While we took a few days off our normal schedule to travel to Bowling Green Kentucky for the annual National Corvette Museum Bash weekend, the engineers working on the new 2018 Corvette ZR1 were hard at work over in Germany as testing on the Nurburgring continued.
We observed two of the big wing Corvette ZR1s on the track and at least one with the smaller aero package as well. The two big wing Corvettes can be distinguished as only one of the two prototypes is wearing the Nurburgring sticker on the left rear fascia.
Another observation is that the big wing Corvettes have a black honeycomb grill while the smaller wing Corvette grill is gray in color – a feature unique to that car. All the prototypes also appear to have the parking curb cameras mounted in the grill – a sign that these cars will in fact be street-legal.
The Corvettes are said to be equipped with the two transmissions, a seven speed manual and “some sort of automatic” according to Road and Track’s account of the testing sessions to date. We know now that it’s not the 10-speed automatic found in the Camaro ZL1 as Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter confirmed at the Bash during a question and answer session that the current 10-speed auto doesn’t fit in the current C7 architecture.
One of the highlights during this video comes at 4:15 as the ZR1 utterly destroys a Porsche Cayman on a straight. Corvette’s ride and suspension engineer Jim Mero can be seen behind the wheel at 4:56 as the ZR1 takes to the public streets after testing.
As we mentioned in our Bash Report, the Corvette Team would not comment at all on the status of the car or give us any indication on when a reveal would happen.
Check out the video and let us know your thoughts on the 2018 Corvette ZR1:
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