Chevrolet Corvette (C7) Z06 will get 600 hp, ZR1 will deliver 700 hp

Article by Christian A., on February 22, 2013

Both based on the new seventh-generation Corvette, the Z06 has an output of 600hp while the ZR1 model has an output of 700hp, according to a Motor Trend report. It was always understood that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will have versions that are faster and more powerful. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette features a new 6.2-liter V-8 engine dubbed as the LT1, which delivers 450 hp.

However, this will be far inferior to the performance versions that Motor Trend envisions. It’s expected that the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will keep its 7.0-liter V-8 engine that can have an output, ranging from 550 to 600 hp.

The range-topping Corvette ZR1 can deliver from 675 to 700 hp. It can also use a supercharged version of the new LT1 V-8 that may be named LT5. The current 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 generates 505hp from its 7.0-liter V-8 engine.

Corvette ZR1 equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 can generate 638hp. Chevrolet seeks to maintain a distance between the different Corvette models, so it will purposely put gaps between the outputs of its car.

So for example, if the Corvette ZR1 can deliver 675hp on Chevrolet’s dynos, the Z06 will supposedly be tuned for around 550hp to have a more substantial divide between the models. If Chevrolet gets an output of 700hp or higher from the ZR1, a Corvette Z06 will probably offer 600hp. Motor Trend is hinting that the Corvette Z06 will have its debut after about a year. The ZR1 is expected to follow. But first, Chevrolet is planning to present a convertible version of the 2014 Corvette at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

The new Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06’s design team had the challenge of creating a striking design that contributes to increased capabilities. And the changes in the design started with the tires.

In order to deliver the necessary grip levels for its performance targets, the Z06 was fitted with larger tires from Michelin. More specifically, the Z06 uses Pilot Super Sport tires, while the Z07 package uses Sport Cup 2 tires. The car’s P285/30ZR19 front tires are wider by 1.5 inches compared with the tires used on the Stingray, while its 335/25ZR20 rear tires are wider by 2 inches.

To cover the car’s wider tire tread, its fenders were extended by 2.2 inches at the front and by 3.15 inches at the rear. The extensions give the car a wider and lower appearance, which is emphasized further by its unique rear fascia. The Z06 also incorporates similar taillamp assemblies to the Stingray, but these taillamps are pushed around three inches apart, toward the body’s edges.

According to Tom Peters, design director for Corvette, every change to the car’s exterior serves a functional purpose, especially as this particular “beast” of a vehicle needs more of everything. Its flared fenders can accommodate larger wheels and tires to provide more grip.

Also, its larger vents give the engine, the brakes, the transmission, and the differential more cooling air for increased track capability. He also adds that the Z06’s more aggressive aerodynamic package provides true downforce for better cornering grip and for high-speed stability.

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