The following is exclusive information on what the world can expect on the upcoming C8 Corvette ZR1. MC&T was first to report these details in April of 2022.
C8 Corvette ZR1 Design
The C8 Corvette ZR1 will feature an exterior design that’s unique from lesser models such as the C8 Corvette Stingray and C8 Corvette Z06. It will continue to utilize a widebody design that will be present on the Z06 and E-Ray, measuring 3 inches wider than the Stingray. Front, rear and side exterior design elements are expected to be changed from the Z06 to the ZR1 in order to further differentiate the two. The ZR1 will feature the same center-exit exhaust design as the Z06.
LT7 V8 Engine, Transmission, Drivetrain
The 2025 Corvette ZR1 will feature a higher-output variant of the LT6 engine with two turbochargers. This 5.5L flat-plane TTV8 engine will be known as the LT7. Total output is expected to be around 850-900 horsepower. Like all other C8 variants, an 8-speed Tremec DCT will send power directly to the rear wheels in mere milliseconds.
The ZR1 will also likely be one of the last new Corvettes to be powered exclusively by an internal combustion engine, as the Zora hypercar that will supersede it in the lineup will be an all-wheel-drive hybrid. That said, the ZR1, with its relatively lighter weight, could end up being the fastest of the C8 family around a road course.
C8 Corvette ZR1 Wheels, Brakes & Tires
The C8 Corvette ZR1is expected to be fitted with the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S on the base model. These three-season tires also come standard on the Z06, and as we understand, the base model ZR1 will use the same tires as the base Z06. Higher trim levels of the ZR1 will feature Pilot Sport Cup 2R tires as seen on the Z06 with the track-dominating Z07 package.
C8 ZR1 Production, Pricing, And Availability
The C8 Corvette ZR1 is expected to be exclusively built at the Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky by 2024. Pricing of the ZR1 is TBA, as is official availability.
Model Year Changes
C8 Corvette ZR1 Photos