We recently climbed out of the world-beating 2017 Corvette Grand Sport, which is the latest and one of the greatest Corvettes we’ve ever had the opportunity to pilot and write about for your reading pleasure (but of course, the pleasure was all ours). As good as the new Corvette Grand Sport is, there’s still more to come from the C7 program, as evident by recent aerial spy photos that can be viewed on Autoblog and other websites.
First off, it’s immediately clear that this *is not* a mid-engine Corvette that the world has been anticipating. This is definitely something else. Something that doesn’t stray from the current C7 formula as we know it. At least by shape. We say this because we have absolutely no certain idea what could be lurking underneath the shrouded hood of this harlequined-out Corvette. That said, there is a very noticeable bump in the middle of the hood, and what looks to be some very serious front vent work for cooling purposes. With that in mind, it’s very likely this thing features forced induction of some fashion. There’s also a pair of strut brackets on the rear decklid that would presumably support a massive wing — which appears to be missing. And when we say “massive” — we’re estimating Porsche 911 GT3-to-Dodge Viper ACR levels of massive, judging by the height of these struts. Downforce? Downforce.
So, if it’s not a mid-engined Corvette, what could it be? Well, we do have some morsels of information that may help us connect the dots. First of all, it may be premature to call this mystery C7 a next-generation Corvette ZR1. It’s possible, but based on GM USPTO trademark applications, we have other possibilities. ZR1 is a front runner, but it could also be a Corvette Zora, Corvette E-Ray or Corvette L88, all based on what’s currently alive in the trademark office.
Judging by how little camo is on this thing, we could see the official unveiling of this skunkworks Corvette as soon as this coming auto show season, beginning in just a few months. Stay tuned.