Ever since launching, the C7-generation Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has received praise for the power and performance it provides for the money.
Of course, the new Corvette Z06 is not only significantly faster than the standard Corvette Stingray but also looks dramatically more aggressive. However, it is certainly the car’s engine that is the real talking point, leaving many scratching their heads where Chevrolet can go with the next Corvette ZR1. Now, the American marque has announced that the potent V8 of the Z06 can be ordered as a crate engine for the reasonable amount of $15,625.
The car’s LT4 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine is based around the naturally-aspirated unit of the Stingray. But thanks to a plethora of mechanical upgrades, most significantly through the fitment of an air-hungry supercharger, the LT4 of the Z06 pumps out 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Typically, that is enough to send the Z06 to 100 km/h in the low-3 second range but most excitingly, the availability of the engine as a standalone product should result in some awesome project cars with nothing but performance in mind.
Admittedly, the LT4 V8 engine has suffered some well-known issues since being launched including engine failure and supercharging issues. What’s more, at a recent Motor Trend test, the supercharger stopped working entirely.
Despite these niggling concerns, we expect to see some famous tuning companies making the most of the engine.