• C8 Corvette ZR1 Details Leaked, And It’s Going to be Awesome

The C8 Corvette ZR1 isn’t going to be the range-topping model for long, but it’s worthy of praise

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Chevy just teased a new version of the C8 Corvette that won’t only be the first hybrid Vette in history but also the first AWD Corvette in history. And, it wasn’t that long ago that we spotted the C8 Corvette E-Ray doing some on-road testing, and while the Hybrid Vette is next on the list, what’s coming after will be an even bigger deal. I’m talking about the C8 Corvette ZR1, and a new report has shed some light on what we can expect. The ZR1 is now in development and while the Z06 is better because it doesn’t have forced induction, we can now say that won’t be the case for the ZR1.

An Force-Fed, 850-Horsepower Corvette ZR1 is in the works

C8 Corvette ZR1 Details Leaked, And It's Going to be Awesome Exterior Spyshots
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The latest report from Muscle Cars & Trucks has essentially backed up some of previous rumors about the Corvette ZR1. Previously, it was believed that the ZR1 would in fact be the hybrid in the lineup and that it would feature AWD. Those two bits of information are seemingly false, but what isn’t false is that it will have impressive power.

As the report goes, the ZR1 will feature the same 5.5-liter, flat-plane crank V-8 found in the Corvette Z06, but it will feature twin turbos and will pump out around 850 horsepower. That figure computes to around 90 extra horsepower per turbo or 180 horsepower over that of the Z06 this engine is coming from. It’s also a boost of 355 horsepower over the standard Stingray Z51. Like the rest of the Vette lineup, the ZR1 will likely have the same eight-speed DCT.

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As for the source of this information, they are remaining anonymous, but MC&T says they are “bulletproof sources.” As expected, they claim that the ZR1 will be even more aggressive than the Z06 with model-specific bumpers, hood, and even wheels. Those wheels will be wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires as standard, but there will reportedly be a performance package that will swap those already awesome tires out for Pilot Sport Cup 2R tires for even better traction and more fun at the track.

C8 Corvette ZR1 Details Leaked, And It's Going to be Awesome Exterior Spyshots
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As for when the ZR1 will launch, that’s still up in the air. Previous rumors said that it would be revealed in 2023 as a 2024 model, but that timeline seems to have been pushed back a bit. Now, it’s said that the ZR1 will launch for the 2025 or 2026 model year, which means the earliest reveal will probably be 2024. When the ZR1 does arrive, it’ll sit at the top of the Vette hierarchy for the time being, but only until the Zora arrives, which will be the all-electric Corvette and is expected to have more than 1,000 horsepower on tap. This model will, of course, push the Corvette well into supercar pricing territory, but it should have the performance chops to match. If the ZR1 will launch for 2025 or 2026 the all-electric Zora will probably launch for 2027, near the end of the C8’s lifecycle, which means it will only be around for a couple of years and will be somewhat limited in production.

C8 Corvette Comparison
C8 Corvette Stingray C8 Corvette Z51 C8 Corvette Z06 C8 Corvette Hybrid C8 Corvette ZR1 C8 Corvette EV
Engine 6.2-Liter V-8 6.2-Liter V-8 5.5-Liter V-8 6.2-Liter V-8 and Electric Motor 5.5-Liter Twin-Turbo V-8 Quad Electric Motors
Transmission Eight-Speed DCT Eight-Speed DCT Eight-Speed DCT Eight-Speed DCT Eight-Speed DCT Direct Drive
Horsepower 490 HP 495 HP 670 HP 600-650 HP 850 HP (est) 1,000+ HP
Torque 465 LB-FT 465 LB-FT 470 LB-FT 700 LB-FT (est) 750 LB-FT (est) 900 LB-FT (est)
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