The latest rumors about the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 are almost but confirmed. The collaboration between Chevrolet and Zora is a kind of a dream matchup and everyone is going to be more than excited for this car to become a reality. For now we have only received some teaser photos and unconfirmed images, and the release date did not appear among the information given so far. But the latest rendering shows us that the concept model might become a reality sooner than expected.
There are rumors which say that this car is going to use the Zora name and make it a separate model, offered entirely independent from the Corvette family of cars. When the car is finally unveiled, it will be a part of the eight-generation of Corvette vehicles that Chevrolet has made and will be mixed with the same obsession for speed that Zora is endowing all of its vehicles.
It is expected that the current chassis is modified so it accommodates the mid-ship duties of the car. This also means that the car will boast an updated version of the supercharged V-8 engine which was used for the Corvette Z06 version. With the Zora badge, expect to get the same kind of pricing that you would with any other Zora car and also get a performance of about 700 hp as well.
When is the Release Date for the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1?
The recent announcement did not clearly indicate when the release date of the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 is. But we actually can clearly say that it is going to appear in 2018. The lack of spy photos is not too encouraging but we can clearly see what they plan from the rendering of the car. According to the way they are heading now, it probably means that that a mid-2018 release is imminent.
What is the Price for the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1?
A car like the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 is not going to come cheap. Like every Zora model which came before it so will this one break the 15k mark. Thus you can expect a price of around 150,000 dollars but the base MSRP pricing will appear as the release date nears.
What are the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 Exterior updates?
The new 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 will have a design which is an evolution of the current C7 model. It will be very interesting to see a mid-engine model for the Corvette so we are not expecting any radical changes to appear. So we are going to get updates which will be familiar to the general public. We do predict that the cockpit will be moved slightly forward and also a bit down. Also the front end will have a similar nose which adds tapered edges that are familiar to most of the fans of the brand.
We can expect to see other changes, like a wider track and a large front splitter but also some more aggressive cooling ducts which help the performance of the car. The nose will sit a bit lower and that way enhance forward visibility of the car, but we do see that the car is going to be shorter than before in terms of height. The side profile is similar to the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 models and the only addition here is the signature sculpting put under the door.
The rear end of the car will have a similar silhouette as before and will be using almost the same elements seen in the current car. The changes that we see have introduced a wider track, aggressive ducts, a massive rear diffuser and also small dual spoilers over each fender.
How much will the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 Interior Change?
As the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 will separate from its base Chevy design, we are looking at a complete update of the interior. Design-wise, there are all kinds of additions that could be made. But ultimately we are going to look at a much more luxurious model compared to before. We can expect to get a number of enhancements which include carbon fiber, leather and Alacantara elements, but also high-end technological additions which are probably going to make things even more interesting. The seats have already been improved for the C7 model, but Zora will probably make them even better for this one.
Powertrain Options and Specs
The current Corvette is a powerful car, but the future 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 is going to surpass the current output. We are expecting an upgrade that will bring a performance of around 700 horsepower and nearly 700 pound-feet of twist. This will be done by updating the current V-8 engine and by giving it twin-turbo technology. The model will originally be released as a RWD version, but some possibilities suggest that we are going to get an AWD and hybrid options as well. We may also expect a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic shifter offered.
2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 0-60 mph Ability and Top Speed
With the enhanced capabilities for the engine of the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1, it is expected that the car will hit the 0-60 mph mark much faster. The car should be able to achieve it in 2.8 seconds now and at the same time will develop a top speed of between 215 to 220 mph. The model will significantly upgrade its performance and can be considered as a much more serious car now.
Fuel Economy Rating
The fuel economy rating for the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 is yet to be calculated and we can expect the exact figures to come out later. But the base version without the Zora update was capable of making quite decent consumption thanks to the turbo engine. The rate was 17 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, but these ratings are bound to change with the Zora update and if we get as half as decent rates for the new car we would be extremely happy about it.
There are reports that say that the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 car will feature some changes to its body. We are probably going to get a lower car, which means that the model is going to have a lesser height compared to before. Other parameters of the car are going to be kept the same so it is expected that the wheelbase and the overall length remain the same.
There are going to be several improvements made for the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1car in order for it to meet the necessary safety regulations. One of the most noticeable things is the roofline which will be positioned slightly higher. This will ensure that the car gets the necessary ratings which will give it much better safety accommodations. We cannot hope to get a crash test score soon, because in regards with the price and the availability of the car it will be hard to make such a test. But we can also expect to see various advanced and also standard safety options added for the car.
What are the Closest Rivals?
In terms of competition, the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 will be pitted against the market’s best supercars. The model will probably face rivaling cars from Ferrari and Lamborghini, but the most similar cars which provide a performance which could rival the Zora ZR1 are cars like Ferrari 488 GTB and Audi R8 models. We are very impatient when it comes to receiving the new Corvette model and are looking forward to see all the improvements that are going to be made.