Road & Track Imagines the Next Corvette ZR1


Road & Track Imagines the Next Corvette ZR1

By all accounts, Chevrolet has a hit on its hands with the new C7 Corvette Stingray Coupe but already the automotive journos are looking to the future as they ask what’s next for GM’s halo car.

Earlier this week was the report from Motor Trend that the C7 Corvette ZR1 could be packing 700 horsepower.

Now from Road & Track, we get the opportunity to see just what a C7 Corvette ZR1 might look like via this rendering from the talented Theo Chin/Chris Doane Automotive.

Taking design cues from the C6 Corvette ZR1 and how it differentiates from the standard C6 Coupe, this rendering imagines a C7 Corvette ZR1 with a carbon fiber front splitter and rocker panels on the side while the rear boasts the ZR1’s larger carbon fiber spoiler. The front quarter panel vents are also changed from one single vent outlet to two and the C6-styled widebody rear brake scoops behind the doors return as well. The ZR1 badge and blue brake calipers complete the look.

Click here for a larger version of the rendering.

Although not detailed, we have to assume that the new ZR1 would continue Chevy’s aggressive use of carbon fiber for the fenders and rear hatch to get that weight even lower and perhaps some slightly larger wheels featuring Michelin rubber will increase the stance.

The one design feature not carried over is the see-through window on the hood to show off the 638-hp LS9’s supercharger cover. We can’t decide whether its omission is a good thing or a bad thing.

Overall, we think this is a very good representation of the what the next Corvette ZR1 (or Z06 for that matter) might look like.

Plus that color is killer and reminds us of a metallic version of War Bonnet Yellow.

Do you like what you see or would you rather Chevy went in a different direction for the future performance variants of the Corvette? Hit the comments and let us know or pop over to Road & Track to see the the rear rendering as well.

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