The transformation from standard 2016 Corvette Z06 to this beast is not a simple one, as you might expect, and under the hood there’s a veritable blast furnace of power. But the engine’s exotic technical details arguably play second fiddle to its incredible sound.
Take a listen, and try not to drool.
From idling burble to full-throttle, the Corvette Z06 makes a tremendous wall of noise, and consequently a tremendous amount of horsepower, 1008 hp measured at the engine and 849 ponies measured at the wheels.
No matter how you cut it, that’s impressive. The perceivable real-world result is a blast to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, a dash through the quarter mile in 9.7 seconds, and a top speed of 220 mph. Yowza.
Underneath the hood, the standard 6.4-liter LT4 V8 has been stroked out to a displacement of 6.8-liters and now it’s got a new higher-flow supercharger to force air into it. The rest of its new additions read like a price-no-option wish list:
billet steel connecting rods, a heavy duty camshaft and pushrods, CNC-ported cylinder heads with competition-spec valves, upgraded valve springs, a stainless steel exhaust, and an “extreme duty” intercooler to keep that charged air relatively chilled.
Granted, some may prefer the wailing clamor of a pair of turbochargers. But compared to this? Well, they may become converts.