The 2016 Hennessey Corvette Z06 is a 1,000-HP Screamer
Plenty of performance cars sound “good” when revved to the limit, throttle wide open. Some even sound “great,” but if you ask this humble writer’s opinion, few sound as brutally perfect as this—the latest hopped-up Hennessey Corvette Z06. The transformation from standard 2016 Corvette Z06 to this beast is not a simple one, as you might expect, and under the hood there’s a veritable blast furnace of power. But the engine’s exotic technical details arguably play second fiddle to its incredible sound. Take a listen, and try not to drool. RELATED: Hennessey Cranks the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V to 1,000 HP
From idling burble to full-throttle, the Corvette Z06 makes a tremendous wall of noise, and consequently a tremendous amount of horsepower, 1008 hp measured at the engine and 849 ponies measured at the wheels.
No matter how you cut it, that’s impressive. The perceivable real-world result is a blast to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, a dash through the quarter mile in 9.7 seconds, and a top speed of 220 mph. Yowza.
Underneath the hood, the standard 6.4-liter LT4 V8 has been stroked out to a displacement of 6.8-liters and now it’s got a new higher-flow supercharger to force air into it. The rest of its new additions read like a price-no-option wish list: billet steel connecting rods, a heavy duty camshaft and pushrods, CNC-ported cylinder heads with competition-spec valves, upgraded valve springs, a stainless steel exhaust, and an “extreme duty" intercooler to keep that charged air relatively chilled.
Granted, some may prefer the wailing clamor of a pair of turbochargers. But compared to this? Well, they may become converts.
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