Spy photographers have just snapped images of what may be the next evolution of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette – a high-performance Z07 version to follow up on the Z06 model from the last generation. While the car you see in the photographs above is completely covered in body cladding and camouflage, we can spot a few clues that have us believing a track-tuned Z07 model is up and coming.

First and foremost, a very close inspection of the area just in front of the rear wheel well reveals what appears to be an air vent in the bodywork. Corvette fans will recognize that a similar, mesh-lined duct was used for brake cooling on previous Z06 models, and would make a new Z07 instantly recognizable to those in the know.

Our spy shooter also speculates that the convertible top on this car might not be entirely that which it seems. Noting that when the original Z06 debuted it did so with a smaller, weight-saving hardtop that resembled the size and shape of a convertible top, our master of the long lens postulates that some trickery could be at the heart of this seemingly soft-topped tester. The convertible top seems very convincing to our eyes, however, so it's possible that the simplest answer is the true one here as well.

The wheels Chevy's development team are running on this potential Z07 are also items that we haven't seen before on a C7 'Vette. That's not proof of much, to be sure. Still, these few small changes to the car, in concert with the logical nature of a higher-performance Corvette being next on the product roadmap, fuel our Z07 dreams.

Nothing about these images shed light on powertrain details, but we do know that Car and Driver has speculated on the Z07 getting turbo power. Considering the potential for increased fuel economy and Cadillac's head-first plunge into turbocharging for high-performance, we wouldn't be shocked to see a turbo'd V8 engine, churning out 600 or more horsepower, when the Z07 finally takes its turn in the spotlight.


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      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      ZO7 turbo with a small block, GT500 can go over 200 mpg on the "cheap," and a Viper acting as a cherry on top. I love the USA.
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        Bahaha 200 mpg mustang.. Now that, that would make Prius people eat ****. Just kidding, I know that was a typo but i couldnt help myself.
          Muttons
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          http://www.autoevolution.com/news/2013-ford-shelby-gt500-200-mph-at-nardo-video-45866.html
          Joe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          Protovici I only meant that in jest, not in an insuting fashion. Muttons I know he meant 200 mph.
          Joe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          Youre welcome protovici.
          protovici
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          Thank you Joe.
          Muttons
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe
          Yeah. Typo...
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not really sure I like the idea of a turbo replacing the 7 liter V8. I like my displacement. :-(
        cfphelps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        7L N/A Gen V DI/VVT V8 would be awesome. There were leaked CAD images of a supercharged V8 in the "ZR1" model though, so it's likely we'll be getting a Gen V version of the LS9, which is also a pretty sweet mill. I wish we could have both for C7 though!
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't see them going to turbo power for the Z0. It just doesn't fit the established character, which is a nastier naturally aspirated engine to increase power while keeping weight low. The Z0 in the last two generations has been all about low weight, and turbos and their associated hardware are anything but light. And the turbo engine would be much more expensive, I'd expect pushing the base price at least into the $80k range, and that's too big of a gap. With a high power NA engine you could keep the base price of the Z0 in the high $60k range and leave the more expensive setup to the ZR. I expect a high power NA engine for the Z0 and for the turbo engine (if there is one) to debut in the ZR.
      jrmosery86
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really, really hope it's a notchback like the original. I love the different body styles.
        cfphelps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jrmosery86
        The "original" Z06 was a '63--No notch back. The C6 Z06 did not retain the notch back style from C5 because of aerodynamics. It's much better to have the sloping rear than the sharp cut off, and they were chasing the 200+ club top speed. I doubt C7 will return to the notchback style, unfortunately, with how aerodynamically functional the C7 is. It looked good and was a great way to differentiate between models.
        haleff3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jrmosery86
        Sad...the shape looks like the 97-04 model very ugly rear end.
      Tourian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some of you are assuming the ZR-1 is coming back. It may eventually, but I don\'t expect to see it again for several years. I believe they want to keep the ZR-1 name semi-legendary and not offer it all the time. This Z07 could very well cover both models at the top at the Corvette range.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tourian
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      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's camo over camo! (But look how nice the round tail lights look? I know, I know.. I'll stop whining...) Love those monster brakes.
      Carfan0893
      • 1 Year Ago
      *Z06
      OSO
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the C5 fixed roof, hope it's back.The wheels look like ZR1's in black.A turbo under glass is a lot of heat to deal with. from what I've read the Z51 will hard to improve on. Black's the right color -OSO
      cfphelps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not sure why all the articles are expecting Z07, just like in 05. The Z07 was an option package for the C6 Z06 so anything is possible, I guess. The "notch back" fixed roof coupe from the C5 generation did not reappear in C6 for aerodynamic reasons, I wouldn't expect it in C7 either. I would like to see a C7 Z06 come out with a 7 liter gen V called L88 as rumors have been circulating that the L88 code would make a reappearance. We've seen leaked CAD data that showed a roots type blower similar to LS9 in the high power 7th gen supposedly called LT4,so that's what we'll probably get.
      Brendan Hummel
      • 1 Year Ago
      The biggest reason why I have doubts towards this being the new Z06/Z07, is those brakes. They don't really appear to be any different than the standard car. It is impossible to tell based on these pictures alone, but they don't really look any bigger than standard, they have the same calipers (from what I can tell), and even the same basic rotor cooling "design" etc. So ultimately, I don't know.. but I think this may just be the convertible variant. Plus, I would imagine the convertible will be out before the high performance versions start coming out, though it we have already SEEN it at the autoshows.. so who knows really... more fuel for the fire I guess... :)
      M. Robin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Give the thing a dual-clutch. I understand fanboys hate paddles but you want to hang with the best you have to be the best. At least make it an option on the car that way people don't cry blasphemy.
        audisp0rta4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @M. Robin
        A dual clutch should definitely be an option on all vette models...but PLEASE don't give them any ideas about eliminating the manual tranny!
      S40Powered
      • 1 Year Ago
      To be honest, looks better covered.
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