Don't expect a halo ZR1 model to follow on the heels of the all-new Corvette Z06, says Chevrolet. The Z06 was in the spotlight yesterday when it was officially announced at the Detroit Auto Show. Constructed primarily of aluminum and composites and fitted with a 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 producing "at least" 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque, the upcoming 2015 Z06 is the only range-topping model currently on the automaker's burner, according to Tadge Juechter, chief engineer on the C7.

Nearly 25 years ago, the C4 ZR-1, a cooperative effort with Lotus, put 6,939 units in the hands of customers between 1990 and 1995. There was no C5 ZR-1, but the automaker launched a halo C6 ZR1 (dropping the hyphen in the process) in 2009 that was discontinued only last year after the arrival of the all-new C7 Stingray.

While it is still under development, the new C7 Z06 should exceed the performance of the outgoing C6 ZR1 in every measurable benchmark. Pricing won't be released for months, but a low six-figure base price shouldn't raise eyebrows when its exotic construction, power output and talent are taken into account and compared against how much others in the segment are charging. (Juechter tells Autoblog that if you were able to afford a C6 ZR1, you can afford a new Z06.)

Introducing a ZR1 halo car above the upcoming Z06, which is due at the end of the year, would require significant investment in design, testing and certification – for negligible performance gains. It appears that Chevy is choosing to focus on the Z06 for now, and wait for the next great technological leap before investing in another ZR1.


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      no1bondfan
      • 11 Months Ago
      It just occurred to me that this car will likely have as much, if not more, horsepower than the McLaren F1 (627hp). For a (sort-of) attainable car, that is just awesome. This is a new golden age of supercars.
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 11 Months Ago
      Had a 10 ZR1. I knew when I saw the specs that the ZR1 was easily years away, plus they only do limited years anyway. Odds are the next ZR1 is 6+ years out, or just as this body style gets "old".
      Jared
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's only a matter of time for a zr1 to be made.
      Bernard
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's too early to talk about the ZR1. The ZR1 is supposed to be limited anyway, so I don't expect it to show up until near the end of the C7 life cycle.
      jfa1177
      • 11 Months Ago
      There is room for a ZR-1. If AMG can make the insane SLS AMG then GM could do a ba**s out ZR-1. It doesn't have to make sense, just money.
      Miguro Takahashi
      • 11 Months Ago
      It could be a bluff, it could be true. Look at the Camaro, they didn't even bother updating the ZL1 with the refresh (which I don't personally like, the original was better looking IMO) but info was leaked on the Z28 right after the refresh and now the Z28 is the top dog Camaro, so it could be the same with the Vette. Even if they do eventually have a C7 ZR1, I'm guessing it won't hit dealers until 3 years later.
        degjoe
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Miguro Takahashi
        The ZL1 got the refresh every where except the front fascia. And it is because the super charger will not fit in the "new" front end
          MrUnsubtleNinja
          • 11 Months Ago
          @degjoe
          Surely you're not stupid enough to think that the supercharger is anywhere near the front fascia....
      ragtopdodge
      • 11 Months Ago
      No need for a ZR1 because this ZO6 will cost $125k. A C7 ZR1 would have to cost $150k and be at least 750hp.
        Ron
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ragtopdodge
        They already said that the z06 will be under 100k "with every option"; Autoblog simply got this one wrong.
          mikemaj82
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Ron
          yea, $99,995, before destination fee.
      Brian Meissen
      • 11 Months Ago
      According to a youtube video published by Car & Driver, when interviewing Chevrolet about the new Z06, Chevrolet said that the new 2015 Z06 with every option selected will still come in under $100,000.
      Jazzor
      • 11 Months Ago
      Same thing I was thinking once I heard the drivetrain numbers on the new Z06... I think a ZR1 at this point is overkill
      john m
      • 11 Months Ago
      I had a feeling this would happen... To make a ZR1 above this Z06, it would have to go so big that it would probably be hitting $150k+.
      Brian Meissen
      • 11 Months Ago
      According to this video here, Chevrolet says with every option the z06 will still come in under $100,000. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3cc059rg1A
      Ryan Andrew Martin
      • 11 Months Ago
      Surely there will be something situated between this and the Stingray.
        Ron
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Ryan Andrew Martin
        No, The Z06 will start right where the Z51 Stingray tops out, just under 80k. GM already said that the 2015 Z06 will be under 100k "with every option"
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