Check Out This 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 As It Rocks Past the 200 MPH Mark
The Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1 is, arguably, an instant classic because it marks the end of an era for the Corvette brand being the last of the front-engined models to sport this famous badge. While we’re waiting impatiently for the go-fast versions of the latest, mid-engined ’Vette, let’s all take a moment to remember just how fast the C7 ZR1 really was.
This Five-Car Mashup Rendering Is the Epitome of Unfulfilled Desire
Renderings often serve as a fun expression of what we expect from new cars or the evolution of current cars. Sometimes, people create fun, unique renderings that look back on iconic cars from the past with a modern twist of what they would look like today. Every now and then, however, something truly amazing comes to digital life, and that’s the case with the rendering we’re about to discuss here. In short, someone took styling cues from a handful of cars that are iconic in their own right and created an all new car that has never existed and never will exist. Is this what it would look like if some of the greatest car companies in the world came together to build a truly unique supercar?
The First Production 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Just Became the Fourth Most Expensive Vette Ever Sold at Auction
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 is living up to the hype after the first-production model carrying VIN 001 sold for a staggering $3 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hendrick Companies founder and CEO Rick Hendrick placed the winning bid, adding what could be one of the most desirable Corvettes in history to his extraordinary collection of American performance cars.
The first-production Corvette Stingray C8 also becomes one of the most expensive Corvette models ever sold at auction, trailing only a handful of classic ‘Vettes, including a 1967 Corvette L88 Coupe that still holds court as the most expensive Corvette ever sold in an auction setting. It fetched $3.85 million back in 2014, coincidentally, at the same Barrett-Jackson auction that the first-production Corvette C8 was sold.
The Hennessey C7 Corvette ZR1 HPE 1200 Can Kick the Hell Out of a McLaren 720S
The McLaren 720S was built with one thing and mind and one thing only. And that’s blistering performance through a combination of power and lightness. The C7 Corvette ZR1 is a nod to the same creed, but it lacks the McLaren’s innate ability to dance around a twisty circuit. While it’s obviously not as light on its feet like the Macca, this particular ZR1 got a helping hand from America’s controversial tuner Hennessey. The helping hand is the HPE 1200 upgrade, one that turned the Corvette into a McLaren 720S squasher. Or dit it?
Hennesseey Won’t Be Able to Tune the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette - Here’s Why
The new, mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is debuting in next month, and it could debut with a uniquely encrypted ECU system that effectively makes it untunable. There are a lot of things we still don’t know about the mid-engine supercar, but if there’s truth to the rumors that the Corvette C8 possesses a more sophisticated engine control unit, it could make it unlikely, maybe even impossible, for aftermarket tuning companies to coax more power out of the supercar’s V-8 engine. The 2020 mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 debuts on July 18 in California.
Everything We Know about the Mid-Engined 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette
Imagine you have to spin up and then stop four people that sit at the edges of the playground roundabout. It is doable, of course, but it is somewhat hard. Now, question yourself - how could you spin up or slow down that playground roundabout quicker without making any modifications to it?
It is easy! Move the people toward the center!
This is precisely what the GM tends to do with the new mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 - move all the heavy stuff (engine, transmission, wiring, lubricants, and well, you) as close to the center as possible. Everything of consequence will be in between the wheels, thus dramatically reducing the forces that act on the wheels during the cornering. This will make the steering far quicker and swift. After all, manufacturers do opt for a mid-engine setup for its top-notch sports cars thanks to such a profound impact on the driving characteristics.
Compared to any Corvette of the past, the 2020 C8 Corvette will have higher levels of grip, sharpness, and ferociousness. We only have to wait a bit as the new 2020 C8 Corvette will debut July 18, 2019. This is what we know about it.
Update 05/03/2019: We’ve updated this list with the latest facts about the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette!
How Will the 2020 C8 Corvette Production Compare With Other Mid-Engine Sports Cars?
An additional workforce of 400 workers could have some severe ramifications on the production output of the Corvette C8 at its Bowling Green plan. Now with 1,300 workers in total, the plant is ready to achieve record production numbers and enable the Corvette C8 to make record-breaking sales. I will remind you that back in 2014, GM flipped more than 34,000 units of the Corvette C7. With the mid-engine layout, and, I hold my hopes, an affordable price, the C8 could topple that easily. To show you the sheer importance of the new Corvette C8, I will tell you how its production stack up compared to the most significant mid-engine cars in the world.
Will GM’s Strengthened Bowling Green Plant Work On Anything Beyond the 2020 C8 Corvette?
Chevrolet recently confirmed that the much-speculated and awaited mid-engine avatar of the Corvette is not a myth. The Chevrolet C8 will officially debut on July 18th. Since then, people have kept a keen eye on the proceedings of the C8. Now, Chevrolet has announced that it will add a second shift of workers, more than 400 hourly jobs, to its factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Although GM has added the additional workforce by speculating an unprecedented demand for the C8, will this strength be restricted to the C8 only?
People Can’t Quit Rendering the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette and We Love It
The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette is almost here! After more than five decades of teasers and concepts, the Bow Tie is finally offering its iconic American sports car with a mid-engine layout, so it’s understandable that the hype train is now running at full steam. Chevy recently dropped a gallon of high-test into the mix by announcing the C8 would make its big debut on July 18th, and diehard fans are piecing together every scrap of info out there to figure out what’s in store. Plenty of folks also wanna know what the final production C8 will look like, so we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite renderings right here for your approval, all courtesy of MidEngineCorvetteForum.com.
Someone Caught the Mid-Engine 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Driving Around California
The mid-engine Corvette is some 40+ years in the making and, come 2020; we’ll finally get to lay eyes on the first official, production Vette that sports a mid-engine layout. Previous GM engineers say that the lack of a mid-engine Vette up to this point has fallen on buyers and GM’s financial stability. And, you can’t really blame true Vette enthusiasts, either, considering the fact that the tried and true front-engine layout of the Vette has worked well since its inception. At this point, there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding the C8 mid-engine Corvette. It could be sold alongside the more traditional front-engined model, or it could be its own standalone model. It will most certainly take on a different crop for competition, including those from Ferrari and Lamborghini among others. We’re still waiting to see the new C8 mid-engine Vette in all its glory, but it was just spotted cruising the streets of California.
Arguably the hottest and most discussed car to be unveiled in 2019, the Chevy Corvette C8 remains a mystery, with very little official information to run by as of November. Thankfully, the rumor has provided us some data in recent months and now it’s back with pricing information, placing the mid-engined sports car at $169,900 before options.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible
Chevy just released its new Corvette ZR1, and the spec sheet is just this side of insane. All told, this thing is the fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever created, with a thumping supercharged V-8 under the hood, advanced adaptive suspension components and tuning, and more wing than an international airport. All good stuff, no doubt, but what happens when you take off the roof? To find out, X-Tomi Design put together a rendering, and long story short, we approve.
The ZR1 convertible bears the same upgraded front fascia as its hardtop sibling, with aggressive, angular front intakes, a large splitter, and a taller hood to accommodate the bigger blower underneath. The wheels, fender vents, and enormous rear wing are also a carryover. Up top, though, you’ll notice the expanded headroom. If we’ve got your attention, then you’re in luck, because word has it a factory-made ZR1 convertible will break cover soon, possibly alongside the coupe version later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Read on for the details.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Corvette ZR1 Convertible by X-Tomi Design.
First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The sixth-generation Camaro’s hottest performance variant to date is gradually arriving in Chevy showrooms as the last few weeks of December roll out. This supercharged coupe is often called a four-seat Corvette Z06 – and for good reason. The ZL1 shares much of the Z06’s technology, including the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8. Luckily I know a guy with a sparkling new example sitting in his garage, parked next to his Concours-quality 1972 Camaro Z/28.
With less than 500 miles on the ZL1’s odometer, the high-strung car is 1,000 miles short of its
recommended break-in period. Then meant no high-speed runs, burnouts, or hard pulls past 4,000 rpm. The warranty depends on it. Nevertheless, I set out to get a feel of the Camaro ZL1’s infamous character.
Not surprisingly, the ZL1 feels remarkably like the Camaro SS I took across country during Chevy’s “Find New Roads” campaign when the sixth-gen Camaro launched last year. (Read about that adventure here.) The narrow windows, low roof, and high waist line gives the sensation of a cocoon, while the view over the long hood and low seating position solidify the car as something special. The heavily bolstered Recaro seats and the blatantly audible supercharger whine, on the other hand, set the ZL1 apart from the SS.
From behind the Alcantara-covered, flat-bottomed steering wheel, the Camaro ZL1 feels lighter and nimbler than its fifth-generation predecessor. Toggle the Performance Traction Management system into Sport mode, and the car tenses up like an Olympic sprinter at the starting line. The steering becomes more taught, the throttle becomes twitchier, the ride becomes firmer, and the dual-mode exhaust opens up. The change isn’t just mental – the PTM modes make aggressive changes to the ZL1’s behavior that are clearly felt.
Continue reading for the full driven review.
In a recent episode of Americarna on the Velocity channel, Ray Evernham has a quick chat with Ed Welburn, global vice president of design for General Motors, to see some of what it takes to bring vehicle design concepts to the real world. The clip is remarkable in that it shows the inner workings of how GM develops its future cars and concept vehicles, but if you look close, there might also be a few sneak peeks to enjoy.
First, Welburn shows a full-scale clay model of what looks to be a small crossover, and the interesting part of this is that you can just barely make out the existence of a Chevrolet bowtie on the wheels. It would appear that this model is inspired by a sketch – some of which can be seen on the wall at around the 1:17 mark. Could this be the next-gen Chevy Equinox?
The true highlight of the video comes when Welburn gets to designer Christine Park, who says she’s working on the design of a “Chevy sports car.” There are a few different vehicle designs visible on her computer monitor, but the one that sticks out the most is the yellow vehicle wearing the signature crossed flag emblem of the Corvette on its nose. The short nose and vented hood could very well be the oft-rumored, mid-engined Corvette named “Zora.” Of course, the Corvette’s chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, recently denied rumored of this car’s existence.
Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Corvette "Zora" ZR1.
Rumors of Chevrolet working on a mid-engine Corvette under the Zora name have been flying around for quite some time, and with GM issuing no denials on the matter, we had every reason to believe the C8-generation Vette will receive a mid-engine configuration. Now we are into 2015 and things are starting to take shape, as the folks over at Car & Driver have proof that General Motors is working on such a beast. The proof itself is a photo of a rather strange mule that looks like a Holden Ute on steroids. Yes, that’s an Australian pickup, but don’t let the utilitarian body fool you, there’s more to this Ute than it meets the eye.
As Car & Driver points out, the mule is rather strange-looking, even for a pickup with race-bred underpinnings such as the Ute SS-V. While some of the panels are of the usual Commodore variety, the roof, the dashboard (and likely the entire cabin), and the side mirrors are of Corvette Stingray origin. What’s more, the Ute also features flared fenders and a rear wing, suggesting there’s a lot going on under the hood. Or under the tonneau cover to be precise, especially with those cooling intakes located along the rocker panels.
The source also indicates that the wheelbase is some eight inches shorter than that of the 2015 Corvette, which is yet another hint that the transmission was moved behind the rear axle, a typical configuration for mid-engined cars. Nice try GM, but we know what you’re up to and quite glad that you took the time to camouflage everything under a Holden shell. Unless GM is working on a crazy-ass Ute, which is very unlikly given the Commodore is getting axed by 2016, this is our first look at the upcoming mid-engine Corvette. Hallelujah!
Click past the jump to read more about Chevrolet’s future mid-engined Corvette.
Happy Thursday, welcome back to the TopSpeed Podcast.
This week’s show includes talks about Justin’s time with the BMW 435i, Mark’s experience with the Toyota Avalon, and I talk about the insanity that was the American leg of the Gumball 3000.
We continue the supercar talk with Mark’s take on the American trio of Viper, Corvette and Z/28, and you get to hear our thoughts on the crazy diesel powered BMW X6 M50d.
We also spend some talking about the tragic events surrounding the injury of comedian Tracy Morgan, and we talk about just what GM’s "Zora" trademark could mean for the future of Corvette.
After all that, we give our answers to your questions and no episode of the TopSpeed Podcast would be complete without Own, Drive, Burn. This week features a trio of classic muscle.
If there is something special you want to see us talk about, drop us an email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com, hit us up on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast — we follow back – or leave us a comment below.
We want to send out an extra-special thank you to those of you who watched our shenanigans live earlier today. Have a safe weekend, and we will see you next Thursday.