Chevy may have pulled the wrapper off the 2024 Corvette E-Ray earlier this year, but the Bow Tie brand isn’t slowing down when it comes to new high-performance variants of the mid-engine C8. Next on the docket is the 2025 C8 Corvette ZR1, a twin-turbo monster set to raise the performance bar even higher than the Stingray, Z06, and E-Ray variants which preceded it. Now, we’re getting our very first glimpse of the C8 ZR1 testing as a camo-clad prototype thanks to the following spy photos.
The first thing to notice is this prototype’s heavy vinyl camo, which is to be expected considering the striking exterior design that’s sure to be hiding underneath. Regardless, we can still see a rather substantial splitter aero element protruding from the bottom of the front fascia, giving the front end a rather menacing look. Under the vinyl, we can also make out what looks to be a large central ridge running vertically down the center of the front air intake, which is flanked by deep, square intakes towards the corners of the bumper.
The wheel design is obscured by flat disc covers, but the wheel width is plain as day, with an absolutely massive footprint in the rear to help put the prodigious power on tap to the pavement. The profile shows off a coupe body style.
The rear end is dominated by the same sculpted wing that’s included in the Z07 package offered for the C8 Corvette Z06. Active aero is expected to be optional for the new ZR1. We also see a center-mounted exhaust treatment with four rounded tips, once again mimicking the Z06, while the rear fascia is quite familiar as well.
Critically, this 2025 C8 Corvette ZR1 prototype was spotted testing alongside the newest members members of the C8 family, namely the Z06 and E-Ray. Which makes sense, given both the Z06 and the E-Ray are members of the same C8 widebody club. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS was also in the party, likely for benchmarking purposes.
As for the big ticket item cradled just behind the cabin, the C8 ZR1 will be equipped with the 5.5L V8 LT6 that powers the C8 Z06, plus a pair of turbochargers. The boosted eight will be assigned RPO Code LT7. With forced induction at full song, output will rise to an estimated 800 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of toque, as compared to the 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque produced by the naturally aspirated C8 Z06. It’s also unclear if the LT6’s flat plane crank will remain with the addition of two turbos.
Stay tuned, because we’ll have plenty more to say about the upcoming 2025 C8 Corvette ZR1 in the near future. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more mid-engine Corvette news, Corvette C8 news, Chevy news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.