Is 638-horsepower from the factory HOT ENOUGH for ya?
So far we have heard no news at all as to the possibility of a C7 ZR1 Corvette. But, then again, we’re not getting any news about the C7 base Corvette either. Corvette engine developers and engineers have proven that the computer controlled emission devices on the ZR1’s LS9 engine are more than up to making sure high horsepower and emissions standards can be maintained. And with the winds of change swirling around Detroit and rumors of much smaller Corvette engines, turbo versions, hybrid setups, etc… it’s anyone’s guess as to what will be under the fiberglass or carbon fiber hood of the next generation Corvette.
In the mean time, the ZR1 is still with us, at least for another two years. Who knows, Chevrolet might surprise us with a “Last year for the C6 ZR1 – Hail Mary!” enhanced version of the LS9. There’s PLENTY of red meat left in the LS9 engine for a horsepower bump. A little “SO THERE!” from Chevrolet would be pretty neat. The new Z07 performance package with its lightweight wheels and quasi-racing slick tires has proved that the only thing the ZR1 and Z06 really need is all-wheel drive. While that’s not likely to happen on the 2013 Z06 or ZR1, we might be in for a bit surprise when we see what Chevrolet offers up for the C7 Z06 and ZR1 – if there is a C7 ZR1.
We’ll just have to wait and see. – Scott
Check out our ZR1 Corvette art prints HERE.