Spy shots of a mysterious C7 Corvette have recently flooded the internet and left nearly every publication (including us) pointing to a new C7 Corvette ZR1. We’ve heard rumors, reports and more that a C7 Corvette ZR1 would be a finale for the front-engined Corvette as we know it before a rumored mid-engined Corvette becomes reality as a C8 Corvette.
But, what better publication to speculate on what this mystery Corvette could be than Corvette Blogger? It brings up 10 reasons why this Corvette we’re seeing isn’t a ZR1 at all. In fact, it could be a Z06X, factory prepped track car.
And it begins to make some sense, too. General Motors recently filed to uphold its L88 trademark, pointing to Corvette racers of yore. Enthusiasts will recall the L88 badge signifying factory-built Corvettes ready for the track during the 1960s. It could be a historic play to bring a beast back to life.
There’s also the fact Corvette product manager, Harlan Charles, wants a track-ready Corvette. As he told Car and Driver in 2014, he’d love to see a C7 Z06X make it to production, much like the C6 Z06X track car.
“The idea was a non-street-legal, factory-built track car, and that is something that we are considering would be a great thing to apply to the new Corvette Z06,” Charles said. “I mean that’s something we could see in the future. We’ve got a lot of ideas, but nothing to show today, unfortunately.”
Regarding liveability, that massive rear wing is a major red flag, too. The previous Corvette ZR1s were not just top-speed machines, but also ready for daily driving. A rear wing like that isn’t exactly part of a daily-driving recipe.
It would also give Corvette enthusiasts the track-purpose machine they have clamored for, and provide an excellent piece for the Michelin Corvette Challenge Series.
Those are only a few reasons why we may not be looking at a Corvette ZR1 at all. Is a Corvette ZR1 coming? Probably. But this might not be it.