The first spy shots of the latest and greatest Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 are here giving us a preview of what’s expected to be the final C7-generation model.
The following test mule has evidently been fitted with a thoroughly revised front fascia given the extensive black camouflage hiding most of the design changes. Camo also adorns the rear-end but to a much lesser extent indicating that as predicted, most of the modifications to the range-topping version will be found up front.
Chevy’s current 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 powering the Z06, Camaro ZL1 and Cadillac CTS-V is thought to be operating near its max at 650 hp and 650 lb-ft. Consequently, there’s talk that the new ZR1 will debut a brand new engine dubbed the LT5.
If sources are correct, it is predicted to be a twin-turbo V8 which would help to explain the radical changes at the front end of this prototype, including a set of additional air intakes. While power figures of this engine aren’t known, it will inevitably churn out over 700 hp and have enough torque to split the world in half. The Lamborghini Aventador and Ferrari F12 better look out then.
As this is the first time the model has been spied testing, it won’t debut this year and in all likelihood, instead be released at a major motor show next year before hitting the market as a 2018 model.
If the rumors are true and the C8-generation Corvette is indeed the long-awaited mid-engined model, this final front-engined ‘Vette would be a fitting swansong.
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