Will The New ZR1 Really Have 850 Horsepower?

May 19, 2022 2 min read
Will The New ZR1 Really Have 850 Horsepower?

We’re going to have to wait a while to find out.

Recently Chevrolet has been making a lot of promises about the latest iteration of the Corvette, such as "we pinky promise it probably won't blow up this time." Of course, this is just a joke, as no branch of GM can safely say that their cars will last for more than a few minutes after the initial purchase. So instead, the boldest claims surrounding America's favorite sports car have to be the ridiculous horsepower figure linked to the Newest ZR1. We all know about the Z06, which comes with a massive 670 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful naturally aspirated engines ever put in a production car. Some secret whistleblowers have leaked that this V8 may be used in the ZR1, with a touch of modification.

Powering the new ZR1 might be the same 5.5-liter V8 with an added twin-turbocharging system which would produce a ton of horsepower. To be exact, the engine should be producing somewhere in the ballpark of 850 horsepower. This would be way more powerful than any other Corvette currently in production though there are rumors of a +1000 horsepower hybrid model. Because of the C8's initial sales success, Chevy has been driving up a lot of hype about the cars. This leads us to our more realistic and severely less exciting point. Unfortunately, this news did not actually come from any traceable source.

Instead, this information is from the mouth of Muscle Cars & Trucks, which states "reliable sources" when asked where they got the specs. This was probably a leak from Chevy to build up excitement for the car or just a radical theory. However, the car won't even be produced until 2025-2026, which would conflict with the brand's current fixation on electrification. With all of this in mind, will the Corvette ZR1 actually come with 850 horsepower? The answer is that no one really knows but that most rumors have some truth, so we may see a twin-turbo 'Vette rolling off the factory line in the years to come.

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