The 2025 model year will bring some heavy firepower to bear in the sports car segment, with Chevy poised to unveil the C8 Corvette ZR1. With a fresh forced induction engine and huge aero enhancements, the C8 ZR1 will slot in as the new top dog in the mid-engine Corvette lineup. Now, GM Authority has learned that GM recently gave Chevy dealers a glimpse at the C8 Corvette ZR1 during a secret meeting.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Chevy dealers gathered for the national dealers’ meeting late last year were actually shown two models prior to their big public reveal, the first of which was the all-new 2025 Chevy Equinox, which was officially unveiled last month. The second model, however, was something of a surprise – a prototype C8 Corvette ZR1 wearing full camouflage.
Although the Chevy brass did not provide any details or specs, it was hinted that the new ZR1 would equip a twin-turbocharged V8 engine. GM Authority was the first to report that the ZR1 would rock a forced-induction powerplant, specially a twin-turbocharged variant of the 5.5L V8 LT6 that motivates the C8 Z06. The new twin-turbo 5.5L V8 will likely carry the name LT7.
In addition to some impressive engine output, the C8 Corvette ZR1 is also expected to equip all the trimmings required to make good use of it on the racetrack. Spy photos reveal the new ZR1 running positively massive aero enhancements, chief of which is a large rear wing to keep the tail planted at speed. The enhancements will also include a large front hood air extractor vent situated between the headlights, an additional set of side air intakes located behind the primary side air intakes, and new multi-spoke alloy wheels shod in super-sticky rubber. We even rendered what the new ZR1 will look like, so check that out for more eye candy.
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