Citing “accurate details from the hold order, leaked documents, and some speculation,” Hagerty expects the Z06 to arrive for the 2022 model year with approximately 600 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque at the crankshaft. And speaking of which, the LT6 engine in the middle features a flat-plane crankshaft, 5.5 liters, and 32 valves.
Spy clips of the C8 Corvette Z06 confirm the high-revving powerplant solely through the sound the engine makes, but the LT6 won’t stop here. Model year 2024 is when the ZR1 is rumored to roll out with the LT7 twin-turbo V8. A pair of snails on each side of the 5.5-liter motor should translate to 850 horsepower and approximately 825 pound-feet.
Between these two versions, model year 2023 is when the LT2 hybrid will launch with around 600 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque in the Grand Sport. This would make the first of two hybrids more potent than the Stingray and Z06, but then again, the best is yet to come in the guise of the ever-rumored 2025 Chevrolet Corvette Zora.
LT7HP1 is how the 5.5-liter hybrid is called according to Hagerty, and as opposed to the ZR1, an e-motor driving the front axle should level up the output ratings to 1,000 horsepower (yes, one thousand horsepower!) and circa 975 pound-feet of torque. The front-mounted electric motor should also translate to e-AWD under hard acceleration.
Zora Arkus-Duntov, a Belgian-born automotive engineer who is widely known as the father of the Corvette, worked on a number of mid-engine designs and wanted the ‘Vette to transition to this layout during his stint at General Motors. To no prevail, though. Nevertheless, his wish came true with the arrival of the eighth generation of the breed.