2018 Corvette ZR1 Scooped As 700hp+ Swansong To C7

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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  • Zandit75

    So will this sit above the Z06?

    • Astonman

      sounds like it – since it will make more horsepower

      • Zandit75

        Thanks. I didn’t look for a comparison, since these are not available in Oz, I’m not familiar with the model structure.

        • Astonman

          That’s a shame. They are amazing cars.

  • john1168

    Didn’t I read somewhere that the twin turbo dohc V8 wasn’t going to be ready until the second year of production of the mid engine Vette???

    • tony91

      The thing for me if how does a dohc fit in a corvette? Last I checked the reason they stayed with a pushrod is because it’s a v8 that can actually fit under the hood of a corvette.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Chevy have done it before…

  • Carlos Gamarra

    Well I’m interest in the mid-engine c8. Good bye front engine setup

  • Elmediterraneo

    Corvette ZR1 vs Shelby GT500 : +700hp Civil War

  • Six_Tymes

    cant wait to see a review of this ZR1!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I have always wondered how the F12 has managed to make 700+ HP as a front-engined model, and yet Chevy is saying they’re at their max in this layout. But then again, it’s a Ferrari…

    • Six Thousand Times

      Not the layout, the engine is at max.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Oops, my bad.

  • Bob White

    I find it hard to believe they can’t squeeze out another 100hp from the current engine. A slightly larger supercharger would do the trick and the block can handle 1000hp. . I don’t see turbos going in the Vette yet

  • dsa127

    I think they will have the mid and front engine Corvettes out at the same time. Corvette is more of a brand name than just a specific model. Like how there are two “Hellcats”.

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