The Corvette Team is back in Marietta, OH for more testing of the 2018 Corvette ZR1 (or perhaps a track-ready Corvette Z06X) and tonight we caught the first glimpse of a convertible model along with two different rear wing designs. As if that is not enough, we also have video of the 2018 Corvette ZR1 prototypes leaving the gas station and you can hear the exhaust note in all its glory.
Our eye-witness says that Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles was with the group and was driving a 2017 Grand Sport when these photos were taken. The engineers had seven Corvettes as well as a Jaguar and a Dodge Hellcat along for the test.
Seeing the 2018 ZR1 Convertible model is something new, but upon contemplation, it’s appearance is a no-brainer as every C7 Corvette model to date has both a Coupe and Convertible version.
The ZR1 Convertible prototype was fitted with a rear wing attached to a set of struts. The Convertible’s wing is smaller than the very aggressive and tall version on the ZR1 Coupe which we have photos of as well. We also see the same smaller rear wing design on one of the ZR1 Coupe models in the group.
Here are the two different rear wing designs side by side:
The larger rear winged Corvette really has our attention. From the rear, you can see wing spans nearly the entire width of the car. The downward slope appears to be very aggressive and the amount of downforce it would generate would seem to be substantial.
The front of the Corvette ZR1 is covered in heavy camouflage but you can see that there are new grill inserts on each side of the front fascia which are separated by the main front grille. While these may be front brake cooling ducts, you can see that there is something white behind the grille which may be a cold air filter or some sort of radiated cooling element.
The wheels feature a 5 pointed star design not seen previously on any other Chevy that we can remember. Behind the black aluminum wheels are large Brembo ceramic brake rotors. I would imagine that on an upper level model like the ZR1, those carbon ceramic brakes would be standard.
Here is the video where the 2018 Corvette ZR1 prototypes are leaving the gas station. What a great sound those Corvettes make!
The 2018 Corvette ZR1 has been referred to as the Swan Song for the C7 Corvettes. A new engine with around 750 horsepower is said to be in the works and recent trademark filings suggest the motor’s name will be the LT5. If the car comes together as expected, look for it to make its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
* Photo Credits: David Wesel
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