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2025 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: New-gen 'King of the Hill' coming soon with monster twin-turbo V8 power likely, possible hybrid boost and AWD!

The new ZR1 will be the most powerful production Corvette ever.

Chevrolet has signalled the imminent arrival of the next iteration of its performance flagship, the Corvette ZR1, with a 20-second teaser video posted to YouTube overnight.

According to Chevy, “The unthinkable is coming this summer” which for us Aussies translates to a mid-year unveiling with the Detroit rumour mill pointing to power coming courtesy of a twin-turbocharged version of the current Z06’s 5.5-litre flat-plane crank V8 producing in excess of 635kW (around 850hp) and more than 1100Nm.

Following last year’s launch of the Corvette E-Ray it’s possible, if not likely, a decent chunk of that prodigious output will be delivered with hybrid electric assistance. Specifically, the E-Ray’s front drive axle, which would make this mid-engined monster the first-ever all-wheel drive Corvette. 

Spied multiple times during recent pre-production testing, we already know the ZR1 retains the Z06 quad-exhaust at the top of its rear diffuser and a dramatic aero treatment includes a giant rear wing, deep front splitter and canards (or flics) on the lower edges of the nose to manage vortices passing the front wheel wells.

Combine that aero efficiency with huge hybrid muscle and 0-100km/h acceleration in the low 2.0-second bracket is a near certainty.

Stay tuned for more details as the most powerful production Corvette ever produced draws nearer to launch. 

James Cleary
Deputy Editor
As a small boy James often sat on a lounge with three shoes in front of him, a ruler between the cushions, and a circular drinks tray in his hands. He would then play ‘drivings’, happily heading to destinations unknown for hours on end. He’s since owned many cars, raced a few, and driven (literally) thousands of them at all points of the globe. He’s steered around and across Australia multiple times, spent time as an advanced driving instructor, and had the opportunity to experience rare and valuable classics here and overseas. His time in motoring journalism has included stints at national and international titles including Motor, Wheels and TopGear, and when asked to nominate a career highlight, James says interviewing industry legend Gordon Murray, in the paddock at the 1989 Australian Formula One Grand Prix was amazing, especially as Murray waived away a hovering Ayrton Senna to complete the conversation. As Deputy Editor, James manages everything from sub-editing to back-end content, while creating written and video product reviews, as well as the weekly 'Tools in the Shed' podcast.'
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