The Corvette ZR1 Gets an Official Reveal in Late July

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Chevy is set to expand the Corvette catalog again, this time with its most potent variant yet. The Corvette ZR1 will get an official reveal in July, according to the automaker, landing with what will almost certainly be an insanely powerful V8 and wild bodywork.

The ZR1 is expected to get the flat-plane-crank V8 from the Corvette Z06 while adding two turbochargers, which will likely elevate the car’s power output beyond 800 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive and a dual-clutch transmission are also expected. That combination should push the car’s 0-60 mph times below 2.5 seconds.

Chevrolet will likely leave the car’s interior mostly alone, with the ZR1 closely mirroring the Z06, Stingray, and E-Ray. Its exterior bodywork may look similar to the Z06’s super-aggro styling, but it may be even more aggressive, and we’ll likely see a prominent rear wing. Chevy may also offer a performance and appearance upgrade package similar to the Z07 options group offered for the Z06.

We don’t have full pricing details yet, but most estimates peg the starting price at north of $150,000. That said, some Corvettes see list prices that significantly outpace their MSRPs, as dealers are keen to take advantage of the cars’ desirability and rarity.

The Corvette isn’t exactly the bargain supercar alternative it once was, but $150,000 for the level of performance the ZR1 will offer is a pretty solid deal. Chevrolet and GM have managed to bake in enough speed, handling, and electronics to make the eighth-generation ‘Vette a legit competitor on the world stage, and the ZR1 will elevate the car to new levels.

[Images: Chevrolet]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Bd2 Bd2 on Jun 20, 2024

    Too bad gm didn't make the C8 better looking to begin with...

    • Bd2 Bd2 on Jun 21, 2024

      Hyundai N could have done far better indeed and they are with the Magma series.

  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Jun 21, 2024

    Because the Z06 just isn't fast enough...

    These will be snatched up by collectors and will appear on Mecum auto auctions 20 years from now at 4X the price.

    • Bd2 Bd2 on Jun 21, 2024

      Yes alongside Kia EV6 GTs and Hyundai Ioniq 5 Ns.

  • Jalop1991 I just read that Tesla's profits are WAY down "as the electric vehicle company has faced both more EV competition from established automakers and a slowing of overall EV sales growth." This Cadillac wouldn't help Tesla at all, but the slowing market of EV sales overall means this should be a halo/boutique car. Regardless, yes, they should make it.
  • FreedMike It's just a damn shame that Alfa never conquered its' quality demons in time for the Giulia and Stelvio to hit the market - these are loaded with personality, and we need more product like that.
  • ToolGuy When Cadillac takes all the advice offered by TTAC, will Cadillac be as Awesome as TTAC? LOL
  • ToolGuy When I say the chances of me buying one of these are remote, I mean remote as in (insert your own joke here)
  • ToolGuy Cool.