The seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette has been pictured. Despite being heavily disguised it is thought that it is the next generation Z07. They have used this RPO three time as an off road suspension and brake package in the 1970‘s as a brake and off-road suspension package and to designate an adjustable suspension package in the 1990’s and in 2011-13 as an interesting package. This included stickier rubber, beefed up cooling, aero updates, selective ride control, lighter wheels and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes. This new seventh generation has had a lot of publicity and from all of the features it should be getting it would seem that this will be under the Z07 badge as well. It will be the next car on the production line too once the convertible and targa models have been started.
Their new Stingray already has a lot of back orders and assembly plant has not even started making them yet. This would imply they would not need anything else, but having a boutique sports car coming on to the market will appeal to a different market. It seems to be an important model to the company, so much that it is likely there will be no C7 generation ZR1, at least not in the near future anyway.
The platform will be similar to that of the Stingray as it can cope with extra speed, prowess and power but it is likely to have the addition of larger Michelin tyres and carbon ceramic brakes to make the most of it.
GM has a small block V8 that still seems to be performing well and so this is likely candidate for this vehicle. It may only open two valves per cylinder but more can be got from it with direct injection, new combustion chambers and variable cam timing. It is expected that this will be the main engine option.
Cadillac has changed from their supercharged options to single or twin turbo choices and so it is expected that Chevrolet will do the same in the Corvette. GM is really trying to produce more fuel efficient engines and so it is expected that this new model will produce 600 horsepower from les than 6.2 litres. In their recently unveiled Elmiraj they had a 500hp 4.5 litre twin turbo and this may not be a coincidence. There will be air to liquid heat exchangers which will cool the compressed ait intakes.
The Hydra-matic eight speed automatics will be in all Corvettes by the time this Z07 is on the market, but it is unlikely it will get one. It is far more likely to get a Tremex TR-6070 seven speed manual transmission.
It will get competition from Nissan GT-R, SRT Viper, Porsche 911 Turbo, Audi R8, Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT and Ferrari 458. It is expected early 2015 possible in Detroit and be in showrooms in the later part of that year. The Z06 was around $76,000 but it is expected that this will be nearer to $100,000.