Infographic Shows 62 Years of Chevrolet Corvette Horsepower
From 150 hp to 650 hp.
Horsepower has always been an important part of the Chevrolet Corvette's reputation, and a new infographic from Spork shows how the all-American sports car's numbers have changed over its seven generations spanning from 1953 until today.
The Corvette with the least amount of horsepower was, predictably, the first-generation C1, which came with a 3.9-liter inline-six making just 150 hp—that's less than today's 2016 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan. On the other end of the spectrum, the most powerful Chevrolet Corvette ever is the current, C7-generation Corvette Z06, which makes a whopping 650 hp from its 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine.
During Chevy's 62 years and five generations between these two extremes, a few special Corvette models stand out. The car first breached the 400-hp barrier during the C2 generation, with a 425-hp Big Block V-8 offered on the 1965 Corvette Stingray. Tight emissions regulations during the 1970s neutered the C3 Corvette's V-8 engines, to a low of 165 hp from the 1975 Corvette's 5.7-liter small-block V-8. Things ramped up again with the C4 Corvette, which included the memorable ZR-1 Corvette with up to 405 hp from its LT5 V-8 engine. The first Corvette with more than 600 hp was the resurrected ZR1 that arrived for the C6 car, with 638 hp from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8.
Take a look at the interesting infographic for more information on Corvette horsepower through the years.