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C 7 verts are prob my favorite iteration of the c7
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'BraaaAAAAP,' Said The New Corvette ZR1







The wind hushed through the trees. It was quiet—peaceful, even. But not for long.
It started out as a distant hum of thunder. “Bbbbbrrooom.” What was that? A bear, perhaps? A lion?
Then the maelstrom howled closer. “Braaaaaaap.”
Tires screamed—shrieked—in protest, as they carried the wide body with the gaping front (perhaps but most likely of the new C7 Corvette ZR1) into view. “SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” The murderous engine unleashed a dragon’s breath of a roar, drowning out the screech of the tires: “BRAAAAAAAAAAAAP!”

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It’s because they apparently help with the noise regulations at the Nürburgring, according to Road & Track. But what about for the fear? What is being done about that? How will we sleep?
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All it takes to total a C7 Corvette is one tiny crack





Totaled Corvette Grand Sport with cracked frame Photo: Corvette Forum/CDM85-251


Taking a quick look at this 2017 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Grand Sport reveals what appears to be no issues. It runs well and has no body damage. But, it's been totaled out by the driver's insurance company thanks to a tiny crack in the frame.
According to the owner, who told the story on the Corvette Forum, he was unable to avoid a large rock on an eight-lane wide interstate. With cars on all sides of him, he had no choice but to try to straddle the large chunk of rock. Thankfully, he did fairly well and the rock missed anything with fluids running through it. However, during a dealership inspection, it was revealed the Corvette Grand Sport had suffered a microscopic crack in the frame, which the dealer deemed non-serviceable. Total cost of the damage was $7,600 without the part or labor.

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The situation got stickier after the insurance company began looking for ways to fix the issue without totaling out the car. The owner told Jalopnik that Chevrolet itself said replacing the part itself would compromise the integrity of the car. Welding it back to health wouldn't be covered under warranty, either. So, insurance had no choice but to total the car. The value was assessed and the owner has already been paid.
Now, the Corvette Grand Sport will be offered for sale with a salvage title, which may make it a seemingly excellent score for a buyer who will likely never find the issue.
However, we wouldn't recommend taking the car to a track or trusting the integrity of the frame for any type of performance driving. Given the structural nature of the issue, we think this car is best parted out. In that case, it's still probably worth a pretty penny.
What a shame. Stupid rock.
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I would think this could be welded up and grinded down and the integrity of the frame would be fine...
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it's on an auction site right now w/ a salvage title for sale iirc
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U Spy The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 With Different Aero Kits




A pair of 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 prototypes were recently spied in the midst of testing by Carscoops reader Kyle Thoreen.

Chevrolet has been testing the new ZR1 for well over a year and these images appear to confirm previous reports that the car will be offered with at least two different aero kits.

One of the prototypes has been fitted with a towering rear wing which will inevitably help to stick the track-focused Corvette to the tarmac. As for the second prototype, it has a much smaller rear wing barely any more prominent than the lip spoiler of the current Corvette Z06.

During recent outings at Germany’s Nurburgring, it has become increasingly apparent how performance-focused the car will be. There’s even a possibility that Chevrolet will look to set a sub-7-minute lap time at the track but it’s difficult to imagine it topping the GT2 RS’s 6min 47 sec lap record.

When the 2018 Corvette ZR1 arrives in showrooms, it is widely expected to use a new LT5, twin-turbo V8 engine with over 700 hp. However, there remains a possibility that the supercharged V8 of the Z06 will be retained and simply upgraded.

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RENDERED SPECULATION: This *MAY* Be A Good Indication Of The Next-gen Corvette, Also, It May Be Here As A 2019 MY Vehicle








It seems the Chevrolet Corvette's time has come.

Given the latest spy shots we've posted for you of what's perceived to be the next-gen Corvette, it will be going to a mid-engine layout.

This is a HUGE step for one of the industry's most storied sports cars.

One thing we were really taken by was how much it looked like something far more exotic. The more I looked at the images, the more I thought it looked like a Ferrari 458 Italia with more prominent hips.

It seems I am not the only one as an artist has rendered what may be in story for the 2019 model year. According to local news reports in Kentucky, where the Corvette is built, it may be here sooner than originally thought as well. That's because the folks down in BG are saying that the 2019 MY will start production around January 29, 2018.

Perhaps this mid-engine car will arrive as a 2020 model? Or, is this why GM is retooling the plant now? What say you, Spies?

Also, let us know what you think of the render below!


...Workers will be assembling 2018 Corvettes when the plant reopens and continue doing so through the week of Jan. 22, 2018. They will then shift gears and start manufacturing the 2019 model of the iconic sports car Jan. 29.


Speculation in trade publications such as Motor Trend and Auto Week has the 2019 Corvette featuring a mid-engine design that would enhance the car’s handling characteristics and make it comparable to such exotic sports cars as Ferrari and Porsche...






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If Ricky the fuck outta that.

Too bad I'll never be able to swing a gas powered version of one.
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GM CEO May Have Accidentally Confirmed The Electric Corvette e-Ray



Twitter What a cruel joke to play just after the epic ZR1 launched.
Woah there. Please pull back on the reigns of progress because the rate of it is accelerating too rapidly. The term “accelerating too rapidly” may not be a bad thing for a horsepower enthusiast, but it becomes that way when it entails stripping the V8 from an American muscle car and swapping it for batteries. Yep, you heard that right. That is if Automobile Magazine heard it right, because according to the news source that’s exactly what General Motors CEO Mary Barra alluded to at the Barclay’s Global Automotive Conference.



We’ve heard rumors of an electric Corvette, dubbed the e-Ray, as far back as 2015 when GM trademarked the name and left the world to wonder if it was planning an electric Vette or a juiced-up Cadillac sports car that would redeem the badge after the horrors it went through with the ELR. While outlining General Motors’ plans to bring at least 20 new electric vehicles to market by 2023, Barra made mention of an “expressive luxury low-roof” vehicle among other EV options that seem more practical for families, workers, and commuters. As part of GM’s charge to get consumers weened off of fuel and onto electricity, such a car could lead the pack as the flagship, sort of how the Tesla Roaster set the stage for the Model S, Model X, and Model 3.

Unlike Tesla, General Motors has little issue with churning out mass amounts of cars. The problem it does face—as disparities between Tesla's and GM’s stock price show even though GM is much larger, actually profitable, and has a long history behind it—is getting both consumers and investors excited about its electric products in the same way they are about Tesla’s. It’s anyone’s guess as to which brand GM would launch its “expressive luxury low-roof” electric car under, especially given that the auto giant is bringing electric drivetrains to all of its brands. Our only ray of information lies with that conspicuous e-ray patent, which sounds Corvette-like given the connotations the sports car shares with the word “Stingray.”
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Chevrolet Offers $9,000 Discount On Corvette Z06



Yes, sales have been that bad.
Despite the recent unveiling of the new Corvette ZR1, Chevrolet is having difficulty selling its seventh-generation Corvette. How much difficulty, exactly? According to MSN Money, only 1,345 Corvettes were sold in October. That's a 49 percent drop from the previous October. Overall, sales are off by a troubling 20 percent for the first ten months of 2017, and the year is quickly coming to an end. What to do? Discounts. Even the Corvette Z06 is being discounted.



In fact, the Corvette Z06, previously the fastest and most powerful within the C7 lineup prior to the ZR1’s arrival, is among the Chevy vehicles with the largest discount right now. How much, exactly? Try $9,107 below the $80,445 MSRP. Bear in mind that tacking on extra features quickly jacks the price even higher, easily into the $90k range. Given the end of year discount, perhaps now’s the best time to buy a C7 Z06. Sure, the ZR1 will be arriving soon, but the Z06’s 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque isn’t exactly for amateurs. The LT4 supercharged 6.2-liter V8 made the Z06, until the ZR1, the most powerful production car ever from General Motors. Discounts of up to $9k don’t come along often.




But going back to the dismal Corvette sales in general for a moment. It’s troubling. Like the now discontinued Dodge Viper, the Corvette, especially the Z06, is more of a trophy car for the brand. It attracts customers to dealerships, but they typically wind up with a Malibu, Equinox, or Colorado. You know, something mainstream. Despite the base Corvette Stingray’s more affordable $56k starting price, buyers just aren’t responding. Not exactly good news for Chevrolet just as its rumored to soon to debut the next generation C8 Corvette. The C8, as we all know, will likely feature the most significant change to the Corvette in its 60+ year history, the switch from front- to mid-engine.

Question is, will that be enough to reenergize GM’s premiere sports and, in the case of the Z06 and ZR1, supercar? Hopefully, the C8 will make its world premiere soon, perhaps as soon as Detroit in January. For now, the C7 soldiers on for the 2018 model year relatively unchanged.
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2019 Corvette ZR1 Hits 60 In 2.85 Seconds, Does The 1/4 Mile In Just 10.6


Thanks to its mighty supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V8 engine that puts out 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is blisteringly fast. In fact, it is so fast that it handily beat the Ford GT to set a production car lap record around the Virginia International Raceway.

In a straight-line, however, is the new ZR1 as potent as its power and torque figures seem to suggest?
For the moment, Chevrolet is remaining mum on the ZR1’s acceleration times, but Corvette Bloggerrecently learned from Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles that the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time sits at a brisk 2.85 seconds. The ZR1 will also run to 100 mph (160 km/h) in 6 seconds flat and do the quarter mile (0-400 m) in 10.6 seconds at 134 mph (215 km/h).
These figures are absolutely mighty in their own right, but not hugely improved over the C7-generation Z06. In the right conditions, the 650 hp Z06 can hit 60 mph in 2.95 seconds and run a 10.95-second quarter mile. With three years separating the two models, it is clear that Corvette engineers have achieved all they could with the front-engine Corvette’s straight-line performance.
Looking beyond the Corvette family, the ZR1’s acceleration times are largely in line with its more expensive European rivals, including the Lamborghini Aventador S. That being said, the Corvette ZR1 can’t keep up with the McLaren 720S, which does the quarter mile in just 9.7 seconds.
Then again, as we’ve discovered, the 720S has much more grunt than what McLaren’s official figures claim and, in any case, being a 10-second car straight out of the factory is no small achievement. Moreover, if you scroll down there’s a video of Charles firing up and revving the ZR1 at Sebring – and this thing does look and sound mental even when sitting still.
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I saw on Facebook an owner was running 189 mph 1/2 without the rear aero wing.

Merica!
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I saw on Facebook an owner was running 189 mph 1/2 without the rear aero wing.

Merica!
No way. Full mile maybe. 1500whp vette did 195 1/2 and 228 mile
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https://www.facebook.com/TheTexasMil...5599932673165/

This one?

A little faster again in the 2019 Corvette ZR1. 190.1
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A little faster again in the 2019 Corvette ZR1. 190.1
Yep, that's it.

My bad, I thought it was half mile.
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Corvette ZR1 performance specs announced at Sebring




The new Chevy Corvette ZR1 was on hand at Sebring recently along with Corvette Project Manager Harlan Charles. Charles spent some time talking about the ZR1 at the event and even started the car up and revved it a bit for us to hear on video. The performance specs for the new ZR1 are very impressive and have been confirmed by Charles himself.


Charles said that the ZR1 will sprint from 0-60 mph in 2.85 seconds and reach 100mph in 6-seconds. Both of those times are very impressive. Another impressive bit of statistics is that the box stock 2019 Corvette ZR1 will blitz the quarter-mile in 10.6-seconds at 134 mph.
The car certainly sounds good revving and looks as if it is meant to go around a road course with lots of aero. Supercharged cars and road courses don’t always mix well. That said, Chevy has already used the ZR1 to destroy the Virginia International Raceway lap record. You can see a video of that run below, underneath the video of the ZR1 revving at Sebring.
As you might expect, this top of the line Corvette won’t be cheap. The ZR1 Coupe will start at $119,995 with the 7-speed manual. The paddle-shift 8-speed auto needed for the best performance will cost more. Some of the aero tidbits seen on the grey car in the video are optional, the stock low wing package enables the highest top speed.
Adding another $2,995 onto the price gets that high wing seen here, stickier tires and new front splitter. The ZR1 convertible starts at $123,995 with destination and offers all the same options. The first production 2019 ZR1 sold for $925,000 at auction.


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The first ever 2019 ZR1 on the DYNO!




The first manual 2019 C7 ZR1 in the country was just dyno’d by Mike “StreetSpeed717” and here it is! This thing looks GOOD and it sounds even better!

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Cadillac Boss Says The Corvette Won’t Use Their New Twin-Turbo V8



Cadillac recently introduced its new twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 engine and it appears the company was serious when they said it would remain exclusive to the luxury brand.

According to Autoblog, Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen used the New York Auto Show to get ahead of rumors that the engine would eventually find its way into the mid-engine Corvette C8. As he bluntly stated, “Just quit the speculation it’s headed for Corvette. It’s not.”
de Nysschen went on to say the engine is focused on refinement while he believes the “Corvette wants a different kind of character.” That makes sense but it wouldn’t be the first time a Cadillac has shared an engine with the Corvette.
GM Authority notes the initial speculation was fueled by an IHS Markit document which suggested the Corvette could be offered with three different engines including a 4.2-liter V8. Cadillac’s twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 will also be built in Bowling Green, Kentucky which happens to be the home of the Chevrolet Corvette.


The twin-turbo V8 engine recently debuted on the 2019 CT6 V-Sport where it produces an estimated 550 hp (410 kW) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque. It will be connected to a ten-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system.


Cadillac will also offer a less powerful version of the engine in the standard CT6. There it will develop 500 hp (373 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. While it’s not as powerful as the V-Sport variant, it’s a significant improvement over the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 with 404 hp (301 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque.


The Corvette’s engine lineup still remains a mystery at this point but rumors have suggested it may offer a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 and a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.
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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 First Drive

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You can't ignore the engine. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has many highlights, but you always come back to that 6.2-liter V8. In part because of its power but also because you see it through the windshield. This prominence is unfair to the parts surrounding it, but it's understandable. After all, an electronically controlled differential doesn't make a baritone war cry. Carbon-fiber wings don't render tires into plumes of white smoke. And a sophisticated stability control system doesn't shoot flames.
But what you learn about the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever, after repeatedly circling the 2.5 miles that constitute the Road Atlanta racetrack, is that the ZR1's marriage of a gonzo V8 to a suite of comprehensively integrated electronic controls makes for supercar performance that's remarkably approachable.

Tower of Power
Accommodating the needs of 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque required a redesigned front end. The result is a shrine to power, the base festooned with extra cooling equipment (the car has 12 heat exchangers) and the openings enlarged to allow more air to pass through. The carbon-fiber center of the hood isn't for show; that's the top of the engine. It actually comes through the hood. And from the right angle — high up, like from a camera mounted to the roof — you can see it rock back and forth on full-throttle upshifts.
This bulging display is a necessity of the Roots-type supercharger that crowns the V8. It stands nearly 3 inches taller than the one on the Corvette Z06, and its larger displacement allows it to generate more boost without working as hard. To match the additional airflow, Chevy has added port injectors to supplement the existing direct-injection system, which couldn't supply enough gas alone.
Chevy's power claims are with 93 octane fuel. The engineers tell us the engine's knock sensor lets the V8 run safely on 91 octane, but they won't say how much doing so reduces output. Unlike the rest of the Corvette lineup, the ZR1 doesn't have cylinder deactivation. You can expect worse fuel economy — if you care.

Trial Run
Chevy says the ZR1 will do 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and the quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds at 134 mph, figures that land it among the world's most exclusive supercars. This kind of potency makes corners in the distance instantly materialize ahead. It likewise magnifies errors in judgment, so instincts say approach the ZR1 with caution.
Our first experience is with the optional eight-speed automatic. It switches to its Track mode after a few corners, which always lands the right gear for the upcoming corner. Downshifts during braking are smooth, and upshifts on the back straight arrive with a terrific crack from the exhaust. The automatic changes gears more quickly than the manual and is capable of shifting in places where it'd be too difficult to take a hand off the wheel.
If all you care about is lap times, get the automatic. While the standard seven-speed manual requires more concentration, its added involvement makes the experience more satisfying. Automatic rev-matching works quickly and accurately, and the engine's broad power delivery means you don't have to shift often.

Cornering the Market
The ZR1 wears its performance on its sleeves, which are dotted proudly with carbon-fiber trimmings. Underneath the enlarged fenders are half-inch-wider front wheels. Behind the wheels are large carbon-ceramic brake rotors with lightweight construction that translates into better on-track durability and zero brake dust.
Along with racetrack-oriented tires and a suspension tuned for maximum grip, the Track Performance package ($2,995) adds a tall, adjustable rear wing and removable front-end caps that give an imposing look. The additional downforce from this package is enough to reduce the ZR1's top speed from 212 mph to 202 mph. The optional bucket-style seats have ample side bolstering but seem overwhelmed by the high cornering speeds. You can expect a bruised left knee from keeping it braced against the driver door. Consider installing a harness for track use.

Chain of Command
The supercar-like acceleration means the ZR1 shortens straightaways and turns gentle bends into hairpins. You have to look farther and farther ahead just to keep pace. Despite how rapidly you dispense with turns, after a few laps it's apparent that the ZR1 isn't some hard-edged track machine. It's like a normal Corvette with all the dials cranked.
The ZR1 uses the electronically controlled limited slip differential, adaptive dampers, and Performance Traction Management (PTM) stability control that you'll find on all Corvettes. These support systems are responsible for tying everything together, from tire temperature to the level of power going to each wheel, and adjusting accordingly.
Take the PTM system, for example. With five levels of intervention, ranging from wet weather to an aggressive Race setting, it communicates with the rest of the car to evaluate the available traction of a given tire. If you apply more gas than that tire can take while exiting a corner, the PTM changes the engine timing to limit power. The smoothness of the effect helps you build trust in the car while improving your skill. When you're ready to show off, an optional forward-facing camera and data-logging system called the Performance Data Recorder outputs a YouTube-ready clip of your driving heroics to an SD card.

Public Enemy
It's easy to mistake the ZR1 for a gutted track tool, but on public roads this 212-mph, 755-hp Corvette is largely unburdened by its abilities. It still has a removable roof. Support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay comes standard. The higher of the two trim levels has heated and ventilated seats. It's even available as a convertible (top speed: 208 mph).
Under the right conditions, the variable exhaust shoots flames in Track mode, which makes its silence in the Stealth setting all the more perverse. The ride isn't too firm. The front tires don't follow grooves in the road. And aside from the occasional clunky shift and the slight delay from the paddle shifters, the automatic transmission's smoothness turns this massively powerful machine into a gentle street car.
To be sure, the road and interior noise is loud, and the mounting location and height of the optional rear wing make accessing the trunk exceptionally difficult mdash; don't plan on impressing your golf buddies in the parking lot. But the ZR1 is civil enough to be driven daily.

Pay Respect
The ZR1 is currently on sale with a starting price of $123,820. The convertible starts at $127,820. One notable option gives you the opportunity to visit the factory and assemble the engine on your very own ZR1 under the supervision of technicians. You even get your name on a plaque on the back of the carbon-fiber supercharger cover.
The combination of big stupid power and sophisticated technology means you can approach the ZR1 with confidence. But this attention to ownership comes bundled with a peerless performance-per-dollar ratio and largely uncompromised road manners, ensuring the ZR1 a special spot in the hearts of its owners.
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DRIVEN + VIDEO: So, Just How RIDICULOUS Is The All-new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, On Track And On The Street?











In a world where cars like the Bugatti Chiron, Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1 exist, one can only wonder how much further out the goal posts will be set.
It's almost unfathomable at this point.

And then something like the all-new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon shows up. It's like an atomic bomb.

Of course, General Motors couldn't sit back and watch Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) do something like that. Given that it just produced the Corvette ZR1 for the C6 generation car, we figured it would return. Even if the Z06 makes a sensational 650 ponies.

Equipped with a lot of panache and 750+ horsepower, the all-new ZR1 is definitely a hoot. But, could it be too sweet — if consumed excessively, like candy, could it give you trouble?

See Edmunds' take on the all-new ZR1, below.


Edmunds Senior Writer Carlos Lago reviews the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. With 755 horsepower, 715 pound-feet of torque, and a 212 mph top speed, the ZR1 delivers supercar performance. But is its radically powerful V8 too much to handle? Watch as we drive this mega-powerful Corvette around the track at Road Atlanta to find out.

Q: What kind of engine and transmission does the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 have?

A: The Corvette ZR1 has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed manual is standard, and an eight-speed automatic is optional.

Q: How much does the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 cost?

A: The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 starts at $123,820, including destination fees and a gas guzzler tax. The convertible variant asks $127,820. The Track Performance package costs $2,995, and it includes a tall and adjustable wing, racetrack-oriented summer tires, and revised suspension tuning.

Q: How fast is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1?

A: Chevrolet says the Corvette ZR1 will do 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, pass the quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds at 134 mph, and reach a top speed of 212 mph. The downforce from the Track Performance package reduces the top speed to 202 mph. The convertible tops out at 208 mph.

Q: What are the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1's main competitors?

A: Few automakers produce extreme racetrack-oriented performance cars that are influenced by their motorsports endeavors. Fewer still equal the Corvette's performance-per-dollar ratio. The Ford GT is another domestic supercar with a real endurance-racing pedigree, but it's long sold-out. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS bears similar motorsports influence, but it costs over two times as much.


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2019 CORVETTE ZR1S WITH WEIRD EXHAUSTS CAUGHT LAPPING THE 'RING


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Chevy might be preparing for the ZR1 to set an official lap time around the Nürburgring.

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 isn't widely available yet. However, journalists and a few lucky folks already have their hands on the more hardcore 'Vette, which makes it odd to see Chevy still running the model during industry testing time at the Nürburgring. Generally, automakers use these evaluation periods for honing upcoming vehicles – not ones that already have a full reveal. So why would the Bowtie's engineers still run a pair of ZR1s around the 'Ring?
Chevy hasn't yet set an official time around the Nordschleife in the Corvette ZR1, and these drivers might be preparing for such a run like in a spy video from April. The model's best unofficial time so far is allegedly 7 minutes and 12 seconds, but this figure comes from enthusiasts standing trackside, so we have to take it with a grain of salt. The 'Vette still needs to go quite a bit faster to beat the Porsche GT2 RS' 6:47.30 lap, though.



The ZR1s at the Nürburgring continue to look bizarre because of their long exhaust extensions. The pieces are necessary because of noise regulations at the Nordschleife, and these additions quiet down the exhaust note. The new model's 6.2-liter supercharged V8 still sounds great in this video, though.

The new ZR1 pumps out 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts) and 715 pound-feet (969 Newton-meters) of torque. The ample power gets the model to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 2.85 seconds and through the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds to an eventual top speed of 212 mph (341 kph). Prices start at $119,995 but checking every box gets buyers a Sebring Orange convertible with matching luggage for $155,833.
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2019 Chevy Corvette Z06 spied testing with ZR1 wing, roll cage, lots of orange

Could this be a hardcore, track-ready Z06?




The Chevy Corvette line is pretty well rounded at this point, starting with the plain old Stingray up to the beastly, hardcore ZR1, with the Grand Sport and Z06 filling in the gaps. But it looks like yet another Corvette niche could appear, as evidenced by the above spy shots. They show a Corvette Z06, but with a ZR1 wing and more. And by more, we mostly mean "orange."

While most prototypes are completely covered in camouflage, this one wears its body work proud in a matte black and bright orange paint scheme. The lower splitters, rear wing and brake calipers are all finished in the orange hue. There are even some little orange accent stripes around some of the vents and scoops. We're not sure whether we like the look or not, one of our editors said it looks like it was done by Nike, and another noted its similarity to the Citroen DS3 Racing hatchback.

Digging into changes from the regular Z06, we have the most obvious addition, the mega-sized rear wing. It's clearly the optional wing from the ZR1's ZTK performance package. Interestingly, it's the only bit of aerodynamic kit on the car that comes from the ZR1. At the front and the sides, the splitters appear to be the same as those on the regular Z06. The brakes appear to be the standard slotted steel rotors from the Z06, not the optional carbon-ceramic units. It also features tow hooks both front and rear.

Another couple bits of track-ready equipment are on the inside. Most notable is the bright orange roll cage. This isn't something we've seen on any other production Corvettes. It could be part of a production vehicle, similar to what we've seen on some track-oriented Porsches. It could also just be a temporary part for safety while setting hot laps (though why go to the trouble of painting it matching orange?). Just in front of the cage are the optional Z06 "competition" seats, further indicating this is a particularly high-performance Z06.

This is the first time we've seen this Corvette, and so we're left to speculate on what it could be. It seems as though it could be a more track-ready version of the Z06 that takes advantage of some of what Chevy learned with the ZR1. Sort of like how the Grand Sport features much of the Z06's aerodynamic and suspension improvements, but uses the Stingray's powertrain. It could also simply be a special option package for the Z06. Or, worst-case scenario, it's just something some orange-loving engineers threw together for fun. Regardless, we'll be keeping an eye on this car.






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