2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Prototypes Spied Sporting Large Adjustable Rear Wings

Mar 30, 2017 08:40 AM EDT | JP Olvido

Chevrolet has decided to resurrect the ZR1 nameplate in the form of a 2018 model later this year. The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is said to be replacing the top-selling 2016 Corvette Stingray,

The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The ZR1 nameplate first came out in 1970 and is believed to be named in honor of the Corvette's patron saint Zora Arkus-Duntov. The ZR supposedly stands for Zora Racer.

The 2018 model is expected to be capable of 750 or even more horsepower from the current 6.2-liter engine. The horsepower will supposedly come from larger intercoolers and a lot more air from the Eaton supercharger. The engine will be get assistance from tweaked direct fuel injection and variable valve timing.

It is speculated that the 2018 ZR1 will come in both coupe and convertible body types. The vehicle could possibly feature either a seven-speed Tremec manual transmission or General Motor's eight-speed automatic transmission.

Vehicles from supercar manufacturers McLaren, Porsche, and Mercedes-AMG currently not offer 750 horsepower. The closest to that number to date is only the Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce at 740.

The design of the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is said to take inspiration from Learjet catalogs. Spy shots and videos of the vehicle show that wing that extends at the rear is manually adjustable. Winglets on each side looks be installed for the purpose of improving efficiency.

The spy shots and videos show what appear to be prototypes of the vehicle. The prototypes appear to sport pentagram-style wheels and a honeycomb-like mesh on the front which is more or less similar to what is on the Camaro ZL1.

As far as the price of the ZR1 is concerned, it is expected that will cost a little over than that of the 2013 model which had a starting price of roughly US$114,000. There are speculations it could possibly be around US$136,000.

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