The C7 Corvette ZR1 has been spied testing on numerous occasions, however the latest photos of the high-performance ‘Vette show it looking more production ready than ever before.
The close-up photos were taken as a ZR1 prototype was entering General Motors’ Milford Proving Ground in Michigan. The car is wearing less camouflage than other ZR1 prototypes we’ve seen, however the secret-concealing wrap still covers the majority of the front and rear ends. Despite this, the photos give us a good look at the ZR1’s bulged hood and hood vents and completely reworked front fascia.
Logic would dictate the massive bulge has been applied to make room for an enlarged supercharger. Rumors support this theory, suggesting the ZR1 may be in line to receive a more powerful version of the C7 Corvette Z06’s 650 horsepower 6.2-liter LT4 V8. No matter the engine, expect both a seven-speed manual and General Motors‘ new 10-speed automatic it developed in conjunction with Ford to make an appearance.
Previous ZR1 prototypes were spotted with a huge, Viper ACR-style rear wing and a prominent front splitter, but neither are present on this car. This is indication that the downforce-producing pieces will be optional – likely part of an aerodynamics package similar to the C7 Z06’s Z07 package. A GM patent application has also fueled rumors that the ZR1 may utilize active aerodynamics to gain an edge over the competition – namely the aforementioned ACR.
The 2018 Corvette ZR1 should debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January, but an appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December isn’t out of the question.