New versions of the Chevrolet C8 Corvette will arrive as soon as 2022

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Rumors about new and upcoming versions of the C8-generation Corvette have been flying around for quite some time. But Chevy struggled with Corvette production and development during the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020 and things have slowed down. Things are still a bit uncertain right now, but it seems that Corvette Z06 is still on track for the 2022 model year, while the ZR1 could arrive for 2023. There’s also unofficial confirmation that Chevy plans to introduce two electrified Vettes for 2023 and 2024.

The Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 Will Be A Mean Naturally Aspirated Machine, But The ZR1 Will Be Downright Crazy Exterior
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According to a Motor Trend source that predicted the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing’s arrival with a supercharged LT4 engine and a manual transmission, Chevrolet will roll out the Corvette Z06 for the 2022 model year. The hotter ZR1 will follow for 2023, as will the very first hybrid version of the nameplate. The same source claims that the all-electric Corvette will arrive in time for the 2024 model year, but we will have to wait for the 2025 model year to find the insane Zora in dealerships. Here’s everything we know about each of them so far.

2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 Will Be A Mean Naturally Aspirated Machine, But The ZR1 Will Be Downright Crazy
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The big news here is that unlike its predecessor, which was supercharged, the C8 Z06 will sport a naturally aspirated engine. But it won’t feature the same 6.2-liter V-8 as the regular C8. Instead, Chevrolet will drop a 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V-8 under the hood. This engine will be very similar to the one fitted in the race-spec C8.R, which scored a 1-2 finish at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January 2021. The Z06 will reportedly pack up to 625 horsepower, notably more than the FIA-regulated race car. And yes, it won’t be as powerful as the previous model, rated at 650 horses, but you need to keep in mind that we’re talking about a naturally aspirated engine here.

Word has it Chevrolet benchmarked a Z06 prototype against the cool Ferrari 458 Speciale, so it’s the perfect time to get excited. Chevy will reportedly offer optional carbon-fiber wheels for this model, together with carbon-ceramic brakes and highr performance tires of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup variety. Pricing will probably start from around $80,000.

Read our full review on the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2023 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1 Exterior Spyshots
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Of course Chevrolet will offer a new ZR1 model. It will feature the same 5.5-liter V-8 as the Z06, but with a couple of turbochargers strapped to it. The ZR1 will pack up to 850 horsepower, which will put it into supercar territory. Of course, it will arrive with all sorts of extra goodies, such as a larger rear wing, a special stripes package, a revised front bumper, and a more aggressive rear diffuser. Don’t expect the ZR1 to be cheap though, as pricing will probably start from around $120,000.

Read our full review on the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Electrified Corvettes

The Chevy C8 Corvette Z06 Will Be A Mean Naturally Aspirated Machine, But The ZR1 Will Be Downright Crazy Exterior
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Chevrolet will finally bring the Corvette into electrified territory with a hybrid version. It will most likely debut for the 2023 model year with a 5.5-liter V-8 under the rear hood and a pair of electric motors connected to the front axle. This Vette will probably be called the E-Ray, as speculated in the past. Expect it to pack a total system output of at least 700 horsepower, so it will slot in between the Z06 and the ZR1. Expect it cost around $100,000 before options.

But Chevrolet won’t stop here. An all-electric Corvette is also in the works. It will share the same tech with the hybrid model, but with an additional motor for the rear axle and a larger battery pack. There isn’t much info on this model, but Chevrolet could offer at least two versions with different output ratings and range estimates. Look for an output of at least 500 horsepower, a range of around 200 miles, and a sticker in excess of $100,000.

2025 Chevrolet Corvette Zora

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Rumored for many years now, the Zora will probably arrive in 2024 as the most radical Corvette ever built. It will combine the twin-turbo V-8 engine from the ZR1 with the hybrid system of the E-Ray to deliver in excess of 1,000 horsepower. The monstrous Zora will be all-wheel driven and will fetch around $150,000 in base trim.

Source: Motor Trend

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