Earlier this week, we got our very-first look at the new C8 Corvette ZR1, with GM Authority spy photographers capturing the upcoming sports car prowling around as a camo-clad prototype. Naturally, all of that camouflage is in place to help obscure the ZR1’s unique styling bits, but even so, there are still several interesting details to pick through with the new photos. Among them are the rollers, as the C8 Corvette ZR1 looks poised to introduce a new wheel design.
Although the wheels on this C8 Corvette ZR1 prototype are hidden behind large camo discs, we can still make out a five-lug layout and star-pattern spoke design. In addition, the wheels look as though they are wrapped in ultra-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R rubber, while tire sizing appears as though it’s the same as that of the C8 Corvette Z06, measuring in at 275/30ZR20 in front and 345/25/ZR21 in the rear.
Of course, the question remains – what will the C8 Corvette ZR1 wheels actually look like? In a recent video, one YouTuber claims to have leaked the wheel design ahead of the sports car’s official reveal, showing a technical, multi-spoke layout with star-shaped outer spokes and Y-shaped inner spokes. The leaked image shows the wheel in a dark finish, while the iconic Chevy Corvette Crossed Flag emblem is seen on the center cap.
While the leaked wheel design certainly looks quite a lot like the camouflaged roller equipped by the C8 Corvette ZR1 prototype spied earlier this week, it’s actually not a perfect match, with a subtle difference seen in the design around the lug nuts. As such, it’s possible that these leaked wheels may or may not be the ZR1’s new rollers.
As for the greasy bits, the C8 Corvette ZR1 will cradle the turbocharged 5.5 L V8 LT7 gasoline engine, which is essentially a twin-turbocharged variant of the 5.5L V8 LT6 that powers the C8 Corvette Z06. The new LT7 is estimated to produce a maximum of 800 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque.
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