Chevrolet has shocked everyone by finally revealing the official output figures for the upcoming 2015 Corvette ZO6, exceeding estimates for the new supercharged engine. The LT4 is going to throw down 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, giving supercars like the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta a real run for their money. This really shouldn’t be much of a surprise, considering just how much Chevrolet has been out for blood with the C7 Corvette Stingray, a car that has truly changed how many people view the automaker and the modern era of the ‘Vette.
Remember how everyone went ape over the insane performance the C6 Corvette ZR1 kicked out? The new ZO6 blows those figures out of the water. That’s right, 638 horsepower and 604 lb.-ft. of torque now almost look paltry for a supercharged Corvette. Fans of the ZR1 might still be clinging on to hope that the car will make an appearance in the C7 lineup, but if it does it will have to likely push closer or even beyond 700 horsepower just to gain any respect these days.
First off, the new ZO6 absolutely obliterates the C6 ZO6, which only made 505 horsepower using the respectable LS7. Chevy is all too proud to announce that the new ZO6 outguns the current Viper, which produces 640 horsepower. The car also outdoes the new Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4, which kicks out 610 horsepower. In fact, the LT4 engine edges out the McLaren 650S’ output of 641 horsepower, and is edged out by the output from the Ferrari FF by one horsepower. There is a much longer list of high-performance cars, many of which are from Europe, that Chevrolet is bragging the new ZO6 outdoes, but you get the picture.
The C7 Corvette ZO6 is also being celebrated as the most powerful model the brand has ever released, a title that before belonged to the ZR1. In a bold move, the car will be offered not only as a coupe but also as a convertible, which through some fancy engineering features the same structural rigidity as the coupe.