General Motors’s (NYSE:GM) announcement that the new Corvette Z06 would be packing 650 horsepower doesn’t just make the Corvette the a very fast car; it makes it the fastest car that GM has ever built. We were already clued in that it would produce “more than” 625 horsepower, so it doesn’t come as a complete surprise. That colossal figure is matched with 650 pound-feet of torque, meaning that the Corvette Z06 will have some serious go-power.
It also puts it in the ring with industry heavyweights like the Lamborghini Aventador (700 horsepower), the Ferrari F12 Berlintetta (731 horsepower), and is squarely in line with the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and its 662-pony stable.
“Torque is the pulling power of an engine and the LT4 [engine]’s abundance of it at every rpm in the engine’s speed range helps the 2015 Corvette Z06 accelerate quicker and respond nearly instantaneously,” said Jordan Lee, chief engineer for Small Block engines. “It’s the very definition of power on demand.”
The Z06 is notably powerful because the previous high-performance Corvette, the ZR1, won’t be put into production with the new generation, at least GM has no plans to do so. This makes the Z06 the range-topping car in the Corvette stable, so it’s been made extra-hot to account for the absence of the ZR1.