At Last, We Know When the Corvette ZR1 Will Debut! (It’s July 25)


Chevrolet wants you to mark this on your calendar: July 25, 2024. That’s the day we finally get a look at the 2025 Corvette ZR1.

Or, as Chevy puts it: “We’re gearing up to reveal the unthinkable.”

Unthinkable? Chevrolet has been squeezing out ZR1 teasers in little drips and drabs for months—how can we not think of the car?

Just last April, Chevy shared: “The unthinkable is on the horizon: Corvette ZR1 is coming this summer.” Attached was a link to a 21-second YouTube video that shows a lot of computer-generated smoke masking what looks like a computer-generated Corvette speeding away. Presumably, though, the soundtrack was real, and the audio of what a ZR1 will sound like under power is indeed impressive.

The video linked today is even shorter—4.7 seconds of smoke, and the sound of a car accelerating away from the microphone.

Of course, rumor and information, some it of dubious credibility, is swirling about how the 2025 ZR1 will be powered. Based on the audio, we think the foundation will be the Z06’s muscular 5.5-liter V-8, which in that normally-aspirated configuration makes 670 horsepower. Add a couple of turbochargers, and the ZR1 could easily make over 800 horses; we think 850 is a nice number.

Of course, that could go higher still if the ZR1 is fitted with the Corvette E-Ray’s front axle-mounted, 160-horsepower electric motor. We think 950 is a nice number, too, and all-wheel-drive would be icing on the cake. Or are they saving the electrical bits for the long-rumored, 1000-horsepower Zora Corvette?

These are heady numbers, but unlike, say, the late, lamented 797-horse Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye, which was wonderful in a straight line but a handful on any racetrack with turns, the ZR1 will be a monster on a road course. Look at what Chevrolet was able to do with the 2019 ZR1, built on the front-engine C7 platform: It had a 755-horsepower, supercharged V-8 that made it fun on the drag strip, but where it really excelled was through the corners.

That’s the mandate for the 2025 Corvette ZR1, too. It will benefit from the C8’s mid-engine design, pretty much the optimum layout for exceptional handling. The car will have massive downforce; judging from spy shots of the ZR1, it’ll get a free-standing rear wing that’s bigger than that on the Z06, and an aggressive nose and splitter design inspired by the aerodynamics of the Corvette C8.R race car, which competes in the IMSA series. Some kind of active aero is not only possible, it’s probable.

New C8 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 spy shot front three quarter

Expect massive rubber at all four corners—Michelins, probably— circling similarly enormous carbon ceramic brakes, which came standard on the 2019 ZR1. Expect a massive base price, too, maybe as high as $165,000. After all, the base price of a 2019 ZR1 was $125K—that’s 155 grand in today’s dollars.

And expect more rumors to fly now that we know the 2025 Corvette ZR1 reveal date; we’ll pass along the good ones, and we’ll take you to the car’s debut. Don’t forget to mark those calendars.


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    I don’t expect much surprise here as the leaks were plenty. Now we wait to see if it lives up to our expectations.

    The car is not cheap but compared to the competitors it is not massive.

    Next the Zora will come I expect more changes with it for the price point it will be. The electric front drive and mods to get the power down will take more work.

    I’ve always been a Vette fan and have owned 3. One impressive point was affordability. I love the C-8, but it’s getting very expensive.
    I’m sure inflation is part of the rise, but wow, $165,000 is a lot.😊

    I haven’t adjusted to the look yet, too many angles and parts that look like after thoughts. Every thing one dark colour and silver wheels would do.
    Can the arcade interior and all those television screens. If you could stick half a dozen gauges on the display billboard it might be of some use.
    Lastly a manual transmission, I’m far too old to learn how to drive an automatic.

    The year is 2060 and we are looking back 30 years at the last days of ICE insanity, (much as we revered the late 60s horsepower wars before insurance and fuel prices changed the landscape) with awe at the heights of combustion engineering. In 2060, our EV family SUVs are running 7.5 second/200mph quarter miles and killing teenagers at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, this 90 year old will still be driving my ’68 Vette 327 and marveling at just how much fun a 300hp car can be. Of course, half the fun will be outwitting the cops when I’m buying 93 octane from the bootleggers back in the hills of Hootin’ Holler.

    I’ll take one of every color available. And still spend less than other super cars from across the pond.

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