A new set of spy photos have hit the internet and many outlets report its the long-awaited 2019 C7 Corvette ZR1 donning less camouflage than ever. However, we believe these photos are actually of a mid-cycle refresh coming to the 2019 Corvette lineup.
We have a few reasons to believe this. Foremost, the 2019 Corvette spied in the photos is not wearing any of its aerodynamic cues as seen on every single past prototype. While the 2019 Corvette ZR1 has been spied with two variations of its rear wing, this car doesn’t have one at all. In fact, it doesn’t even look like it’s simply been taken off either.
The front clip is also missing the front splitter, something we’ve never seen the ZR1 test mules without. It’s plausible some aero pieces will be optional, but the amount missing from this test mule seems a tad drastic.
Secondly, the brakes are not carbon ceramic units and do not sport the same blue calipers that some C7 Corvette ZR1 prototypes seen in public have worn. These brakes feature red calipers, though the wheel design is similar to other ZR1 prototypes.
The one component throwing us off is the hood. While it looks like the ZR1’s, it doesn’t seem to sport the same bulge, which is thought to make room for a larger supercharger in the ZR1. With a mid-cycle update, the Stingray, Grand Sport and Z06 may get a hood extractor similar to the range-topping ZR1.
We’re going against the grain on this one, but we could always be wrong. From these photos, however, it appears we’re looking something less intimidating than the 2019 Corvette ZR1.
Spy shots: Motor1