Details surrounding the new Corvette ZR1 have been leaking out since we first caught the camouflaged prototype back in August. But now as the car inches even closer to production, we get an even better look at what we can only assume will be the most potent corvette to date.
Seen here in a new Nurburgring spy video, this video gives us our clearest look yet at the ZR1 in action. It’s the second time the car has been caught on video on the Nurburgring, but just the first time the car has been filmed this in detail. Like to early spy shots, this prototype wears the sound-deadening angled exhaust pipes. Without them, the Corvette reportedly produces more than 100 decibels, which would make it barred from the Nurburgring for testing.
With the rumored mid-engined Corvette upcoming, this could be the swan song for the front-engine, rear-drive setup – at least in this high-performance application. Under the hood, reports point to a new LT5 V8 with dual-overhead cams replacing the typical pushrods. Output will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts), with the seven-speed manual standard, and the Camaro ZL1’s 10-speed automatic acting as an option.
Design-wise, that massive rear wing should carry over, as well as some more aerodynamic-friendly bits up front, and a more sculpted diffuser in the rear. Most of the design elements remain well hidden under all that camo. The new ZR1 is expected to make its debut in August, with sales slated to begin sometime in 2018. There's no word on price, but don’t be surprised to see a six-figure asking MSRP.