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The upcoming Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will be the most cutting-edge ‘Vette of its kind. However, the incipient ZR1 isn’t alone in its path to supercar stardom. Instead, the C8 Chevrolet Corvette Zora will likely take the famed nameplate to rarified hypercar air.

Early estimates of the Chevrolet Corvette Zora place its raw speed at hypercar heights

The 2025 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will almost certainly upstage the previous generation ZR1 as the most unhinged Corvette of all time. That’s right; General Motors and Chevrolet announced a C8 ZR1 to take the range-topper spot from the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and its 670-horsepower 5.5L LT6 V8. However, the ZR1’s reign won’t be long; early estimates of the appropriately named Chevrolet Corvette Zora put the upcoming ‘Vette at hypercar levels. 

For instance, the Chevrolet Corvette Zora will likely produce over 1,000 horsepower, far and away the highest horsepower of any production Corvette to date. According to Car and Driver, the Zora will likely hit 60 mph in around 1.9 seconds. That’s break-neck speed. To give you a point of comparison, the all-electric Tesla Model S Plaid will hit 60 in around the same timeframe– in ideal, prepped conditions. 

A 5.5L LT6 V8 engine from the Z06, like the one we expect to be twin-turbocharged in the Chevrolet Corvette Zora.
The 5.5L LT6 engine from the Corvette Z06 | General Motors

Moreover, the Chevrolet Corvette Zora is expected to produce its four-figure horsepower figures with a twin-turbocharged derivation of the Z06’s bloody brilliant flat-plane 5.5L V8. It’ll be similar to the mill we expect to see in the 2025 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. However, we expect the Zora to incorporate an electric motor or two to complement the monster LT6 V8.

The result? The Zora will be heavy; we anticipate it to be the first factory Corvette to blow right past the 4,000-lb mark. Still, even with the added girth, the Zora will be the most ballistically quick ‘Vette ever. How? Well, the Chevrolet Corvette Zora will work in all-wheel drive (AWD) for added traction as it launches. And what would you expect? Zora Arkus-Duntov was a visionary in the history of the ‘Vette who conceptualized a mid-engine model long before C8 hit the streets.