Cue the sad trombones…
While its been widely touted that the 2018 Corvette ZR1 is expected to be shown at the Detroit auto show, the guys over at GM Authority are saying they have it on “good authority” that there will be no new Corvette variants revealed during next week’s 2017 North American International Auto Show.
As spy photos of a camouflaged widebody C7 Corvette with the big wing spoiler continued to pop up during the later half of 2016, it seemed that the Corvette Team was getting closer to revealing what has been widely agreed upon as the 2018 Corvette ZR1. The last round of photos was particularly revealing after the car ditched its fabric-laden covers giving us all a glimpse of what the front of the next C7 Corvette will look like.
This car was also in the news over the holidays after internal GM documents listed a 6.2-liter DOHC V8 engine slated exclusively for the Corvette in 2018. Tie that piece of news together with the trademark filing for the LT5 back in September and you can see why Corvette enthusiasts couldn’t be more excited about what the future holds for Corvette.
It is somewhat disappointing if it turns out that GM is skipping the opportunity to show off this new Corvette at NAIAS, but that opens the door to reveal the new Corvette at some other venue. Our next wish would be to see it revealed at the Corvette Museum’s annual Bash Event at the end of April. But if they decide to do the reveal in Europe like last year’s surprise 2017 Grand Sport unveiling, I’m punching someone in the face!
Just in case, our Detroit Bureau headed up by Steve Burns will be in attendance bright and early Monday morning for the official Chevrolet press conference from the Detroit Auto Show.
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