There's a serious-looking Corvette lapping the Nurburgring lately, wearing light camouflage, a deep front air dam, and an enormous rear wing. Rumor has it this is the upcoming ZR1, and we're inclined to believe it. Here's what we can deduce about the new super-'Vette from the spy photos.
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First off, that rear wing. It's big—a high-riding piece with big end plates, reminiscent of the similarly-sized unit on the Dodge Viper ACR. The Viper, you'll recall, makes an outrageous amount of downforce—we suspect this 'Vette will utilize that big ol' wing to similar effect.
And check out that front air dam. Lots of wide-open intakes here, the better to cool a big honkin' V8 that, thanks to the high power dome of the hood, we suspect is supercharged. A version of the Corvette Z06's blown 6.2-liter is the obvious assumption.
Big wheels, ultra-sticky (and very aggressively shaved) Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. We suspect those are rather lightweight wheels (thanks to the thin-spoke design, in a star pattern not unlike some recent Ferrari designs) with some seriously big brakes behind them. And note the color of the paint on the brake calipers. That's a hue with some Corvette history—it's the color of the named and painted in honor of former GM CEO Rick Wagoner's alma mater, Duke University.
The last ZR1 made 638 horsepower from a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9. With the current Z06 making 650, we can only expect this new ZR1 will push the envelope even further. And is that a sneaky little "ZR1" logo molded into the rim of the wheel?
We've seen, and heard, the car testing before, in places like Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and out on the roads of Michigan and Ohio. All that's left is for Chevy to tell us what's cooking under the hood and in the chassis. Oh, and for us to drive the thing. Rumor has it the ZR1 will be unveiled either . We can hardly wait.