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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Finally Gets a Mid-Engine ZR-01 Variant

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The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette has been the talk of the town lately, especially since the plans for a mid-engine Zora ZR-01 were leaked to the public. The demand for a mid-engine Corvette had been voiced by quite a few enthusiasts, who want to get more power out of the engine, but GM had been reluctant to do so.

A mid-engine car would mean better acceleration and braking. If the company were to make the engine stronger, without any adjustments to the power-train it would only translate to burning rubber at the rear, with no significant results.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Finally Gets a Mid-Engine ZR-01 Variant

Updates to the exterior:

Even though the mid-engine would be the main attraction for buyers of the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette, it is not the only attraction the company has planned. With the C8, GM is planning to reduce the fan base of Ferraris and Lamborghinis.  Since, the ZR-01 would be manufactured in low-volumes; GM is planning to load it with a range of different technologies. One of these would include doors formed from sheets of magnesium.

However, most of the styling would be carried forward from the Stingray. However, with the removal of the engine from the front, the car would get a significant boost in aerodynamics. Additionally, the company is also planning to replace the fiber-glass body panels with lighter, yet stronger carbon-fiber.


After making so many efforts to make the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette efficient and faster, it would be a shame not to equip it with a more powerful engine. However, it does not seem that such a change would take place. The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette is expected to host the same engine as the Stingray, a 6.2-liter V8. Furthermore, expectations are high about the ZR-01 having turbo-chargers installed. This should enable the ZR-01 to boast an hp of 750. The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette is also expected to host a dual-clutch automatic transaxle.


Even though a lot of excitement has already been built-up around the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-01, the company is still unsure about the consumer reaction. Hence, the C8 would be launched alongside the C7, but in a much smaller volume. Another major problem for the engineers at GM is redesigning the car to be able to host a mid-engine. Luckily, GM has a robotic frame fabrication tool to simplify its task.

It is also expected that the regulations on fuel consumption are going to grow tighter, but that should not be too much of a problem for the ZR-01. Once this happens, the engineers at GM can simply accommodate electric motors in the newly freed space under the hood.

Competition and price:

With the new upgrades, the new ZR-01 would be able to stand bumper to bumper with heavy weights like the Ferrari 458, Audi, BMW, Mercedes AMG and even Porsche. How successful would the car actually be, is dependent upon the consumer response. It is expected that the starting price for the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-01 should be around $150,000.

For more, you can check out our full 2017 Chevrolet ZR-01 review detailing all on the specs, features, price, and release date.

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