The newest spy shots taken of the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 show emphasis on aero with hints at a big supercharger underneath the hood.
We’re not saying that the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 got the United States out of a depression but right about the same time our economy was stabilizing GM was releasing and selling its C6 ZR1. Coincidence? Jokes aside the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is a much-anticipated successor to the C6 ZR1 and the latest spy shots coming from Motor1.com (Apr. 18, 2017) point to an experience not so much focused on big power numbers as being an ultimate track hero complete with all the aero. Check out a couple of photos that are circulating on social media below.
Chevy Corvette ZR1 spy photo
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The biggest and most prominent change compared to the C7 ZO6 is that large spoiler jutting out into the sky. True to the Corvette being the leader in being the best bang for your buck, this wing isn’t hydraulically actuated but could possibly allow for minor adjustable tweaks. This is in stark contrast to the Z06’s little duckbill spoiler.
Up front, there’s no denying something big hiding underneath that hood in the form of what most are assuming is a larger supercharger. When Eaton introduced their TVS 2650 series supercharger at SEMA 2016 a couple of ‘Vette enthusiasts pondered whether or not this SC would make its way to the ZR1. We’d like to think that GM has sorted out packaging issues and stuffed that bad boy underneath the hood. The Z06 is currently running Eaton’s smaller 1.7 TVS supercharger.
As far as cooling is concerned, we’re certain GM is triple checking how well its intercoolers are working thanks to complaints from overheating Z06 customers. The front bumper sports three massive air intakes all over its giant front splitter.
GM has been hush-hush on specs of this ZR1. The C6 ZR1 had 638 HP and 604 lb-ft. which trumped the C6 z06’s 505 HP and 475 lb-ft. The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has a whopping 650 HP and 650 lb-ft so it’s safe to say that the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will be sporting more than 700 HP and 700 lb-ft.
Power wasn’t always the differentiator when it came to the ZR1 and the Z06, both were fundamentally different driving experiences. Since GM raised the bar so much with the Z06 we’re sure they’re going to live up to that ZR1 ethos of being a true supercar slayer on a budget.