Chevrolet is set to make a bold statement with their upcoming track-focused ZR1 version of the C8-generation Corvette. This new iteration, following the successful introduction of the mid-engined layout, has been spotted for the first time.
Much like its predecessor, the C7-generation ZR1 Corvette, the new ZR1 boasts an imposing rear wing and air-intake ducts. The standout feature is the adjustable rear spoiler, with visible bolts on its struts, suggesting potential customization.
The front bumper has undergone a significant transformation, now featuring canards on the sides to enhance front-end downforce. During testing at the Nürburgring’s ‘mini karussell,’ the car’s firm suspension setup is evident. Notable vents are incorporated into the hood, and additional smaller ducts flank the engine intakes on the sides.
Beneath the new alloy wheels, larger brakes are expected to provide enhanced stopping power. This upgrade is necessary because the ZR1 is anticipated to elevate the performance of the race-derived 5.5-liter V8 engine from 500kW to well over 600kW, achieved through the addition of twin-turbochargers. Unlike the new Corvette E-Ray, the ZR1 opts for a more hardcore approach without hybridization. Furthermore, a centrally-mounted quad-exhaust system promises to deliver an exhilarating soundtrack.
As with all C8 Corvettes, the ZR1 will utilize an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to power the rear wheels. Chevrolet is claiming a 0-100km/h time of 2.7 seconds for the Z06 and a top speed of 313km/h. With the added power in the ZR1, it should outperform the Z06 in acceleration, though the increased focus on aerodynamic downforce may impact its top speed.