The eighth generation Corvette, known as the C8, has come on the market and is good. Really good. But it can be improved with more power and performance. Like previous Corvettes, models still have more power, better aerodynamics and faster lap times.
In 2018, it was announced that future mid-engine Corvette variants will be equipped with a flat-crank V-8 that delivers 600, 800, and even 1,000 horsepower, the latter being an all-wheel drive hybrid. On Thursday, Hagerty reported that these versions would take place and provided deadlines thanks to the leaked documents. The following is the original timeline for each variant, based on leaked documents and the findings of Hagerty and author Don Sherman, who was at the forefront of reports on the mid-engine Corvette.
The Z06 is said to be the first powerful Corvette model. According to leaked documents, it should return for the 2022 model year with 650 hp from a 5.5 liter DOHC V-8 with 32 liters. The torque must be 600 foot pounds. This engine should sound familiar as it is the same engine that is included in the Corvette C8.R.
The Corvette Grand Sport will reportedly return from the 6.2-liter LT2 V2 of the C8 base along with a hybrid system for the 2023 model year with 600 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. It is still unclear whether this model will have all-wheel drive with the front-mounted electric motor or whether it will remain a rear-wheel drive with an electric motor between the engine and transmission.
The ZR1 is said to be the fourth nameplate to be returned. It’s featured for the 2024 model year with a twin-turbo version of the 5.5-liter flat-bar V-8 that develops 850 horsepower and 825 pound-feet of torque. Hope this car is a monster.
The final will be the Corvette Zora for the 2025 model year. It will include a hybrid version of the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with two turbochargers and a combined output of 1,000 horsepower and 975 pound-feet of torque from the ZR1. It has already been reported that the Zora hybrid system would include all-wheel drive with an electric motor on the front axle.