Corvette ZR1 breaks cover! Well, sort of…
In the automotive equivalent of introducing a new member to the rest of the family, our spy photographers caught the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 traveling with a Corvette Z06, a Corvette E-Ray, and a Porsche 911 in what was most likely a benchmarking session for the ZR1 in Detroit.
The ZR1 is heavily camouflaged with thick plastic, and even the wheels are covered with camouflage discs. But there’s no hiding the massive rubber those wheels are carrying. As for the engine, we’re expecting a twin-turbo version of the Z06’s 5.5-liter DOHC V-8, something in the vicinity of 875 horsepower, with the long-rumored Zora model – if indeed it happens – nearing 1000 horses.
That model would be fittingly named in honor of Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, credited with making the pleasant roadster into a genuine sports car in the late 1950s and into the 1960s. The Zora would likely be a hybrid with all-wheel-drive.
Consequently, we have to be careful using the term “ultimate Corvette,” until we know for sure what the final version of the C8’s absolute king of the hill will be.
Regardless of the camo, we can still see that it’s hiding a substantial splitter at the bottom of the front fascia. Out back, we can see the same wing as used on the Z06, but that would be easy to change for the ZR1’s production version if Chevrolet is so inclined.
Look for the Corvette ZR1 as a 2025 model. As for the Zora – your guess is as good as ours.