Because why not?!
The mid-engine Corvette has caused quite a bit of fanfare over the last several months. Almost immediately after the new ‘Vette won MotorTrend’s coveted Car of the Year award, reports surfaced that a 900-hp ZR1 will eventually reprise its role as top dog of the ‘Vette range. But what if you don’t want to wait, and 900 hp simply isn’t enough (because you’re insane)? Well, have no fear, John Hennessey is here.
The Texas tuner recently announced that he and his team will offer up to 1,200 hp via a specially designed twin-turbo system in addition to upgrading the internals of the LT2 V-8 with forged aluminum pistons and forged steel connecting rods. When I spoke with Hennessy at the C8 reveal in July, he mentioned that, though he was excited to get to work on the new C8, he was worried that Chevy might intentionally prevent tuners like him from making big changes to the engine. Based on the limited info in the release, the Texas-based tuning firm is likely still working out the details on its C8 offering, but it sounds like Hennessey’s initial concerns about the mid-engine Corvette’s tunability have been put to rest.
Hennessey Performance Engineering will also upgrade the Tremec eight-speed DCT and will offer a series of other upgrades to make the C8 Corvette a little racier on the outside. The company plans on offering a carbon-fiber aero kit that includes a huge rear wing, a new front splitter, and airdam—we also see a roof scoop we hope to see on customer cars. Bigger Brembo brakes, new wheel and tire packages, and Penske suspension mods will also be made available to help tame all that extra grunt. A lightweight, stainless-steel exhaust will also be available upon request.
No word on pricing yet, but we’re pretty sure it won’t be cheap. To give you some idea, back when the C7 Corvette was new, Hennessey offered its 1,000-hp supercharged HPE1000 package for nearly $68,000 USD, not including the price of a C7 Stingray.