Are you ready for a monster Corvette? Chevrolet plans to uncage a fire-breathing 650-horsepower Corvette Z06 later this year.
The automaker said it will be among the few cars with more than 600 horses that consumers can buy at a dealership in the U.S. It will be the most powerful production car ever from General Motors.
Chevrolet is already comparing the Z06 to supercars such as the V-12 powered Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Porsche 911 Turbo S. It will have a zero-to-60-mph time under 3.5 seconds. The Z06’s LT4 supercharged 6.2-liter, V-8 engine produces 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 650 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm.
“The engine also puts the new Corvette Z06 on par with the most powerful supercars offered in America, while delivering performance with impeccable manners that make it suitable for daily driving,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president of GM powertrain engineering.
GM engineers say that the LT4 engine is compact and light, giving it among the highest power densities for an engine of its size. GM started with the same engine block used in the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 6.2-liter naturally aspirated engine.
To pump up the power, it installed special aluminum alloy cylinder heads that are stronger and handle heat better than conventional aluminum heads. GM also added lightweight titanium intake valves and forged aluminum pistons that can withstand high cylinder pressures.
The high-powered ‘Vette is set to go on sale at near year-end as a 2015 model. To learn more about the current generation of Corvette and all of the high-performance vehicles in the Chevrolet line-up visit Westside Chevrolet at 23001 Katy Freeway in Katy, Texas or give them a call at 281.392.3200 today!