Chevrolet has unveiled today in Detroit the 2014 Corvette C7.R which they say was developed alongside the 2015 Z06.

Just like we assumed, the new C7.R is powered by an evolution of the V8 5.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine in the C6.R so its output is likely to go well beyond the 485 bhp (362 kW) available in its predecessor. This makes the C7.R a lot less powerful than the Z06 which offers at least 625 bhp (466 kW) from a new supercharged LT4 V8 6.2-liter engine.

Power will be transferred to the wheels via a 6-speed sequential gearbox while stopping power comes from case steel rotors with 6-piston calipers for all 18-inch wheels which will be wrapped around in Michelin racing tires.

The 2014 C7.R is eligible to take part in a variety of motorsport series such as United SportsCar Racing and Le Mans. It will make its racing debut on January 25 at the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona where Corvette Racing will field two cars in the inaugural race of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Visit the press release section for further info.

Gallery: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R races into Detroit with naturally-aspirated V8 5.5-liter engine [video]

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