The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette has been on sale for a few years now, and the automaker just released the long-awaited Z06 variant with a flat-plane crank V8 and supercar-beating specs. The baseline Corvette Stingray is no slouch, but a new report from GM Authority suggests that we could see more power from the car soon.
Sources told GM Authority that Chevy would boost the Stingray’s output from 490 horsepower without the performance exhaust system to more than 500 ponies. The car’s 6.2-liter V8 got revisions for the 2022 model year focused on fuel delivery, and the updates improved fuel economy ratings for the engine.
Spy photographers caught the C8 testing with strange exhausts a few weeks ago, and this offers a possible explanation. The Corvette platform is flexible enough to allow a variety of configurations, including hybrid and all-wheel drive variants, so don’t be surprised to see other models rolling out in the coming months.
We’ve seen extensive teaser videos for the upcoming Corvette E-Ray, and Chevy’s online configuration tool even leaked out a short while back. The car is expected to sport an electric motor on the front axle to provide all-wheel drive, and the snow testing videos show a car with striking traction and performance.
Chevrolet has seen extreme demand for the Z06, which debuted in 2023. The car starts at $105,300, but there have been reports of $100,000 markups from greedy sellers and dealers hoping to cash in. There’s even this car for sale with a $375,000 price tag, rivaling the sticker prices of many Ferraris. We don’t know the pricing for the hybrid E-Ray or a potentially power-boosted Corvette Stingray, but the car’s popularity makes it hard to believe they’ll be easy to find, at least at first.