2017 Corvette Zora ZR1 – Will it be produced?
2017 Corvette Zora ZR1: What to Expect from the Mid-Engine Vette
A mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette is perhaps the most anticipated Vette model, having been ‘in the making’ for the longest time, 61 years to be precise. Could the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 be a flagship for the much-awaited mid-engine Corvette range?
Debuting as an eighth generation coupe, the 2017 Zora ZR1 would be effectively a modified version of the C7 generation coupe, only that there would be a distinct platform construction set on a modified aluminum chassis to support the mid-engine design. Ultimately, there would appear to be two separate platforms for the C8 2017 Corvettes, with one being badged as the Zora ZR1.
What’s all the mid-engine fuss about? A mid-engine, brought nearer to the drive tires, offers the best chance for upping the Corvette’s brake and speed performance.
Even though GM has not let up on whether a 2017 Zora ZR1 is actually in the pipeline, observers have already put out their expectations. For starters, the Vette ZR1 is expected to feature a V-8 engine with greatly modified torque and horsepower at 700 pound-feet and 700 HP respectively. The improved engine will support faster speeds of up to 60mph in 3.5 second with a maximum speed in the range of 200 to 220 mph.
While the days of more basic Corvette interiors are long gone, the Zora ZR1 is expected to set a new, higher threshold for the C8 generation. From multiple gargantuan LCD screens, LED lighting down to carbon fiber and premium Alcantara leather, the mid-engine Zora is set to be an epitome of sporty opulence.
Not much change is expected in terms of Zora’s exterior with the C7’s design set to be superimposed onto the new model. Slight adjustments to the cockpit, which has been slightly pulled down and forward, and an equally lowered snout give the 2017 Zora ZR1 slightly pointy edges and a more focused front-side visibility.
The 2017 Zora ZR1 is anticipated to be released by the end of 2016 with a sticker in the area of $150,000.
Will there be a mid-engine Corvette for 2017? Anyone taking bets on this one?