as impressive as this base model of the Corvette lineup is, we're impatiently waiting for news on its more powerful, more focused siblings. We already know that there will be an electrified model called the E-Ray and that it'll be quicker from 0-60 than the Z06, but that won't stop red-blooded Americans from buying the lighter and more exciting Z06. Part of what makes the Z06 exciting is its powerplant, and we're pleased to announce that fresh rumors have emerged regarding the engine. Hint: it'll be epic.
According to Australia's Wheels magazine, the Z06 will be the first Corvette since the C4 ZR1 to feature an engine without pushrods. It is said to be closely related to Cadillac's Blackwing 4.2-liter V8. It's not the first time that the Blackwing name could have merged with a 'Vette, but this time it seems like it'll actually happen. However, the report says that the engine won't have turbos as in the Blackwing, but will be built on the same assembly line and will have different cylinder heads and a flat-plane crank. As such, it is rumored to be capable of revving to 9,000 rpm. Oh, and it will be the most powerful normally aspirated V8 with a whopping 616 horsepower.
This engine will be mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic for lightning-fast shifts. You can also expect a standard electronic limited-slip differential to help manage the power, as well as upgraded suspension, quicker steering, wider wheels shod in Michelin Cup rubber, and a wider track. Options will include carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon fiber wheels. To accommodate that wider track, the rear of the car will have wider bodywork, while the overall aero will also be reconsidered so that the Z06 is more capable on track than any other Vette. Could this finally be the American car to take the fight to the likes of Porsche and Ferrari? Realistically, no. But that won't stop it selling like hotcakes.