Word has it General Motors may offer as much as 700 horsepower in the C7 Corvette ZR1. Motor Trend reports the next Corvette Z06 will continue to rely on its naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8 engine for thrust, but the lump will deliver substantially more power. How much more? MT says the engine could deliver up to 600 ponies. That's a jump of 95 horsepower over the current Z06, though no figures have been finalized as of yet. Right now, GM is reportedly waiting to see what sort of grunt it can glean from the next ZR1.

The automaker has already made it clear it will resurrect the LT5 name for the new supercharged V8, and if GM is already pulling 600 from the Z06, the big dog ZR1 would theoretically offer 700 horsepower. Either way, the range-topping Corvette will be suitably insulated from its less potent siblings. Stay tuned. We aren't likely to see the Z06 for at least a year, with the ZR1 trailing along at some point there after.


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      likeaboss1234boss
      • 1 Year Ago
      700hp is the new 600hp
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow - zo6 please. Love that screaming 'small block' 7.0 liter - it sounds so nice...
        TrueDat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        My favorite Corvette (aside from the '61) is the C6 Z06. It's just pure driving.. everything about it just screams, "come get me".
      Hunter Adams
      • 1 Year Ago
      700 Horses?!? Everybody got time for dat!
      oc_surf_serf
      • 1 Year Ago
      700 is the new 400. Good times, good times!
      Lab Rat
      • 1 Year Ago
      The power formula seems to be for the Z06... Z51 + ~100hp. I'm going to guess 550-625hp but probably closer to the top end so that the Z06 can claim the 200mph club (the GT500 can... GM will want this to be considerably faster) As far as the ZR-1? I'm going to guess ABOVE 700hp to keep the Viper in check.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The regular corvette already looks Z06ish or like a Zr1 if you know what I mean. I don't see how they can get any crazier than that. I am thinking bigger brakes, wider stance, some carbon fiber parts here and there. So ok I see how they can improve on it, I just can't see it in my head. I can't wait for it though, specially if the price of a c5 z06 goes down which is what I want to buy at the moment.
      corvettfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time to start adding to that Vette fund!
      Z. Kesh
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM is doing everything right with the Corvette. They're splitting it up just like Porsche is doing with its 911. Very successfully so.
        Peter_G
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Z. Kesh
        So long as they don't follow Porsche's pricing scheme with the "cubic zirconium package" just to get bluetooth...
      lordedardstark1
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car "grows" on you; I'm sure others know what I mean. It's looking better as I look at it better.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lordedardstark1
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      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome.
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's one thing certain about the next-gen ZR-1, its engine will make more than the 662 hp. that the Shelby GT500 Mustang produces, thus becoming the most powerful V8 engine sold in any production vehicle. I just wonder if Ford is waiting for GM to state what the horsepower ratings are with the next-gen 7.0L and ZR-1 engines, before announcing inevitable upgrades to the GT500's 5.8L engine?
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rmt_1
        The Mustang could have 1000hp. Wouldnt compete with a Corvette. Ford needs a sports car or supercar. GT anyone?
          rmt_1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k_m94
          Yes, the Shelby GT500 Mustang or Corvette ZR-1 could easily be tuned to make well over 1,000 hp., but not with a factory warranty. One must remember just how remarkable it is to be able to go to a dealership today and buy a car with a factory warranty with well over 600 hp.. Only a few years ago, the idea of selling cars like the GT500 or ZR-1 would have been regarded as a delusional fantasy. With issues like climate change, fuel economy standards, and CO2 emissions affecting the future of cars, we must realize that people in the not too distant future will see this period of time as another "Golden Age" for performance cars. As for Ford challenging the Corvette more directly with a sports car, that really depends upon how well the next-gen Mustang's platform turns out, since it's handling that separates a sports car from a "Pony" or muscle car. In theory, the Mustang platform could be stretched between the front wheels and firewall to allow the engine to be placed lower and the wheelbase could be cut between the "B" pillar and rear suspension to create a 2-seat, cab-aft sports car similar in proportions to the classic Cobra Daytona Coupe If Ford plans to aim higher with a super car successor to the Ford GT, it's certainly possible, but the odds would be better if the car were to be labelled as a "Shelby" or even as a "Lincoln", as opposed to just as a "Ford", because of the price tag it would have to carry.
      Monkaroo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they offer AWD with that much horsepower.
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        @Monkaroo
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        TwoBits
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Monkaroo
        I seriously can't tell if you're joking.
        Thipps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Monkaroo
        Please get off my blog
          Rr778
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Thipps
          Minkaroo I can't find any data to support your claim that te 911 can out handle a vette. Please supply some lap times and at what track.
          Rr778
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Thipps
          Lachmund would you enlighten Us with information about a 911 at any price that has the handling to keep up with a vette on a track? Okay that aside, despite its weight, and less then perfect handling the track. the 911 is a gem to commute in, I don't think anyone disagrees that Porsches have very nice road manners for those who drive them to the office and back home. 911s may not have the handling ability to hang with a vette, but they are very nice luxury cars. I'd love to hear what about my comments you disagree with.
          Rr778
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Thipps
          I've never heard of a 911 that can handle well enough to keep up with a vette on the nurburgring. 911s are a overweight luxury vehicle that are not meant to handle as well as a vette. The 911 is amazing to commute in.
          Monkaroo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Thipps
          So your ok with Nanny technology to keep you out of the ditch and off guard rails but no all wheel drive? I think Vettes are awesome, but I've never seen one out handle a 911.
          Monkaroo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Thipps
          One question. Have any of you ever driven a rear drive 700 Hp car before?
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Thipps
          you're makin' a fool out of yourself Rr778
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