The current C8 generation of the Corvette is already shaping up as the most potent in the models history, and the best is still yet to come.
The flagship C8 ZR1 is still in development, and rumours are suggesting it’ll be one hell of a weapon when it finally does lob. The Z06s 5.5-litre V8 is believed to be harbouring twin turbos in the ZR1, making it good for a forecasted 630kW.
Local Corvette sellers GMSV are yet to confirm if the ZR1 will make it to Australia. The Australian wing has already secured factory right hand drive versions of the C8 Stingray, Z06 and E-Ray, so our hopes remain high for the ZR1.
Deliveries of the base Stingray have finally made landfall here, and the first Z06s are reportedly on their way with a price of AU$336,100. The Z06 boasts 5.5-litre flat-plane crank LT6 producing 475kW and 595Nm in Australian spec.
In January, GMSV also confirmed the electrically-assisted E-Ray will be added to the line up for Australia. The E-Ray uses the same 369kW LT2 V8 from the base Stingray, but paired with a 118kW electric, combining for just shy of 450kW.
Combine that with the unique AWD, the hybrid ‘Vette will clock 100km/h from a stop in just 2.5-seconds. Local pricing is yet to be confirmed, but we do know MSRP in the US for an E-Ray begins at US$106,595.
If the ZR1 is to come to Australia to complete the line up, it’ll make for one hell of a local performance offering from The General.
And if that wasn’t enough, there are strong rumours that the the ZR1 will be followed by the Zora model, combining the ZR1’s twin-turbo V8 with hybrid motors for more than 1000hp, through an AWD driveline.