2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 spy shots – S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
We know it. You know it. General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] knows it. The ZR1 nameplate is coming back, and it will be the last hurrah for the C7 Corvette. The question we asked you was, “How much horsepower does the new 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 need to have?”
According to the results of our latest Twitter poll, the majority of you—42 percent to be exact—believe the new ZR1 needs to make 750 horsepower. That would put it above the Hellcats in the pecking order, and probably in the hunt with the upcoming 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
Interestingly, a whopping 30 percent of you believe it needs to make 800 horsepower, which some might see as excessive. Then again, 16 percent of you said it needs 1,000-plus-horsepower, which seems a bit absurd for a street car from a mainstream make.
Then we remember this is the era where Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari have all put out hypercars with nearly 1,000 horsepower. Still, this is a Corvette we are talking about, not a hypercar.
Some of you—a total of 12 percent—are more reasonable and said 700 horsepower would be adequate.
How much horsepower does the new 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 need to have?
— MotorAuthority (@motorauthority) August 29, 2016
How much power will it actually make? You can bet it’ll be north of 700 horses, as it needs to distance itself from the 650-horsepower Z06. Whether it has much more than that is anyone’s guess at this point.
The new 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1’s already in development and we’ve spied prototypes.
What’s next? Word has the C8 Corvette will follow a year later with a mid-engine layout and a new LT5 V-8 engine. We expect to see that debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show.