We never doubted that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette would eventually sprout faster, more powerful versions, and now our colleagues at Motor Trend have the inside scoop on power figures. According to Motor Trend, Z06 and ZR1 models based on the new seventh-generation Corvette could crack 600- and 700-hp, respectively.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette (pictured) uses a new 6.2-liter V-8 called the LT1, which will produce 450 hp. But that will look like nothing compared to the performance versions MT predicts. A next-generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is expected to retain its 7.0-liter V-8 and produce anywhere from 550 to 600 hp. And the top-dog Corvette ZR1 could be rated for 675 to 700 hp; it will use a supercharged version of the new LT1 V-8 that could be called LT5.
The outgoing 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 extracts 505 hp from its 7.0-liter V-8 engine. The Corvette ZR1 manages 638 hp from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8.
Of course, Chevrolet wants to keep some distance between the various Corvette models, so it will deliberately stagger the outputs of its cars. If the Corvette ZR1 "only" manages to produce, say, 675 hp on Chevrolet's dynos, the Z06 will reportedly be tuned for about 550 hp to create a big power divide between the models. But if Chevrolet can get 700 hp or more from the ZR1, expect a Corvette Z06 with 600 hp.
MT suggests that the Corvette Z06 will make its debut in about a year, and the ZR1 will follow after that. First, though, Chevrolet plans to introduce a convertible version of the 2014 Corvette at next month's Geneva Motor Show.
Source: Motor Trend