• Jan 11, 2008

click above for brand new images of the Corvette ZR1


General Motors invited Autoblog down to its design dome at the Warren, MI Tech Center to have a look at a couple of the vehicles that will be displayed at the Detroit Auto Show next week. Fortunately, it was one of those rare instances where they allowed us to bring in cameras and we took full advantage. One of the two vehicles on display was the recently-unveiled Corvette ZR1. At the time, there was some controversy in our comments about certain design elements of the ZR1, including the window in the hood, the side vents, the carbon fiber and the wheels. We had the opportunity to talk with Corvette Exterior Design Manager Kirk Bennian at the design dome and ask him about all of your concerns. Before you all get riled up, the car we were allowed to photograph was not mechanically correct, but rather a standard Z06 used by the design staff to test out exterior parts. That means it doesn't have the carbon brake disks and there's an LS7 under the plastic window instead of the new LS9. For all of you who thought the ZR1 badges on the previous press photos looked cheesy and tacked on, that's because they were. The proper badges weren't available yet when GM did its original photo shoot. This car does have the proper badges. View our video tour and interview with Kirk after the jump.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I've always thought C6 Vettes looked like $25k cars with $60+k performance.

      But this... I keep staring at this and realizing I'm loving the styling. I dunno why. Maybe because it's the first Vette in awhile that looks like an exotic car. Didn't like the C6R, Z06, or any other iteration. The only parts I don't like are the chopped-butt rear end, and that atrocious hood glass. Since it's a glass covering, it serves 0 functional purpose.

      The Ferrari glass is more subtle, because the engine is more sunken into the back/middle. That glass sticks out like a sore thumb.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Am I missing something? You said two vehicles on display. What was the other one?
      • 7 Years Ago
      3 word review
      Fast
      Tacky
      undesireable
        • 7 Years Ago
        This car us sorta like nicole kidman. Sure the numbers are nice but its an old platform that has had too many "enhancements" to be sexy in the crowd it wants to play in.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ Dave

        You are an idiot!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Fast
        Sexy
        Unattainable
      • 7 Years Ago

      I have to admit this one and the Hummer concept Rocks!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The hood and steering wheel needs to go.
      • 7 Years Ago
      No questions about the unsupportive seats?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I too was surprised at how small the side bolstering was on the seats.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not to be a total Internet jerk, but... Jeez Autoblog, way to wuss out. Why didn't you get his reaction to the obvious complaints about the bubble window? i.e. why have a cheesy lexan window just so we can see a plastic engine dressup plate. I mean it's freaken ridiculous. It makes a mockery of the whole car, that's to say it would... if the car weren't so damn awesome.
        • 7 Years Ago
        How about a nice wet carbon fiber hood to go with the gorgeous paint and nix the lexan? Can that be a factory option? Hell maybe even a big fiber touring wing and put that sucker straight in to GT and see how it does?
        • 7 Years Ago
        A piece of aluminum with cosmetic shapes stamped onto it counts as engine dress-up to me. Okay you got me... I didn't realize it's metal and that it happens to be the top of the intercooler box. Fortunately for me in this case my ignorance does nothing to lessen my point. :) The shapes and associated trim aren't functional, they're just ... pretty?

        Corvette are developing a great rep as raw form-follows-function track weapons. This just doesn't fit.
        • 7 Years Ago
        To add to Ark's comments, it doesn't add power or functionality, nor does it look particularly good, as evidenced by the fact that lots of people think it's a plastic cover!

        There should be an option for all-body colored hood.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So the metal has to be there, but GM foolishly stamped an attractive shape into it? You'd better not look at the wheels then, because right in the middle of those functional rubber donuts are chunks of metal that are also needlessly carved into attractive shapes.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, it sounded like from the interview that the clear cover gave it a little room of clearance. If they didn't have the clear cover the cowl would have been higher up. In my book that counts at functionality.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Its the intercooler, not a plastic cover. Nothing fake about an intercooler, but I think its a bit unnecessary since it doesn't add any power or have any functionality.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What plastic engine cover? the grey "plastic" you see is the intercooler for the S/C and has absolutely no plastic covering it, yes there is plastic on the side, but the big hunk in the middle is pure metal... i honestly wish some people would do research before posting incorrect information
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's the first time I've seen 'regular' and 'Z06' next to each other in a sentence. For shame.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Your lucky you got something this good. No offense, but does that guy in the video look like he knows anything about cool? We should feel lucky though, had he not lost his hair this car wouldn't exist.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lets calm down about the cover, I bet in person it looks pretty cool. Especially after you've driven through a puddle and it fogs up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The C6RS by Pratt & Miller is 10x hotter than this.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes the c6rs is kick ass! but it's 1.5 times more expensive than this car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ridiculous. Tacky.
        • 7 Years Ago
        HAHA! say all you want "sox", but that's tacky. All the modifications look like add-ons done to a Z06, it doesn't flow, should be integrated... looks riced.
        sox
        • 7 Years Ago
        Good to know Supercars.net is well represented to the internet by PandaBeat.

        Uruguayans, ugh.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, Ridiculously FAST ! !
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