Rumor mill: 800-hp flat-plane turbo V8 headed for the Corvette Z06 or ZR1?

Excitingly, the C8 Corvette’s story is just beginning.

The most exciting time in a new Corvette’s life is when it’s first born. At that time, all we know are the facts about the base model (2020 C8 Chevy Corvette, 495 hp, dual-clutch transmission, rear-wheel drive, $60,000), while it’s future is unscripted. That leads to endless rumors, speculation and innuendo, all of which we thoroughly enjoy.

Over the weekend, much of the talk was from Motor Trend, regarding a twin-turbocharged, flat-plane crank V8 making around 800 hp for the new Corvette Z06.

Muscle Cars and Trucks says there will be a DOHC V8 with a pair of turbochargers, and it will make around 800 hp, but it will NOT be for the Z06. Instead, it will be the ZR1. The Z06 will get a naturally aspirated engine because, according to Muscle Cars and Trucks, “die-hard enthusiasts weren’t too thrilled when the C7 Z06 featured a supercharger.” MC&T also says the Z06 will make around 600 hp, which is a little surprising considering the most recent Z06 delivered 650 hp. Would Chevy take a step back? We doubt it.

The C8 Corvette won’t get Cadillac’s new, compact, powerful Blackwing motor, but it might get a variation of it. That seems to be what most outfits agree on. Finally, the smart money still says we’ll get a hybrid Corvette to compete with the Porsche 918s and McLaren P1s of the world and that it will make around 1,000 hp. That could be called the Zora, “ a name that was trademarked as far back as 2014, and recently refiled this year.”

We’ve contacted Chevy for comment and will update when we hear back. We’d expect the company “not to comment on future product,” though, so don’t hold your breath.

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