We’ve all see the spy photos of the 2018 corvette ZR1 but it’s still remarkable that people ask me if I think its really coming. Like the pictures of the car aren’t proof enough. But longtime Corvette watchers are seeing signs that the “King Of the Hill Corvette may be close to making its return.
It’s all about the details.
Obviously the various spy photos captured over the last half a year showing the prototype C7 ZR1 in various states of development. The last video of the 2018 Corvette ZR1 at Laguna Seca leaves very little to the imagination as to how the redesigned front end will look. And let’s not forget that listing of the LT5 as a DOHC V8 offered on the 2018 Corvette. That leak came from some internal service documents discovered on a GM website.
But lately we’ve been seeing some other signs that the Blue Devil may live once again.
Earlier this week, Chevy released the first photos of the Carbon 65 Anniversary Edition for 2018. Available for the Grand Sport and Z06, the Carbon 65 will feature Blue brake calipers. This is the first time during C7 production that Blue brake calipers will be available. The fact that they are on a limited edition car and not available for ordering as an option is very telling.
In recent tradition, Chevy uses a different caliper color as the base caliper on all its models. The Stingray has Gray calipers, the Grand Sport has Black calipers and the Z06 calipers are Red. Anybody want to guess what the standard colors were on the ZR1? Yep, they were Blue.
The fact that we are seeing them on a limited production for the signature Carbon 65 Edition serves as a preview for something more to come.
And here’s one more piece of evidence from our friend Rick “Corvette” Conti who discovered that unlike the other optional caliper colors that are listed as “Red” and “Yellow” in GM’s order system, the new blue calipers are specifically named “ZR1 Blue”:
Currently, the blue calipers are only available as part of the Carbon 65 package, but their inclusion in the order system leads up to believe that the 2018 Corvette ZR1 is real and will be here sooner rather than later…