The 2022 Corvette Z06 Will Be Naturally Aspirated and High Reving

What if I told you that the 2022 Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 wasn’t going to feature a turbocharged engine? Would you be sad, depressed, or upset? Well, you shouldn’t be, because a new report claims exactly that and it’s very good news. A more potent turbocharged engine will be found in a model that sits above the Z06, but the Z06 will feature a free-breathing, 5.5-liter, flat-plane V-8. Why is this good news? Well, grab a coffee and let me explain.

The Z06 Will Rev Higher Than a Lamborghini or Ferrari

The 2022 Chevy Corvette Z06 Will Have an Engine on Par With That of the Porsche 911 GT3
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One of the great things about a naturally aspirated engine is that they can rev higher when engineered quickly. The V-10 in the Lamborghini Huracan, for example, can run all the way up to 8,500 RPM while the Aventador SVJ’s V-12 will hit 8,700 rpm before bouncing back. The Ferrari 812 Superfast can even rev as high as 8,900 before bouncing off the limiter, and the last-gen Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 RS can rev all the way up to 9,000 rpm on the nose. Why does any of this matter?

Because that 5.5-liter V-8 hidden in the center of the Corvette Z06 will rev all the way up to 9,000 rpm, and now you know how rare that actually is.

But wait, there’s more.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 High Resolution Exterior
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According to Motor Trend, the Z06’s V-8 should deliver right around 625 horsepower and up to 485 pound-feet of torque. That does put it at a deficit compared to the old Z06, which delivered 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque from a 6.2-liter LT4, but the mid-engined Z06 should be faster in a straight line and around curves, so the deficit doesn’t matter.

In terms of power comparison, the closet naturally aspirated V-8 is the [Ford Mustang Shelby GT350->art181471] and [GT350R->art166415] with 526 horsepower, so the V-8 in the Z06 is going to be king of the crop when it comes to naturally aspirated engines.

The source that gave MT this info said the engine is “going to be a screamer,” and that sounds pretty good to us.

The 2022 Chevy Corvette Z06 Will Have an Engine on Par With That of the Porsche 911 GT3 Exterior
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So, to sum it all up, the Corvette Z06 will be the most powerful and highest-revving naturally aspirated V-8 on the market unless something new pops up between now and 2022. It will probably be on par with the next-gen 911 GT3 in terms of max engine speed, and Chevy should have ironed out all the finer details since it’s using a similar engine in the C8.R race car, albeit tuned down to just 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. If you want more power or a turbocharged engine, you’ll have to wait for the C8 Corvette ZR1, which is said to have the same engine with twin-turbo induction that should be good for around 800 ponies. A hybrid model will come after that with the same twin-turbo V-8 and an electric motor for as much as 1,000 horsepower. Unfortunately, the same source claims that there will be no Corvette Grand Sport in this generation, so you’ll have to come to terms with that, though.

Source: Motor Trend

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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