New Corvette Z06 Reportedly Coming In Late 2021 With 800 HP

The 2020 Corvette C8 stunned fans earlier this year with a beautiful design, a high quality interior and a mid-engine layout. If that wasn’t enough, the model costs under $60,000 and features a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces up to 495 hp (369 kW / 502 PS) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque.

Of course, there are more powerful variants on the horizon and one first to arrive will be the next-generation Z06. Automobile Magazine says the sports car will likely arrive in late 2021 as a 2022 model.

While it’s still a ways off, the car could be worth the wait. The publication says the model will likely have a twin-turbo V8 that is loosely based on Cadillac’s 4.2-liter Blackwing V8.  In the CT6-V, it develops 550 hp (410 kW / 558 PS) and 640 lb-ft (867 Nm) of torque.

Also Read: 2020 Corvette C8 Is America’s Mid-Engine Sports Car For The Masses

The engine will be significantly revised for use in the Corvette and it could be called the LT7. That remains unconfirmed and so does the rumored output of 800 hp (597 kW / 811 PS) and 700+ lb-ft (948+ Nm) of torque.

While those numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, they’d be a huge improvement over the outgoing Corvette Z06. That model has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 developing 650 hp (485 kW / 659 PS) and 650 lb-ft (880 Nm) of torque.

Little else is known about the car, but the engine could be paired to either the base model’s eight-speed dual-clutch automatic or an all-new 10-speed dual-clutch gearbox. There’s even rumors of a manual transmission, but we wouldn’t get our hopes up.

Besides the upgraded engine, there will be a host of other performance tweaks. These could include carbon fiber body panels, an aggressive aerodynamics package and wider fenders to accommodate fatter wheels. We can also expect a sportier suspension and a handful of weight saving measures.

There’s no word on pricing, but the 2019 Corvette Z06 starts at $80,900 and it’s likely the redesigned model will cost several thousand dollars more.

  • Six_Tymes

    “taken with a grain of salt”

    Finally used and worded that phrase correctly! YEAH! lol

  • Kagan

    Does this kill the new gt500 especially as it is cheaper!

    • FFEMT6

      No, the 4200 lbs does though.

  • Ben

    Corvette Z06 (C6) = 505hp (outlier)
    Corvette ZR1 (C6) = 638hp (Not comparable, C6 z06 is NA)
    Corvette Z06 (C7) = 650hp (12hp increase)
    Corvette ZR1 (C7) = 755hp (105hp increase)
    Corvette Z06 (C8) = 800hp (45hp increase)
    Corvette Zora (C8)= 950hp? (150hp increase)

    Looking at those numbers, its not hard to image the new C8 Z06 would be roughly 800hp. I think the main
    limiting factor is going to be cooling, seeing as how the C7 Z06 had cooling issues, even after the larger blower. From my understanding, its harder to cool a MRE vehicle than FME vehicle. If they use electric motors, it may reduce cooling needs slightly. Something I haven’t seen people mention is now Corvette can use larger blowers(if supercharged) due to the engine’s location. This improves power, obviously, and cooling potential.

    Vehicles like the Red Eye, Demon and Hellaphant show that American automakers can and are willing to jump near the four digit mark and can do it affordably. If GM decides to use turbos, the power output could be significantly higher, but I think they’ll continue to improve on the supercharged layout they’ve used since superchargers tend to be more reliable and easier to tune.

    • Bo Hanan

      By the time all the C8 models you list debut the C9 would be in finishing school. Car makers set HP numbers at real numbers so they don’t jump to far ahead of the next 3 generations. But what is crazy to me is the idea of a 300HP gap between the entry model (C8) and the next step up (ZR1)…???

      • Ben

        A 300hp gap between trims isn’t unusual anymore, especially among American automakers.
        Example being:
        Dodge Challenger: 300hp – 840hp (540hp spread)
        Chevy Camaro: 275hp – 650hp (375hp spread)
        Mercedes’ E class: 255hp – 603hp (348hp spread)

        *Porsche is another brand with large hp gaps in their models

        I don’t think the Corvette team is worried about doing too good of a job for the C8 that it would oveshadow a C9 in the future. In all honesty, I fully expect the C9 to be full electric by then and we know its not hard to pull high hp numbers out of electric motors. Hybrid electric hyper cars had roughly 1,000hp. We’re now seeing full electric hypercars of the future cracking 2,000hp. That technology trickles down.

        • Bo Hanan

          Dodge Challenger: 300hp – 840hp (540hp spread)
          Chevy Camaro: 275hp – 650hp (375hp spread)
          Mercedes’ E class: 255hp – 603hp (348hp spread)

          You forgot to ,mention the next higher HP version of the cars list.
          Example: The Dodge has 300-375-475-707-840.
          I wasn’t talking lowest to highest jump.
          And the Vette has nothing between it’s 300HP gap.

  • aiiee

    Still a pushrod engine?

    • john1168

      Flat plane quad cam with two turbos. That’s the rumor.

  • Craig

    Isn’t 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds quick enough?

    • john1168

      Nope… 🙂

  • wtvlol

    You really milking the Corvette news.

    • john1168

      I don’t mind.

  • Richard Alexander

    The aftermarket will have those numbers within weeks of release. Replace the mufflers with turbos ala STS and you are there.

    • john1168

      Gonna be a while before the aftermarket can break into the ECU.

  • RunningLogan

    New Corvette uses an eight-speed dual clutch transmission. Not seven, as stated in the article.

    • Ben

      Good catch.

    • Mike Gauthier

      You’re right, article has been updated

  • Jeff

    “Theres even talk of a manual transmission, but we wouldnt get our hopes up” does anybody enjoy shifting anymore? Or are we destined for gas n goes from here on. Ya I know, paddle shifters get around the track quicker. But 99.9999999% of drivers dont drive on tracks.

    • Astonman

      yep! because we’re stuck in traffic 😉

      • Jeff

        Hey, Im stuck on the 91 in L.A, too. So I bought a honda with an auto for work.

        • Astonman

          I remembered 35 years ago being stuck in traffic on the 91 and the car in front of me with a bumper sticker that said “I hate the 91 Freeway”.

          • Jeff

            Well they added 4 lanes and its still bumper to bumper

          • Astonman

            I know!! Good luck!

    • db

      More than half the fun in tooling around is the shifting of gears. Driving an auto with or without the paddles just sounds boring.

      • joe

        Considering the primary demographic of the corvette consumer/owner is a divorced retiree with disposable income and an inability to drive spirited, the c8 hits it’s intended market squarely on the glass chin….Nobody under 50 buys or owns corvettes…

        • Astonman

          Well I wouldn’t say nobody because my friends and I did a few years back. Not sure where you’re getting your stats of divorced retiree either. I was working with 4 different Corvette Clubs and yes they are older. 90% were married. And they loved planning events where they would go to the race tracks and push their cars. I think you’re mixing facts with assumptions.

        • db

          Had my first Vette in my late forties and I’ve been married since my mid twenties.
          I’m quite sure you have no idea what you are talking about.

  • joe

    …And it STILL can’t keep up with the V6 Ford GT

    • Ben

      Show us the data joey!

      • joe

        Le Mans results…..So simple, even YOU can figure it out.

        • Ben

          I don’t put much stock into endurance racing. It was a storybook ending when the new GT won 2016 Le Mans to signal its return, but it can’t be ignored how much of the race depends on the drivers and crew. So many random things happen to great vehicles that are nearly out of the control of their crew and drivers. You can’t cite that single endurance race as why a certain vehicle is better than another.

          A proper litmus test would be testing the vehicles with as little human variable as possible. When you have a race that last 24hrs, swap out drivers and crew fatigue mistakes happen that aren’t indicative of the car’s performance. A rip around a track with a single driver that isn’t fatigued is a better gauge where the car’s performance truly ranks. Its why we use Nurburgring laps as a benchmark.

          Lastly, citing a Le Mans victory from 3 years ago by the Ford GT means absolutely nothing when determining if it could compete with a vehicle that hasn’t even been released yet.Common sense.

        • Astonman

          GM built over 200K C7s. So I expect the similar numbers for the C8. So you are comparing a car that is designed for mass consumption (that’s not even out yet) to the Ford GT which they built only 250. You need to know the Ford was designed as a race car for the street. Unless you work first hand with Ford, you don’t know the details of issues the car has. It doesn’t get reported because it’s too small to report. You should be comparing the Ford to Lamborghini, Mc Claren and Ferrari: Similar pricing and similar mission. The Corvette is designed with different parameters. It’s designed for everyday use. It has more electronics and items that would need fixing because people expect a certain standard for using everyday. It has 10 – 16 speakers. It has cool/heat seats. It can carry 2 golf bags and luggage up front. You can take it on a long 3 day weekend with the space for luggage. Like I said the Ford is a race car for the street. Lets wait to see how the C8 does when it comes out. And how it does when it gets more horsepower. But now it’s kinda a waste of time talking about it. If you have the money to get the Ford GT, I’d say go for it. I love that car and would take it over an Aventandor. It’s a no brainer because it will increase in value over the years.

      • Mike anonymous

        I would agree with you Ben generally, But I will say that @disqus_BBgLXNVaPa:disqus has a point,. although I personally would address this point from a different perspective, as we may have arrived at the agreement for two different reasons, and two different points of view.

        I have stated many times in the past, that the; HP, Torque, and specification sheets, are generally not what make up a vehicles’ performance output, nor do its’ figures determine its’ value.

        It is understandable many believe the Corvette & GT are competitors simply off of the notion; “Ford & GM are competitors… so that MUST mean their top of the line performance vehicles are competitors.”. Although, when it comes to the Corvette & GT, this has never been the case, be it in class, value, or performance.


        The Corvette:
        The Corvette since its’ initial debut has always been an ‘affordable dream car for the people’, something people could dream of owning and possibly have a chance of buying. When it comes to; Power & performance, desirability & affordability, the only two vehicles I would say are in the same class as the Corvette are; Ford Shelby series vehicles & just about any sports vehicle Porsche makes today or has made in the past.


        The FordGT:
        The FordGT on the other hand has never been (nor was it ever intended to be) a vehicle for the masses. It’s first generation was compared to the best/top-of-the-line vehicles from manufactures such as Ferrari, Pagani, & Lamborghini. & As of today remains one of the highest value vehicles from any of its’ competitors with the current asking price being at most over 3 to 9 times its’ original asking price
        This current generation is being compared to the likes of the; Bugatti Chiron, Porsche 918, Ferrari LaFerrari, (and soon to be Super/Hyper-cars from Toyota & AstonMartin) and is (above being simple within the performance or super-car class, but is) within the Super to Hyper vehicle class. (Reminder the Ford-GT you have to not only account for weight, aerodynamics, and power, but also quality, precision, and refinement, which have always been a level above anything else Ford makes (for their brand or any other brand they own or have owned PAG included)).

        The Ford GT and Corvette are, very simply put, in two completely different classes, aimed at two completely separate customers, and to very different markets, even built (in past, and today) For very different reasons, with vey different goals. From 2001 to 2019 (and further more beyond with their current generations), (from base, to top of the line trim) The FordGT & the Corvette simply do not compete with each other on any level, nor are either really attempting to.

        • Jim Ragland

          Good read.

        • Ben

          The Ford GT and Corvette were never meant to compete with each other, from a segment perspective. However, we’ve seen in the automotive industry that vehicles can compete with others outside of their bracket. Ford has ‘skipped’ the segment Corvette has made it’s home. But we are now seeing the Corvette move up a weight class, performance wise and some believe it can compete and/or topple Ford’s best.

          Dodge’s Viper ACR has showed us a vehicle that is by far less complex and less aerodynamic can keep pace and beat a Ford GT in some performance settings. Both vehicles produce the same power(~650hp) and are designed for the same type of sport(circuit racing).

          This is not to take anything away from Ford’s engineering talent, but, quality of engineering and complexity doesn’t guarantee a ‘win’. This is the ethos nearly every American made vehicle lives by, doing more with less. As you mentioned, the Ford GT in typical American fashion willing to punch above it’s weight class. We know Corvette is always down to jump a weight class.

          A Corvette Z06 C8 should be more than capable of competing with a Ford GT on a track and I don’t think anyone would be surprised if that Corvette beat the older vehicle in a good portion of those track battles. Does the GT’s aerodynamics make up for the power gap? It just may, but we’ll have to wait and see.

          I don’t rate cars based on what a professional can do at the track with a car. The same reasoning I don’t buy shoes because a 6’10 man can dunk while wearing them. If someone loves the GT, perfectly fine. If someone loves the Corvette, that’s okay too. Either way, all those jokes Europeans make about American’s not being able to build a proper car are quickly becoming dated.

          • joe

            Is the Corvette the pinnacle of GM performance?….Then why can’t it hold a candle to the Pinnacle of Ford performance? This is why GM is going bankrupt.

          • Ben

            GM’s financials depend on the Corvette beating the Ford GT? Right, I’ll respectfully call you silly. I won’t make any assumptions or belittle a different view point, but your comment is truly meme worthy.

    • john1168

      Are you talking about the 495hp Stingray that’s way over $300,000.00 cheaper than the GT? Or are you talking about the 800hp Z06 that will be about $250,000.00+ cheaper? Yes, the GT is faster than the C8 Stingray but not by much. The 800hp Z06 will annihilate the current GT.

      • joe

        Cheaper is the operative word…You get what you pay for, and the mass produced c8 will never compete dollar for dollar with the GT, which eclipses the corvette in every category, including longiviity and lower cost of ownership, based in the extensive maintenance the c8 is going to need from day one…Not counting the recalls and fires that come with the c8.

    • javier

      have you seen the interior of the ford, it looks ridiculously cramped and uncomfortable

      • db

        It sure is different. You don’t adjust the seat to bring yourself closer to the controls, you adjust the controls and bring them closer to the seat.

      • joe

        Sering an interior and actually having seat time in it are two digferent things….

  • Matteo Tommasi

    I don’t see a 300hp gap in the line-up coming true.
    Also, why should they build a 10speed when the 8speed is brand new?

  • Nastinupe1911

    I’d be happy with 650 hp honestly. I’m waiting on it to drop.

  • joe

    The corvette gailed to innovate decades ago…America already has a mid-engined sports car, that is actually better than anything GM could pissibly come up with…..The Ford GT….Previously the Ford/DeTomaso Pantera (Sold exclusively @ Mercury dealerships) or the original corvette killing Ford GT-40…..

  • Drew

    0-60mph in under 3 seconds has not been proven yet…. Let’s hope it is not a farce like the claims of the Dodge Demon…

  • john1168

    Increased fuel efficiency?!?!?! LMAO… That’s a good one. By the way, the fuel efficiency of the Ford GT is 11 city/18 highway. The Corvette ZR-1 is 13 city/19 highway.

  • john1168

    With the GT, that’s not ergonomics, it’s more like cramming in as much crap as you can in a very small space. The cockpit of the GT is VERY narrow, because of the aerodynamics of the car. It is a race car first. It is a VERY uncomfortable long distance car. The C8 and even the C7 are vastly superior in interior ergonomics and storage space.

    • joe

      Clearly you know nothibg about spirts cars….Stick to your Escalade if you want a spacious interior….

      • Ben

        What exactly are “Spirts cars”? Are they a new racing class in Le Mans?

        • john1168

          He’s still learning how to spell. LOL…

      • john1168

        Clearly I’m arguing with a fanboy who just likes to go around and pee in everyone’s cereal. Let us know when you decide to grow up so we can finally have an intelligent conversation.

        • joe

          Enjoy your cereal. Obviously intelligent conversation is well beyond your wheelhouse.

  • Ben

    When I first got into cars, I was 5yrs old. I built models with my grandfather after school and took them to show and tell the next day. I had irrational bias and a perspective the scope of a needle’s head. When a kid made a suggestion that another car was more capable than the car I loved at the time, I made zealous arguments that were either unfounded or grossly misrepresented.

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