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NewsChevrolet Corvette ZR1 Gets July 25 Reveal Date

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Gets July 25 Reveal Date

Get ready for the hottest 'Vette yette

  • It’s expected to be the most powerful Corvette ever

  • Teaser hints at hybrid electric power


It’s almost ZR1 time. The most brutal Chevrolet Corvette yet now has a reveal date. We’ll get to see it on July 25th, and here’s the sound of its engine to get you warmed up.

ZR1 is one of the most iconic badges ever put to a Corvette. Chevy launched the badge in 1970 to describe a road-race-ready 5.7L LT1-equipped car that had bigger brakes and more cooling along with a suspension system better-suited to the track.

It came back in 1990, when Chevrolet partenered with Lotus and Mercury Marine to build the 375 (later 405) horse DOHC ZR-1. 125 horses more than the next-most powerful Corvette that year. The badge returned in 2009 with the supercharged 6.2L V8 engine making 638 hp, and things got even more extreme with the C7-generation’s 755 hp.

So what does ZR1 mean for the 2025 Corvette? We’re expecting something that eclipses the 670 hp 5.5L Z06, making this a car that can truly challenge some of the world’s greatest automotive hardware.

Chevrolet‘s save-the-date might have an even clearer tease. The video shows a blue flame, and these days, blue means electricity. It wouldn’t be the first hybrid Vette that goes to the 655 hp, AWD E-Ray Corvette, but bear with us here. A modern ZR1 could partner the 670 hp 5.5L from the Z06 with the E-Ray electric bits. The E-Ray’s 160 hp motor could give that car 830 horsepower, which also happens to be usefully more than the last ZR1.

Of course, we’re just hypothesizing. The current popular rumor says it’ll have the Z06 engine with a pair of turbochargers to make more power the old-fashioned way. You’ll have to wait until July 25th to find out for sure.

 

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