When the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 debuted earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show the exact power figure was not confirmed, with GM saying the new 6.2-litre LT4 supercharged V8 delivers at least 625bhp and 653 lb-ft of torque.
The engine is finally SAE-certified at a very impressive 650bhp and 650 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm, making it the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of a few production cars available in the United States that delivers more than 600 horsepower.
The engine is linked to a standard seven-speed manual transmission or an all-new, paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission built in Toledo, Ohio.
“The LT4 Small Block sets a new benchmark for power and torque at GM,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president, GM Powertrain Engineering. “The engine also puts the new Corvette Z06 on par with the most powerful supercars offered in America, while delivering performance with impeccable manners that make it suitable for daily driving.”
We are looking forward to see it on track next to German and Italian sportcars.
The 2015 Corvette Z06 goes on sale in early 2015 in its home market with European sales expected to start later that year. Both coupe and convertible will be available.