2018 Corvette ZR1 Returns With Ad Hoc Exhaust Because It Was As Loud As A Jet

The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 was recently caught undergoing testing on the Nürburgring in stormy conditions and now the car is back in action on a sunnier day.

Snapped outside the entrance to the Green Hell, the prototype has an intimidating appearance thanks to a front splitter and an aggressive front bumper with large air intakes. The range-topper is also distinguished by a massive rear wing and lightweight alloy wheels that are backed up by a high-performance braking system with blue calipers.

The overall design resembles previous prototypes but this model has additional pipes added to the rear exhaust. This was likely done to appease Nürburgring officials as the car reportedly produced over 100 decibels of sound during its previous run. That’s about as much as a jet flyover at 1000 feet and it exceeds the limits allowed during industry test sessions.

The prototype’s bulging hood suggests a monster of an engine is lurking underneath and, if previous reports are correct, it could be an all-new twin-turbo LT5 V8. Little is known about the engine at this point but rumors suggest it could develop more than 700 hp (710 PS). If that number pans out, the ZR1 will have no problem besting the Z06 which comes with 650 hp (659 PS).

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  • kachuks

    They’re testing out the rat rod styling cues that will be an optional package.

  • john1168
    • Randy Terpstra

      Thanks John, for letting us hear, what the article talks about. 😀

    • john1168

      Listen to this video. You can hear supercharger whine. My guess is higher output LT4 (supercharged) with maybe 750hp. I hope the 10 speed auto comes with it.

      • FactChecker90803

        If Katech can modify an LT4 and get 780hp, for $10,004 (manual), $10,504 (automatic) with a warranty, I see no problem with GM attaining 750-800hp in the Ultimate Corvette.

  • Kash

    I’m gonna bank on closer to 730-750 ballpark for power just to really put some distance between this and the Z06

    And that hood bulge is the car equivalent as a guy in grey sweatpants

  • Shobin Drogan

    Too loud you say? Someone needs to straight pipe it when it’s out. Lol

  • Tumbi Mtika

    900 HP?

    • john1168

      That would be sswweeeeettt!!!

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Damn right! The ZR1 is supposed to stop the squabbling between the little muscle cars. It must exert dominance!

        • john1168

          yeah, YEAH!!! What you said!!! 🙂 Personally I think this car is gonna kick serious ass. The Z06 with 650 hp is awesome on the track and does 0 – 60 in 2.9. If this has even 750 hp with more efficient aerodynamics…. I think it’s gonna be awesome!

          • Tumbi Mtika


  • Astonman

    Car & Driver thought that Corvette would be a two tiered models in 2019 – Front Engined for the normal folks and the rear for a premium audience. We’ve seen this ZR1s development to be the top Corvette to end the C7 sale cycle and we’ve seen the rear mid-engine Corvette in prototype, but have not seen a front engine C8 prototype. Wondering if they’re going all rear engined…

    • Status

      The C8 will be rear-mid. There will be no front-mid C8. There is no two-tiered range of Corvettes coming. The C7 will be the last front-mid Corvette.

      • Bob White

        Agreed. Too little volume to justify 2 different cars. Just like today, you will have an entry level, mid and high end version of the C8 mid-engine. The Camaro has gone upscale to fill the void for the entry level front engine.

        And then we have the Corvette SUV…. which is another discussion. Lol

      • Astonman

        Thanks Status – Decisions decisions….

    • Kash

      Everyone seems to think the C8 Vette will only be Mid-engine and lot of them are saying this is confirmed because they haven’t seen a front engined C8 mule, well Chevy knows how to develop a front engined Vette they’ve done it for decades, but a mid engined car is gonna take more time to develop it’s not something they’ve ever done they’re starting from less than scratch. I’m siding with C&D and the two tier setup. I also wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see the mid engine C8 come out first and even sell for a couple years (18-24 months) alongside the last few C7’s before they launch the front engine C8. The reason the Vette does well and is still around while the Viper is 6ft under was because its so accessible and you don’t have to drop $80k to get a decent model. A mid engine Vette is gonna start a lot closer to $100k, if not over, than the current $55k. Chevy isn’t about to lose those sales. There’s also the heritage of the front engine Vette, another thing Chevy isn’t about to just drop.

      • Astonman

        For the most part I agree – however regarding the mid-engine rear, last year Bob Lutz wrote in Road & Track that they were already working on the mid-engine when the market crashed. I think they are further ahead than you think.

        • Kash

          Can’t say I’m surprised, this is a whole new ballpark for GM. The design process alone is a solid 2 years if not more, but it’s still a long process and only now are we actually seeing mules out testing and they aren’t even wearing production bodies, or if they are they’re hodge-podged together. and the mules we are seeing seem to just be the same one, there’s no fleet of them rolling around, it’s 1 at a time. I think the closest we’ve seen is the one that looks like the Gallardo in general shape but is so heavily camo’d. I hope they’re near the end, i do, they’ve had enough time to work on it, I can’t imagine Chevy footing the bill for this for much longer.

          • Astonman

            I am so excited. Can’t wait to see more and more bits of news as the days get closer.


    Didn’t we see up close pics that show zr1 supercharged?

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Really? You put a Nurburgring sticker on the rear bumper of a camo’d test mule?….

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