U Spy The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 With Different Aero Kits

A pair of 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 prototypes were recently spied in the midst of testing by Carscoops reader Kyle Thoreen.

Chevrolet has been testing the new ZR1 for well over a year and these images appear to confirm previous reports that the car will be offered with at least two different aero kits.

One of the prototypes has been fitted with a towering rear wing which will inevitably help to stick the track-focused Corvette to the tarmac. As for the second prototype, it has a much smaller rear wing barely any more prominent than the lip spoiler of the current Corvette Z06.

During recent outings at Germany’s Nurburgring, it has become increasingly apparent how performance-focused the car will be. There’s even a possibility that Chevrolet will look to set a sub-7-minute lap time at the track but it’s difficult to imagine it topping the GT2 RS’s 6min 47 sec lap record.

When the 2018 Corvette ZR1 arrives in showrooms, it is widely expected to use a new LT5, twin-turbo V8 engine with over 700 hp. However, there remains a possibility that the supercharged V8 of the Z06 will be retained and simply upgraded.



  • Shane

    I know it won’t happen but could you imagine if it beat the Porsche? Have like a week in the spotlight and that’s it.

    • SteersUright

      Why shouldn’t it? Comparable weight, much more power, tons of downforce and RWD, like the Porsche. Of course I dont really expect it to, its a GM product. But I sure would love to see it prove me wrong!

      • Shane

        You make some good valid points but I just don’t see it being half a minute faster than the Camaro ZL1. Maybe not the best car to choose but it is kind of a sibling to it and the Camaro already looked like a handful around the track. I hope they pull out all the stops considering this could be the last FR Corvette and put down a 6.40 time but I think I have a better chance of winning the Powerball lol.

  • Six_Tymes

    I cant wait for the testing/reviews. how in the world are they going to keep the massive power down to just the rear wheels. it will be interesting to watch the reviews, like the vette or not.

  • gary4205

    And why they want to replace this ICON with a rear motor car is beyond me.

    GM should make Corvette it’s own brand and do the Stingray as well as the more expensive “Zora”!

    The more base model ‘Vette is the very definition of “bang for the buck.”

    • Astonman

      There’s something up with the Corvette brand – lots of noise below the surface.

  • tk90

    GT2 RS eater is coming baby!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I think they have a shot at it. Give ’em hell!!!


    Two different aero options…..are you sure it’s not the 1LE package? .

  • john1168

    I’m liking the active aero version over the big wing version. Personally I think this is going to be a 750 hp Z06 (named ZR1). This car is going to kick some ass and I’m hoping will break the 7:00 min barrier at the Ring.