2008 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 supercar

2008 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: 638 hp confirmed!
2008 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

GM’s new LS9 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine has been officially certified by SAE as having a maximum power output of impressive 638 hp and peak torque of 819 Nm (604 lb-ft).

Delivering almost 103 hp per liter, the supercharged LS9 (the mill is equipped with a sixth-generation Eaton TVS R2300 roots 4-lobe supercharger with intercoolers from Behr that dramatically increases the unit’s efficiency) is the most powerful engine ever installed by GM in a production vehicle. In the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 supercar, that is.

2008 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 supercar

With so much power available under the hood, the ZR1 will have a speed limit in excess of 200 mph.

According to GM, the new C6 ZR1 is equipped with a seriously upgraded 6-speed manual gearbox and features a heavy duty limited slip differential with carbon and steel plates that will help a driver to better utilize all that energy on a Nurburgring or some other demanding track.

2008 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (interior)

What is even more wonderful is that the car with its aluminum body and lots of carbon fiber panels and a curb weight of just 1544 kg (slightly over 3400 lb) will be the most fuel-efficient vehicle with an over 600 hp capable engine when it comes to market in the middle of the year.

2008 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (under the hood)
2008 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (GMs LS9 supercharged V8 engine, cutout)
2008 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (supercharger)

Photos: GM/Chevrolet

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