Chevrolet will reveal its hottest C8 Corvette yet this year.

    The Bow Tie brand has released a teaser video of the Corvette ZR1, which it says it will reveal this summer. Given it’s an American brand, we’re looking at a reveal between June and August.

    The teaser video shows a smoky outline of the car, its badge, and not much else.

    However, our spy photographers have previously captured what appears to be the performance hero testing at the Nürburgring.

    At first glance, the spied prototype appears quite similar to the Corvette Z06 with the Z07 Performance Package, though there are a couple of minor differences.

    Comparing the two side by side, the spied Corvette ZR1 prototype has a vented bonnet, a smaller vent just in front the rear wheels, as well as another vent on either side of the mid-mounted engine.

    Another difference between this spied Corvette ZR1 prototype and a Z06 fitted with the Z07 Performance Package is the former’s rear wing appears to be considerably larger and more aggressive.

    Per a report from GM Authority in April 2020, the ZR1 could feature a 5.5-litre V8 with two turbochargers, with total outputs of 633kW and torque to 1016Nm.

    GM Authority’s report detailed all the future members of the C8 Corvette range, and it accurately predicted the Z06’s use of a flat-plane 5.5-litre V8 and the E-Ray with its hybrid system.

    The ZR1 mightn’t be the hottest C8 Corvette for long, with the same report speaking of a new flagship with a historic name: Zora.

    Named for the man considered the father of the Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov, this flagship will reportedly use a twin-turbocharged version of the new 5.5-litre V8 engine.

    However, it’ll reportedly use all-wheel drive and a hybrid system, similar to the E-Ray’s, with total outputs of 1000 horsepower and 1000 pound-feet of torque – or 745kW and 1355Nm.

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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