Instead, the camo has been replaced with a distorting swirl camouflage to distract our eyes from what’s truly going on. However, this thin cloaking device can’t hide what’s going on at the front of the car, specifically the hood. It’s clear there’s a major power bulge where a larger supercharger likely sits.
The previous ZR1 featured a 2.3-liter supercharger; in comparison, the 2017 C7 Corvette Z06 makes do with just a 1.7-liter supercharger paired to its 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine. Reports continue to suggest we will see over 700 hp from the 2018 C7 Corvette ZR1, possibly paired to General Motors’ latest ten-speed automatic gearbox.
As for the rest of this prototype, it’s easy to see its track-day focus. The large wing return in the rear, and the front fascia has been tweaked for greater airflow and aerodynamics. There’s even a massive front splitter present, too.
Interestingly, these prototypes do not feature the blue brake calipers that have been present on many test vehicles we’ve seen in the past. The blue calipers have long been associated with the beastly C6 Corvette ZR1, appropriately named “Blue Devil.”
If the rumormill is right, we should see the production ZR1 bow at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan this January.
Spy shots: Autoblog