Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: Past, Present, and Future

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The ZR-1 designation has come and gone from the Corvette lineup over the years. It first showed up in 1970, indicating a Corvette that had been infused with a racing powertrain and chassis. That lasted a couple years, then the ZR-1 disappeared until 1990. A Lotus-designed 5.7-liter V8 had replaced the old pushrod small-block 350. After 1995, the ZR-1 disappeared again, only to return for 2009 without its hyphen.

When we last saw the Corvette ZR1 in 2013, it was making 638 horsepower and was the first factory Corvette capable of reaching 200 mph.

Well, the ZR1 is back for 2018, and it finds itself in the middle of some modern-day horsepower wars. Dodge grabbed a million headlines by breaking the 700 horsepower barrier with its Hellcat engines; the new ZR1 is expected to produce something on the order of 750 horsepower.

The ZR1, in other words, is all about power. As Chevrolet closes the book on the Corvette’s seventh generation with a ZR1 swan song, let’s take a look at the ZR1’s past.

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