Torque News has posted an interesting editorial on their site regarding the upcoming 2015 Corvette Z06 and what it means for the potential of a C7 ZR1 as well as the previous generation C6 ZR1:

A 650hp 2015 Corvette Z06 Might Kill the ZR1 - Literally

By Patrick Rall
Torque News


While we were busy swooning over the first teaser image of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that General Motors issued early last week, we almost missed a key bit of wording that leads me to believe that the company doesn’t intend to build a C7 ZR1 – meaning that the next generation Z06 would replace both the previous Z06 and the more powerful ZR1.

The second sentence of the press release announcing the intended debut of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 proclaimed that this new model will “complete Chevrolet’s performance car lineup” as it joins up with the other new performance models including the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 and the new SS Performance sedan. Stating that the new Z06 will “complete” the performance lineup suggests that there isnt anything else coming to that group in the near future and – in a roundabout way – suggests that there is no Corvette ZR1 on the way.

You might be asking yourself why General Motors would considering “stopping” with the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 whereas the C6 Corvette had the Z06 as somewhat of a “midlevel” package while the ZR1 was the top of the line. Rumors around the automotive water cooler lean towards the idea that the 2015 Corvette Z06 will offer somewhere in the area of 650 horsepower from the supercharged LT4 engine that was leaked on Instagram last week. With 650 horsepower on tap, the 2015 Z06 would pack 19 more horsepower than the C6 ZR1 and if the Z06 features a similar 7-speed manual transmission and Magnetic Selective Ride Control system as the base 2014 Corvette Stingray. Also, the press release containing the first teaser image suggested that there will be unique chassis appointments which could be some of the magnesium goodies similar to those found in the C6 ZR1.

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