Time for Corvette enthusiasts and car purists to rejoice — 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is coming out with a naturally-aspirated V8!
Chevy will presumably borrow the engine from the C8.R race car. The unit is a 5.5-liter V8 flat-plane crank, producing 625 hp and 657 Nm of torque according to a leaked spec-sheet from GM.
The numbers don’t quite match up to the Supercharged C7 Z06 (650 hp, 877 Nm). However, the new engine is one of the highest-revving V8 on the market, with a redline of 9000 rpm. And purists seem to can’t get enough of high-revving machines. If the figures are legitimate, it would be the most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 surpassing the 526 hp Shelby Voodoo V8.
There is one thing that may bug Chevy fans, though, and that’s the transmission. Chevrolet will probably only utilize a dual-clutch automatic gearbox instead of a manual. But after many other manufacturers dropping the stick shift these days, I guess we might have to accept the fact that manuals won’t grace sports cars anymore.
Still, potential customers will have other things to drool over. According to spy shots, there seem to be two models with different aero parts and separate exhaust systems.
Moreover, hints from various sources suggest that the Z06 will have a carbon-fiber body as well as carbon fiber wheels, brakes, and aero parts options.
Chevy will probably source its carbon-fiber wheels from an Australian company called Carbon Revolution. Interestingly, they also manufacture wheels for the Ferrari 488 Pista and the Mustang GT350.
But what about a Corvette with even more power? Don’t worry; Chevy prepares a twin-turbocharged ZR1 as well. According to Jonny Lieberman from MotorTrend, that model would come next year and have north of 800 hp.
Also, a hybrid variant of the twin-turbocharged C8 ZR1 with auxiliary electric motor(s) might reach the 1000 hp mark. The name of this model might be Zora, as a tribute to the father of Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov.
The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most iconic supercars from the land of America. It continues to be one of the flagbearers of the supercar world by offering similar or even better performance at a lower price when compared to its European competitors like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and the likes. And the world can’t get enough of it!
Bring on the V8 symphony!