The 9.8-liter V12 Corvette that never was

It would have been mad. And great

American manufacturers have always fitting ginormous engines under the hood of their cars and this one-off Corvette C4, dubbed the 'ZR-12 Conan', takes the love for cubic capacity to a whole different level because it is powered by a 600 cu in / 9.8-liter V12, putting out 686 hp and 680 lb-ft of torque. Nine-point-eight-liter. Awesome.

Obviously, in order to make the car functional and usable, a lot more work was required having slammed such a large engine under the hood. The chassis had to be stretched by 5 inches to accommodate the new powertrain, and the gearbox and the suspension were modified as well.

Amazingly, this is not a one-of-a-kind commission made for an eccentric millionaire or a modern restomod because this is actually a proper Corvette, developed by Chevrolet in the early 1990s to go against the Dodge Viper which, as we all know, featured the largest engine available on a production car with an 8-liter V10.

Chevy turned to Ryan Falconer Industries to build their new 9.8-liter Corvette but they realized right off the bat that the idea wasn't economically viable. The engine alone would reportedly cost around $45,000 on its own, that's around $89,000 in today's money, bringing the price tag for a Corvette way over the acceptable limit. Chevy knew it wouldn't have made financial sense and no one would have bought one, and eventually decided to scrap the project. Pity.

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Comments (49)

  • They should have built this even in limited numbers. This would have been truly awesome and legen...DARY, Legendary.

      16 days ago
  • A bigger engine doesn't mean a better car

      16 days ago
    • And means it’s no longer a sports car.

        12 days ago
    • But wouldn't a smaller and lighter engine benefit handling? But I know power delivery will not be as good as a big NA

        12 days ago
  • I want to know it’s mpg

      16 days ago
  • I really don't give a sh*t is it power or displacement - the sheer fact that I have a Vette with a 10 liter V12 is awsome - and you don't buy a Vette with a sense of nerdy precision and lust for seconds. So, you can have all the 911's out there, I will step aside for you and then thrash my big V12 Corvette, laughing out loud to its ridiculousness and sheer power...

    I need a coffee, got carried away...

      13 days ago
  • No replacement for displacement 😎🔥🇺🇸

      13 days ago
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