The C6 Corvette ZR1 may be in its closing months of production, but that doesn’t mean it still doesn’t have some life left in it.
For example, a few days ago, Japanese tuning house RK Design unveiled a custom ZR1 for the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon.
While RK – one of the brands under the umbrella of Japan-based RIP Just Balance – found no reason to improve on the already powerful LS9 engine in the ZR1, it did offer a subtle new look inside and out for the Corvette superstar.
The body changes include a new front bumper with integrated dive planes, vents, and cutouts for the new round fog lights, new carbon fiber rocker panel extensions with dive planes ahead of the rear wheel arches, a radical lower rear diffuser with a pair of square exhaust tips, a slighter taller rear spoiler, and a strip of flow modifiers atop the rear hatch (similar to shark fins).
To set it all off, RK added its own jumbo split-spoke magnesium forged alloy wheels finished in black. They look a little too much like starfish for this writer, but everyone’s tastes aren’t the same.
The interior features leather and Alcantara everywhere in gray and green, with a pair of nicely bolstered Recaros to boot.
How much these upgrades will cost is not known yet, but for owners of the “lame-duck” C6, whatever it costs might be worth it to keep their cars fresh and relevant.
Of course, any ZR1 will be fresh and relevant for the foreseeable future since Chevy hasn’t announced any definite plans to produce a C7 ZR1. Many predict it wil be at least 2015 before a new King is unveiled.