2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is a top achievement in terms of this model. If nothing else, then this model is remembered for exceptional power, expressed in horsepower. Many were expecting this model to be presented at NAIAS in Detroit. However, in January 2017, the premiere failed. Either way, supercar fans, eagerly await this model.
Where did the idea come from Corvette ZR1? This is not the first time that Chevrolet insists on this model. Namely, for the first time this name, or “ZR1” logo, brought 53 Corvette models, which were sold in the 70s of the last century. The chassis and power unit, this model, were racing-oriented. Next time, this name was used in the 90’s of the last century. Then 6939 Corvette was sold with the ZR1 logo. This model had a 5.7-liter V8 Lotus designed DOHC, with 405 horsepower. The latest in a row, ZR1 was sold between 2009 and 2013. 4684 copies were sold, and this C6 Corvette collapsed at 200 mph, with its 638 horsepower.
Many are wondering what are the Z and R letters, in the name of this model. Legend claims the letter stand for Zora Racer, in honor of the Corvette patron saint Zora Arcus-Duntov. And why Chevrolet plans to offer a new ZR1 model. Chevrolet sold C7 Corvette Stingray in over 40,000 copies in 2016. In order to pay tribute to this generation of models, the company will offer the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
Although the NAIAS premier failed in 2017, this model is expected soon. The 2017 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase is mentioned as a possible location, or the event where this model will be presented. Many agree that on this event the best features of this model could be highlighted. Otherwise, this event is scheduled for the beginning of August 2017.
2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Specs
The 2018 Corvette ZR1 has a clear goal in front of you. That is, download from the trunks of Dodge Hellcat models that develop over 700 horsepower. Still, the task is not easy. From the current 6.2-liter LT5 engine, this engine needs to deliver over 750 horsepower. This should help the 1.7-liter Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger. This supercharger aids from re-tuned direct fuel injection and variable valve timing.
The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is also the latest model of the current, C7 generation model. Also, this is the latest model that has a front mounted engine. The next generation, the Corvette C8, gets a centrally positioned engine.
According to available information, the new Corvette ZR1 will be available in both the coupe and the convertible edition. Also, sources mention the choice between seven-speed Tremec manual transmission and GM’s eight-speed automatic.
After the Corvette ZR1, we are expecting the arrival of a new Corvette C8 models. We have already mentioned that this model will have a centrally installed engine. It has not yet been announced how the engine will run the new model. However, there are indications that this could be the V8 32-valve. Some even convey the hybrid drive system for the C8 model.
The previous ZR1 model, which was sold by 2013, has a price of around $ 115,000. It’s almost certain that the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will be sold at a higher price than that. According to some company trends, the price for the latest C7 era model is expected to be around $ 135,000.