A caravan of closely camouflaged high-performance Chevrolet Corvette prototypes was caught testing in public right this moment, led by a Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. We suspect that will not be the one high-output V8 on this crowd of preproduction Corvettes, and that is not even essentially the most attention-grabbing thriller query raised by this check session. Let’s take a look at what we will see underneath all this cladding.
For starters, it seems we’re two distinct flavors of Corvette right here, naked minimal. Whereas all 4 of them have the Z06-style heart exhaust, solely two have the loopy Batman-style wing from the Z07 bundle. All 4 are carrying Micheln Pilot Sport Cup 2 Rs — about as critical as DOT-legal trackday rubber will get. To make the entire thing much more difficult (and attention-grabbing!), we may be matched pairs of AWD and RWD fashions.
The automobile pictured above and decrease left right here seems to have axle stubs seen by the hubs in its entrance wheels. Two vehicles within the convoy are rolling round like this, whereas the opposite pair (as seen within the decrease proper picture) have their heart caps each in place and camouflaged; for no matter it is value, they seem like masking up the Corvette flag emblem and nothing extra.
On this case, AWD possible means hybrid, and up to now there’s solely a type of within the C8 lineup. As Chevy’s engineers have already made it clear that the E-Ray is supposed extra for cruising than lapping, it appears unlikely (although admittedly not not possible) that we’re a bundle for that utility. But when not E-Ray, then what? May these be early streetgoing prototypes for the long-rumored, 1,000-plus-horsepower Corvette Zora?
If the 2 carrying their heart caps are actually RWD and never AWD, that makes the puzzle extra intriguing nonetheless. Given the rubber and aero seen right here, something lower than Z06-level efficiency can safely be dismissed. If not Zora, then maybe a returning nameplate. ZR1, anyone? It is anticipated to return, maybe as a RWD, supercharged counterpart to the Zora. Each are rumored to enter manufacturing as quickly as 2025, so we should not have to attend too lengthy for solutions. Keep tuned.