Chevrolet Corvette C8 ZR1: 850 hp

Chevrolet Corvette C8 ZR1: 850 hp

09 May 2022 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier
Chevrolet Corvette 2023 zr1

Since the very beginning of the current generation Corvette, General Motors has been meticulous about its way of unveiling information. However, after three years in the making, the C8 Corvette's future started to become clearer, and rumors about the ZR1 version finally leaked on the web. This more extreme version of the American supercar is expected to arrive somewhere in 2023, which make sense since the Z06 version is already out. Nevertheless, unlike the previous generation, the ZR1 shouldn’t be the ultimate alteration of the Corvette since a more powerful EV version is expected for 2024. 


Nothing has been confirmed yet by General Motors, but we think the ZR1 2023 Corvette could be powered by a twin-turbo version of the engine currently found in the Z06 version. There is too much information on the web for it not to be. We already know it's going to feature a Dual Overhead Cam configuration with 32 valves which is a bit unusual for a Corvette.


This is possible thanks to the position of the motor, which doesn’t need to be as low as it used to be in the previous-gen sports car. There are already some estimated numbers for the power. As you read in the title, we talk about 850 hp, which is a lot, even for a car like the Corvette. In fact, the only thing we are sure we won’t find under the hood of the Corvette ZR1 at this point is an electric motor. In my opinion, therefore, this car will be one of the greatest sports cars of its era since it’s probably going to be one of the last of its kind.


In comparison, the previous Corvette ZR1 was powered by a supercharged 6.2L V-8 with 755 hp, which is very impressive indeed. However, the new twin-turbo LT7 5.5L V-8 has a greater potential since the regular non-turbocharged version is already making around 700 hp.


More Area and More Everything


We don’t have any pictures of the car yet, but we expect it to have extreme aerodynamic features such as a massive spoiler and other things like that. Of course, this won’t be a straight-line machine with all that area, but we expect it to be able to beat 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.5 seconds. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, the ZR1 Corvette will be a track monster, and if you want to put your hands on one example, I suggest you start to call every dealer possible.


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette

Author: Jean-Sébastien Poudrier