The Corvette is likely going to be replaced next year with a mid-engine car meaning that it may be the last front-engine Corvette ever. In order to make this a memorable event, Chevrolet is going to release a last version of the car in the near future. The upcoming 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is expected to be the fastest and more expensive Corvette to date and probably the last front-engine one as well. The car will become the new top end trim level for the car and so far. While it was expected to be released in January, GM had to push back the release in order to finish the development process.
Both the platform as well as most of the suspension setup are likely going to be identical to the Z06. This has been the case in the past and it won’t change for this new model. However, the car is expected to get larger brakes and an improved aerodynamic profile. With the improved engine it should easily become the fastest Corvette to date.
Release date & Price of 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
The price hasn’t been revealed for now but it is safe to assume it will cost more than the previous generation which started at just over $113,000. As for the release date, it is speculated that 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will be revealed at 2018 North American International Auto Show. The sales will start on a later date, probably in the spring of the next year.
Exterior and Interior Design
Even though the car hasn’t been revealed, prototypes of the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 have been seen a few times now. All of these were heavily camouflaged but there were some interesting details. All the car had a large fixed rear wing which is safe to assume will be seen on the production model as well. The wheels had a unique 5-spoke design which is more than likely going to be used on the production model. So far all test prototypes seemed to have carbon ceramic brakes which are likely going to be carried over on the production ZR1. In the front the cars had a larger splitter while the hood definitely seemed to be different. We wouldn’t be surprised if Chevrolet decides to go on the same route as with the previous ZR1.
The car is not going to be an all out stripped-down racing car. Instead it will be a high performance highway cruiser, so it will feature all the usual commodities. Most of the interior will be shared with the Z06 but the steering wheel and likely the seats might be unique to it. The car could get an Alcantara upholstery as well as carbon fiber or aluminum inserts throughout.
2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Specs
At this point it seems that the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will receive a supercharged engine, likely the same that powers the Z06. This time around the 6.2 liter is expected to offer more power and torque due to some improvements. It will likely receive different pistons and con-rods, a larger supercharger, a completely new exhaust as well as a different air intake. These upgrades should raise the output from 650 horsepower to north of 700 horsepower and from 650 lb-ft of torque to well over 750 lb-ft. With it, the ZR1 will become the most powerful production Corvette to date. All the power is likely going to be routed to the rear wheels via a 10 speed automatic gearbox.
We can expect a 0 to 60 MPH time of less than 3 seconds and a top speed well over 200 MPH. Some also suggested that the car could come with a manual gearbox. If this is the case then expect the manual-equipped model to offer worse acceleration but likely a better overall experience. A turbocharged engine has also been rumored but it would be unlikely, especially since the test mules didn’t really sounded like a regular turbocharged car but more like a big naturally aspirated or supercharged V8.