Chevrolet’s C8 Corvette Stingray is just about to hit dealers, and at launch the only engine available is a naturally aspirated LT2 6.2-liter V-8. The coming ZR1 variant will likely use a twin-turbocharged version of the flat-plane-crank engine and can be expected to put out well over 800 horsepower. But Corvette fanatics who can’t be patient for the twin-turbo ZR1 can now turn to Texas tuning house Hennessey and place an order for a twin-turbo C8 Vette with up to 1200 horsepower.
The tuning company claims the HPE1200 twin-turbo C8 Corvette will use a specially built LT2 V8 engine with upgraded engine internals, including forged aluminum pistons, modification to a 10.0:1 compression ratio, and forged steel connecting rods. Just upgrading the engine isn’t enough, though, and, according to Hennessy, the HPE1200 will also “incorporate an upgraded and fortified factory dual-clutch automatic transmission and a full Brembo brake system.” Hopefully, it will also include the awesome roof scoop on the renderings Hennessy has put together to go with its announcement.
Hennessey’s CarbonAero carbon-fiber body upgrades for the C8 include a front splitter, a roof air scoop, and a rear carbon-fiber wing with American flags on the side and Hennessey script on the top (just like the “Porsche” script on the wing of the GT3/GT2 RS equipped with the Weissach package).
Before the HPE1200 arrives, the company will offer a supercharger system upgrade once the ability for computer tuning is unlocked, as well as a stainless-steel exhaust system. Hennessy also notes that it has now sold 500 modified C7 Corvettes as well, and it’ll be interesting to see the take rate on the already more powerful C8 version.