2016 Corvette ZR1 Mid-engine platform, specs, price

Just recently the rumors about the new platform of the 2016 Corvette ZR1 were started. According to this info, new ZR1 will be built on GM’s mid-engine architecture. This sports car will be revolutionary, according to the words of Mark Reuss, GM’s head of global product development, and will delight all Corvettes’ fans. The reason we waited for this long, is the reputation it created, which puts a lot of pressure on its designers and engineers, who have to work twice as hard in order to fulfill the expectations.

2016 Corvette ZR1 Front

2016 Corvette ZR1 news

The biggest news when it comes to 2016 Corvette ZR1 is the transition to a mid-engine platform. However this change will be reflecting in several other segments of the model. The repositioning of the powertrain will influence the acceleration and braking of the model, which will be significantly improved. Another good side of this switch is the design. This change allows the designers to make a radical change in their sketches and to play with proportions and body lines of the upcoming Corvette ZR1.

If the rumors are true, Chevy prepared this change for while now, even before GM’s financial problems back in 2009. The new generation, however will not change some old traditions. 2016 Corvette ZR1 will not be available in many copies, in fact, it should be available in only 1500 units per year, which was the case so far too.

Beside exterior extravaganza, the new platform will also generate extensive interior change, mainly regarding the cabin. The seats will be placed lower than the previous ones, while the materials and overall appearance will radiate with luxury, as it usually goes with pricey cars.

2016 Corvette ZR1 Rear

2016 Corvette ZR1 engine

It is hard to assume which engine will run the 2016 Corvette ZR1, especially since Chevrolet keeps the info about this model strict confidence. According to latest info, 2016 ZR1 will be empowered by a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 engine which will be able to deliver around 640 horsepower. Although everyone expected some engine from the small block V8 family, looks like Chevy had some other planes in mind.

As for transmission, the most reasonable choice would be dual-clutch automatic, which will probably be the choice of Chevy’s engineers. It will transfer the engine power to rear-wheels, which would further enhance the acceleration and braking.

2016 Corvette ZR1 Interior

2016 Corvette ZR1 competition, price and release

There are few sports vehicles you can look for beside ZR1. We could mention SRT Viper GTS, Lamborghini Aventador and Porsche 918 Spyder as some of its closest rivals. When it comes to release date of the new generation of Corvette ZR1, there are few stories that could be taken as relevant. It is still unclear whether this model will be launched as 2016 or 2017 model, so it is hard to predict the exact release date. One thing we can be sure of, is that 2016 Corvette ZR1 will not be launched before early 2016. Price of the model should be around $150,000, which is expected, considering the specs of the vehicle, and high expectations both its producers and fans have.

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One Response to 2016 Corvette ZR1 Mid-engine platform, specs, price

  1. John Cummings sr says:

    Looking to get one

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