Hear the Power: The 2025 Corvette ZR1 in Action

Chevrolet Corvette ZR
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A video recently surfaced on Facebook showcasing the sounds of the 2025 Corvette ZR1 in a porotype version, still under camouflage, ahead of the official unveiling of this iconic American sports car.

The highly anticipated Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is set to debut in the summer of 2024, but enthusiasts can already experience its powerful V8 engine through recently shared photos and a video on the C8 Corvette Owners (And Friends) Facebook group.

Listen to the exhilarating sound of the new 2025 Corvette ZR1 in its test version:

While this isn’t the first glimpse of the Corvette ZR1 prototypes, this footage offers a particularly clear view of the vehicle’s rear. Although one prototype is fully covered, the other two are clad only in light camouflage.

The varied rear wings, one of which seems adjustable, seen on these prototypes indicate that these could be versions with or without a track package. Chevrolet might be testing different wings for either standard production models or a specialized racing variant. The intrigue in the spy video is heightened by the sight of the car with the larger wing remaining stationary.

These sports cars are likely powered by the same 5.5-liter DOHC V8 engine found in the 2024 Corvette Z06, supported by both the exhaust sound and substantial corroborative evidence. Rumors have been circulating that the new 2025 Corvette ZR1 will incorporate a twin-turbocharged version of the Z06’s engine.

2025 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

In October last year, specifications for a 5.5-liter turbocharged V8 engine, known as the LT7, were inadvertently revealed in the General Motors parts catalog. This engine isn’t currently used in any GM vehicles publicly, leading to speculation that it’s destined for the ZR1.

While the 5.5-liter engine appears to be a likely candidate, there are also whispers that the 6.2-liter V8 from the Corvette C8 Stingray might be turbocharged for the ZR1. A leaked engine list mentioned Active Fuel Management (AFM), which is available on the 6.2L but not on the 5.5L version, although some believe this was a listing error. Another possibility is that the 5.5-liter engine will employ a cross-plane crankshaft, as opposed to the flat-plane crank in the Z06, potentially enhancing its suitability for turbocharging and reinstating AFM.