By on November 9, 2017

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With the Corvette ZR1 currently off the table, Chevrolet has eased the existing Stingray into a comfortable 450 to 650 horsepower. While that might be enough to trounce just about anything you might encounter on the daily commute, it doesn’t have the necessary might to embarrass a Lamborghini Aventador with total assurance.

That’s unfortunate, as one of the Corvette’s best attributes is being able to bully European exotics sitting at a much higher price point. While America does have a handful of muscle and pony cars that can do the job, the majority would have trouble accomplishing that feat going any direction other than straight. So, with Dodge’s Viper now absent from the automotive landscape, we could really use the ZR1 right about now.

Fortunately, it’s coming soon and it’s bringing 750 horsepower with it.

Vette fanatics from Corvette Forum leaked details from the December issue of Car and Driver earlier this week. The cover had the ZR1 plastered across it, accompanied by the words, “A 750-horsepower celebration.” This was followed by a member of the forum posting a digital copy of the entire story.

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We’re not going to share the entire article verbatim, as that would be an awfully crummy thing to do to the good folks at Car and Driver. But we’re happy to give you some highlights. First, the ZR1 looks to use the same 6.2-liter V8 as found in the Z06 — adding a hungrier Eaton supercharger and dual port- and direct-injection. That results in the aforementioned addition of 100 horses and a total of 680 lb-ft of torque.

The body is fitted with all kinds of trick aerodynamics up front and the hood has been raised to account for the taller supercharger. It’s also so tall that it cannot pass European regulations, making the ZR1 distinctly American. Suspension pieces are the same but General Motors will set them up slightly more aggressively on the burley Vette. Coolers and ducting are supposedly enhanced, which is probably not a bad idea when you add power to a vehicle already known for having issues with heat.

Quarter-mile times are expected to sneak under the 11-seconds mark, while the top speed will be a minimum of 210 mph. Slated to debut as a 2019 model-year car, the Corvette ZR1 will have to remain on your waiting list for a while. But the rumor mill claims it will be unveiled in Dubai over the weekend, with its first domestic appearance occurring at the L.A. Auto Show later this month. We don’t know if that’s surely the case, but we would expect it to be at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January, regardless.

 

[Images: Corvette Forum; Car and Driver]

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48 Comments on “Leaked: Next Corvette to Add Heaping Helping of Horsepower...”


  • avatar
    NoID

    Meanwhile, two months ago Viper was gently walked out back behind the barn and shot.

    We had a good time, didn’t we old girl?

    *pats flank*

    Yes. Yes we did. Goodbye friend, and may we meet again some day.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Last front engine pushrod Corvette ever?

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      More than likely. I’ve got some very mixed feelings on the matter and I’m pretty lukewarm on the Vette’s existence.

      • 0 avatar
        PenguinBoy

        So it sounds like you don’t care for the Viper, and you’re ambivalent at best about the Vette. What *do* you like?

        Even if these over the top cars aren’t to your personal taste, it’s hard not to respect their capability. I’m not sure I’ll ever own a Vette or a Viper myself – but they are certainly interesting, I sure am glad they exist in a world of increasingly dull transportation appliances…

      • 0 avatar
        Featherston

        I almost hate to credit Top Gear, but Richard Hammond made a good point when he called the Corvette “America’s 911.” With few exceptions (liquid cooling and available AWD for the 911, OHC for the old ZR-1 Corvette, and so forth), both the 911 and Corvette have been updating the same recipe since 1963. Part of me likes that. And technology and engineering have progressed so far that you can get insane-for-road-going-cars performance from either. In a way, there’s no need to change the recipe but for bench racing purposes.

        OTOH, I’ve never owned either, so there you go.

    • 0 avatar
      jack4x

      What about most powerful manual transmission car from a major manufacturer ever? Not sure who would ever top this one.

  • avatar
    MeJ

    If I remember the article said it was over 3600 lbs. Yikes.
    All that power is great but it’s pushing what’s becoming a fat pig.
    And I think I just read how the new McLaren 720 did a 9.9 quarter.
    Maybe it has to do with less weight…(he says sarcastically).

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      And how many Corvettes can I buy for McLaren 720 money? Did carbon fiber become magically cheaper for McLaren?

      • 0 avatar
        NG5

        You could get a few carbon fiber BMW i3’s…

      • 0 avatar
        raph

        APaGttH is correct. The vette has to hit a price point so that limits what they can do in terms of weight control and modifying the platform in general.

        McLaren can build an unobtanium car since its patrons will pay unobtanium prices where Corvette buyers either can’t or won’t.

        As much as GM might want to go upmarket with the Corvette and getting Porsche like margins its just not in the cards for anything other than an extremely limited model (say GM’s version of the Ford GT) and even then GM seems mostly known for budget speed and can’t quite make the leap for whatever reason (witness the Z/28 compared to the Shelby Mustangs. Evan at a 75k msrp they were sitting on lots. 3 years later and GT350R’s are still commanding an ADM anywhere from 10-40k)

  • avatar
    NeilM

    Looks as if GM is trying to reclaim horsepower bragging rights from the Hellcat.

    • 0 avatar
      NoID

      Yeah, well, not only did SRT holeshot them this year, they’re still pulling away. Word on the street is that the GM Performance guys were pissed when Demon horsepower figures were revealed. Turns out GM was playing leapfrog with a unicorn.

      Thanks Benny!

    • 0 avatar
      brn

      But not the Demon.

      As we all know, the Corvette and the Challenger are two very different vehicles.

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    While I can appreciate more power, I have issues putting down the 460 HP in my Stingray. And the colder the tires, the more I feel TC cutting in. On the street, things happen so fast on a (near) full throttle run to 80 I’d be more than a bit intimidated with 750 horses to play with. Still, the fact that no matter how I try, the front stays planted which makes for a lot of cornering fun. Frankly, given a choice, I’d rather have the smoothness of steel panels than more HP.

    • 0 avatar
      SunnyvaleCA

      As a Porsche Cayman S owner, I’d like to see the Corvette move more in “my” direction: mid engine and smaller overall dimensions. I would sure love having even the weakest current Corvette engine sitting behind my head. Plus, having 55% to 60% of the weight on the rear wheels would help when trying to put down the power.

    • 0 avatar
      87 Morgan

      I am having loads of fun with my new to me ls2 powered vette’. The 400 hp it lays down is more than enough for me to grin every time I get behind the wheel.

      750 hp sounds dangerous to me on a public road with the requisite public on said road. As you mentioned a lot can and does happen quickly.

      • 0 avatar
        Tele Vision

        I have the LS2 in my 2007 CTS-V. It loses out in acceleration compared to the donor ‘Vette but its sleeper qualities more than make up for it – as do the four doors; five seats; and trunk.

      • 0 avatar
        raph

        Its dangerous in the hands of a sociopath but given the level of polish and the threshold at which the defeatable nannies kick in a 750 horsepower Corvette isn’t all that scary.

        There are plenty of cars out there with more primitive suspensions and traction control with the same or more power.

        5-7k spent on todays cars will get you anywhere from 600-800 horsepower at the wheels due to the magic of forced induction and that’s just what is commonly available. Dedicated systems can push that much higher. Right now at least 5 vehicles in my area come to mind that are flirting with or have passed the four digit mark in horsepower.

        The real saving grace for cars like the ZR1, ZL1, Hellcat, Demon and so on is that big HP numbers are more or less just a bragging right. People rarely if ever act on it and most of the stories you see about high HP cars turned unfulfilled death machine are either people who should never have been given the keys in the first place (think Yolo D-bag that is offended by anybody who doesn’t pull the fuse on the ABS/TCS/ESC as soon as they leave the dealership lot and idea of being a good driver is shutting down the freeway to do some sick drifting yo!) or some unlucky bastard that just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

        Your average buyer of these cars tends to be older brand nut swingers looking for the C&C likes and might have been more aggressive in their youth and survived or just never has been all that fast at all and not particularly interested in running the car as hard and fast as its capable.

        Although I concede there are outliers.

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    Pointless. Just like all the mega-hp cars. I’d have far more fun in a Miata, and probably keep my license a lot longer.

    But I guess all those old retired Navy hat wearing guys with inappropriately young trophy wives can’t take it with them, so Chevy might as well grab some cash.

    • 0 avatar
      PenguinBoy

      “Pointless”
      But isn’t that the point?

      “I’d have far more fun in a Miata, and probably keep my license a lot longer”
      To be honest, same goes for me too – but I’m still glad the mega power cars exist. The autonomous electric era will be upon us soon enough, let’s enjoy the irrational exuberance while it lasts.

      “But I guess all those old retired Navy hat wearing guys with inappropriately young trophy wives can’t take it with them, so Chevy might as well grab some cash.”
      If they’re enjoying their cars – more power to them. In addition to the cars and coffee crowd, there’s a very small minority of owners with Baruthian driving skills who can exploit the potential of these beasts on the track.

      • 0 avatar
        stuki

        None of these cars are all that as track cars. A truck capable of towing a race trailer (like Baruth’s latest smallblock), is a much more useful $100+K track investment than a leathered out, rocket powered pimp mobile. The Uber ‘Vettes are probably the least pointless of them, as they are less burdened by luxuries, and will likely have better parts availability, but they are still annoying when bought primarily for track use. Which is what it sounds like one is doing, when justifying the purchase by “how fast it is on the track.”

        Instead, they are fast as heck street cars. For GT type driving, or just asshatting around, sorta-kinda keeping up with Gixxer Bros in flip flops.

        The 86 and Miata make more sense as dual use cars. As they are much cheaper to purchase, and take up less space, than a dedicated track car plus a tow rig. And are set up to work with tires that don’t immediately wear out, and aren’t sticky enough to cause every other part to immediately wear out as well. Ditto for power levels.

        But once you’re spending into the hundreds of thousands on a car to track, it’s both easier and cheaper to have the darned ting sit there, ready to go, on a trailer, while using a more suitable vehicle for daily transportation. In the case of cars like thins, more suitable even includes a giant pickup tow truck.

    • 0 avatar
      MrIcky

      To be fair, a Miata is pointless too. Any vehicle that isn’t a wagon or minivan (and under special circumstance, a truck) is just frivolity. A Corvette simply embraces this fact with more oomph than a Miata.

      • 0 avatar
        Tele Vision

        A Miata is more fun, though. And cheaper.

      • 0 avatar
        The ultimate family-friendly hybrid vehicle is finally here.

        About 90% of the cars and trucks on the road at any given moment have only one person in them – the driver, of course. Even the second seat is wasted weight most of the time.
        Given the choice of a full-sized pickup or SUV, or a minivan, or a Miata, I’ll take the droptop roadster, thank you very much. Enjoy your slushbox while I enjoy that curve coming up.

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    It’s still a Chevy, just like Ma and Pa Kettle’s Malibu.

    I’m sure you can have a fascinating conversation with them about gardening while waiting for your “supercar” to be serviced.
    .
    .

    • 0 avatar
      Maymar

      And I’m sure the Macan/Q5 leasing masses would provide more scintillating conversation? Or are you advocating for Lotus? Because except for using the same engine as the Camry that Ma and Pa Kettle’s neighbours drive, those are safe for now.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      “It’s still a Chevy” .

      AGREED!

      It could have Bugati Chiron HP and Koenigsegg Agera RS top speed of 277.9 mph but it still is a Chevy.

      There are those that will happily buy American muscle but once one gets into Super/Hyper car territory it is all about name and associated prestige.

    • 0 avatar
      87 Morgan

      Yup, sure is. And unlike other “supercars” it is not made with unobtanium and the masses can afford them either new or after awhile used, but they can afford them nonetheless.

      I have never met a driver of a 15 year old 2nd hand Bugati before who readily admitted he could not afford to buy one new. I have met plenty of 2nd hand vette’ owners who enjoy the heck out of their ‘used’ car even though they could not afford the entry price at the front gate. At least Chevy builds something for the rest of us to play with. So, yeah I will wait in the lounge with Ma and Pa Kettle. Their nice folks anyway.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @87 Morgan – Chevy does risk driving the price up to where Ma and Pa Kettle can’t afford it new or used. They have to remember that it may do all the things any Euro-Exotic does, but it needs to sell to a different crowd.

        • 0 avatar
          87 Morgan

          Lou I get it, new the Vette’ certainly gets into silly pricing, especially ZR1.

          My sarcastic thought, which perhaps did not makes it way to the screen (happens often) is that at least Chevy makes a reliable/durable supercar that once it ages out past 10 years a standard fella can afford it. A 10 year old Z06 can be had for a reasonable 30k and won’t cost you a fortune to keep it on the road.

          I used Bugatti as an example, no matter how old and depreciated a Veyron gets, tires for it will still cost 100k. And that is just dumb.

          • 0 avatar
            golden2husky

            Which opens up an interesting question about the allegedly upcoming mid-engine variant. I forked over 75K for my 2014 and frankly that was not an easy amount of cash to part with when you want to retire at 57. How much will new Vette buyers be willing to part with to buy a car? The present models start in the high $50s -where will the mid engine model start? Most loyal Vette owners are not bothered by the Chevy nameplate the way snot brand buyers will likely be. Which begs the question – will buyers of other near-supercars be willing to pony up the bucks for a car with a “pedestrian” nameplate even if said nameplate provides the performance, refinement, and quality? I think a Cadillac variant is a given for this very reason (open fired DW)but even that can backfire if buyers are aware that there is platform sharing. Buyers can be very fickle.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      I’m by no means a GM fan. However GM and Chevy use their very best on the Corvette. A Corvette Z06 is equal to any sportscar in the world; well, under $500,000. Did I say you could your periodic service done at ANY Chevy dealer. No need for Hans go on and on about your $300 oil change nor does Giancarlo have to prattle about the part being broken, it has to air freighted and oh; it will cost $2000.

    • 0 avatar

      Master, Lou,

      So why does the FORD GT get a pass?

    • 0 avatar
      AtoB

      “It’s still a Chevy, just like Ma and Pa Kettle’s Malibu.

      I’m sure you can have a fascinating conversation with them about gardening while waiting for your “supercar” to be serviced.”

      A Chevy will demand you send far less time with the Kettles than you will with the insufferable Ferrari and Alfa owners.

      Talk about Hell!

  • avatar
    05lgt

    There’s something validating about bringing the ugliest, cheapest gun to the across the course and taking top honors. It really helps when there’s an ugly cheap option that can take you past the posers abilities. I’m not that guy, but I’m damn happy the Corvette is out there delivering comeuppance.

  • avatar
    phila_DLJ

    Ah, if only the interior didn’t suck — oh wait, we’re not doing that anymore…

  • avatar

    Mary Barra and GM have little or no interest in engineering excellence. All they seen to care about is profits. The GM of 1996 was a much more healthy company in terms of product and profitability. People today have little interest in GM’s products that aren’t either trucks or large SUVs. I don’t think there is even a GM car in the top ten in domestic sales. The GM cars that do sell are lackluster Korean models like the Cruze.

    GM really sucks!

    • 0 avatar
      87 Morgan

      Welcome back Akear! It has been awhile since you spouted your drivel.

      I was in a Toyota store yesterday. I just can’t see how you can be intellectually honest and claim the interior of the Toyota Sequoia Limited is nicer than the interior of a Tahoe LTZ or Yukon brethren. The Toy looks like it came out of a transformers video with it’s huge gray dials and faux leather seats. For the 61k MSRP it carried I expect a lot better.

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      Clearly akear, you have spent zero seat time in a C7.

  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    I have to applaud GM for making the current Vette a more appealing package . I’m seeing more under 50 y/o professional types , usually in Z51 optioned Vettes vs. show and shine retirees.
    I think there is a place for a Mid-engine vette, but not with a low revving powerplant, it needs something more …exotic


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