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While the C7 Corvette Stingray will come to market with 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, that’s just not enough thrust for some buyers. Yes, a new Z06 (with up to 600 horsepower) and a new ZR1 (which will target 700 hp) are in the works, but don’t expect either before sometime in 2014.
In the mean time, those with a hardcore need for speed can reach out to Hennessey, which promises to offer supercharger systems to bump the Stingray’s output to 700 horsepower, or twin-turbo systems that will deliver between 800 and 1,000 horsepower.
If the cost (in terms of both dollars and engine life) is more than you’re willing to spend, Hennessey will also offer up bolt-on upgrades that will yield a more modest increase in performance, like cold-air intakes, headers and catalyst-back exhaust systems.
If you’re happy with the as-delivered 450 ponies, Hennessey can still sell you wheel and tire packages, Brembo brake systems and suspension upgrades, to name but a few go-fast options from the company behind the Venom GT supercar.
We’re not sure how far along in the development process Hennessey is, since its website says the parts are planned, not in stock. While you may not be able to park an 800-horsepower, Hennessey-tuned Stingray in the garage a week after you get your C7, we’re sure Hennessey will beat the next ZR1 to market by a comfortable margin.