VIDEO: New C8 Corvette ZR1 Brings The Boost

A mid-engine ZR1 is on the way, a second Chevy teaser video confirms. The newest and highest-performance Corvette should be coming as a 2026 model year vehicle–Chevy’s teaser suggests the model will debut this summer.

We know very little about the new ZR1, and most of it is conjecture. Of course, the new track-killer ‘Vette should feature some truly serious aerodynamic improvements over the Z06, and the teaser footage corroborates that by showing the outline of a C8 with a monstrous wing on the back. Likely, a full aerodynamics package derived from C8 race cars is in store.

The C7 ZR1 used a unique LT5 V8, it was basically an LT4 with a bigger blower on top.

Taking a closer listen to the trailer audio, it sounds like intake sounds and forced induction. The V8 wail of the Z06 could be muffled by twin turbos–the rumor du jour has Chevy's "Unthinkable" marketing tag lie tied into the first ever use of turbos on the Corvette. Of course, the last two iterations of the ZR1 used supercharging to push performance limits, it's a technology General Motors knows well and has employed to great effect in Corvette, Camaro, and Cadillac performance products.

Speaking of the Z06, this ZR1 will most likely use a modified version of the flat-plane LT6 V8. For just a few frames, the trailer shows the same rocket that is stamped into various locations on the V8's block. Power outputs are anyone’s guess, but given the Z06 makes 670 horsepower in its naturally aspirated form, forced induction would all but guarantee the Z06’s power figure to start with a seven, or maybe even an eight. As for the rest, we’ll have to wait until later this summer.

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Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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  • Don Don on Jun 05, 2024

    I would think it needs an 8 to still compete in the exotic class

    and lets leave the Supercar alone until its lectrified