The Corvette ZR1 convertible was caught at General Motors’ Milford Proving Grounds and it’s undeniably the same car we’ve seen on numerous occasions. The power bulge in the hood? Check. Rear wing attached? Check. Larger air ducts in the front bumper? Check. Blue brake calipers as a nod to the C6 ZR1 “Blue Devil”? Also check.
Speaking of the rear wing, it’s the first time a convertible ZR1 prototype has been spotted with one at all, with old shots showing only the coupe with either a small, or gigantic wing, presumably for all the downforce needed. As for power, it’s still unclear. Some reports state a hotter 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine will be plopped under the hood. But, leaked GM documents from last year showed a 6.2-liter DOHC LT5 V8 engine coming for a 2018 model year of Corvette.
It’s possible the C7 ZR1 will feature a DOHC V8, much like its C4-generation predecessor did. Chevrolet is also working on an active aerodynamics system as well, and the ZR1 could feature said system.
We don’t know when we’ll be graced with the C7 ZR1 in the flesh, but considering how often we’re seeing prototypes out and about, it may be sooner rather than later.
Spy shots: Autoblog