Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 on the way: can it go any faster?

In the US, the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is under pressure testing. The upcoming new sporty top version of the current Corvette will still have a lot of work to do to become faster than the Corvette E-Ray, but the goal is clear in any case.

With the current Corvette, Chevrolet took a different tack, by no longer mounting the engine in the nose but in the middle. However, some things just stayed the same, there is also a Z06 version of it. That temporary topper with its no less than 670 hp atmospheric (!) V8 is already extremely impressive, but it can always be crazier. There is also another Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 in the barrel and we see it in these pictures.

You can’t miss that we are dealing with a pretty heavy Corvette. At the back is an immense rear wing, which we already know from the Z06, and at the bottom of the wide butt – also like the Z06 – four exhaust tips in a row. The fact that the car is well packed suggests that the Corvette ZR1 gets some aerodynamic extras. Probably not an unnecessary luxury, because we assume that the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will get an even more powerful V8. Count on a power of well over 700 hp, just like its predecessor. The only question is whether Chevrolet will further tickle the 5.5 V8 from the Z06 or take the 6.2 V8 from the regular Corvette as a basis.

In any case, it is clear which car Chevrolet as benchmark used for the Corvette ZR1. According to our spy photographer, a Porsche 911 GT2 RS was constantly present during testing of the ZR1. To keep up with that, the Corvette ZR1 must at least accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds and have a top speed of close to 350 km/h. The big question is: will the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – undoubtedly more track-savvy – also be faster than the hybrid Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray? With its sprint from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.5 seconds, it has set the bar quite high. We may not get the answer to that question until the end of this year, or even in the new year.


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