The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is a variant, first time in several print publications and on-line, based on rumors that General Motors was developing a production version of the Corvette above the Z06 level under the name of Blue Devil internal code (the name of CEO Rick Wagoner’s alma mater, Duke University). The Chevrolet Corvette’s exotic was originally said to feature a supercharged LS9 engine producing more than 650 hp (485 kW) with disclosed prices exceed $130,000.99 USD.
The October 12, 2006, issue of AutoWeek published photos from photographer Chris Doane of C6 with plate special car-manufacturer-issued on a Z06 with a hood bulge, widely thought to confirm the presence of a compressor on the Blue Devil. Other names linked to the project including the Chevrolet Corvette SS and the Corvette Z07. In February 2007, a worker in a Michigan shipping company has experienced the online image of a powertrain mule development that was sent to Germany, which is believed to be part of the Blue Devil program. The car had plates of the manufacturer, the license, carbon-ceramic brakes, fender enlarged holes, a hood bulge, and an engine with a supercharger in the valley between the cylinder banks and a water-to-air intercooler on top.
GM began to release details on the Blue Devil in April 2007 draft and revealed the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 in December. The company confirmed the existence of the project in an interview with Car and Driver April 13. Power levels have been confirmed to be between 600 and 700 horsepower (447 and 522 kW), but contrary to earlier rumors of a supercharged engine 6.2 liters, the engine was only confirmed to have a greater displacement of 7.0 liters LS7 in the Z06. Motor Trend has confirmed the official name for the Blue Devil production, resurrect the old ZR1 nameplate. The ZR1 was originally used for development vehicles in 1971, and again as ZR-1 as the top model of performance on the C4 Corvette. General Motors has officially revealed the 2009 Corvette ZR1 on December 19, giving a press release and pictures of the car. GM has confirmed a 6.2 L supercharged LS9 V8 that produces 638 hp (476 kW).
2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is capable of reaching a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), carbon fiber trim is used on the roof, hood, fenders, front splitter, and rockers; the hood and fenders are painted over, while the roof and splitters are simply covered in a clear-coat, keeping their black color. A polycarbonate window is placed at the center of the hood, allowing the intercooler of the engine to be seen from the outside. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 2018 wheels are the largest ever placed on a production Corvette, with front and rear wheels increased in size and diameter over the 2018 Corvette Z06. carbon-ceramic brakes are included. The brake calipers are painted blue, as well as the structure of the engine intercooler and the ZR1 logo. Magnetic Selective Ride Control is also included on the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, with sensors to automatically adjust the stiffness levels according to road conditions and vehicle movement.