GM, Chevy reacquire rights to Corvette model
There can be no argument, all Corvettes are great. However, real Corvette aficionados will some Corvettes are greater than others. Depending on who is doing the talking, the Corvette ZR1 is at the top of the list. Chevrolet most recently produced the super high-performance version of the muscle car for the 2013 model year. However, a recent article by Greg Migliore for AutoBlog.com makes us wonder, will the Corvette ZR1 come back to Canada? In his article, Migliore said that GM filed a trademark application to use ZR1 for, “motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles.” On surface, this could be a major sign of things to come. On the other hand, there are number of far less exciting reasons for the automaker to submit this paper work.
What will the Corvette ZR1 have under the hood?
It’s really difficult, if not impossible, to accurately speculate on what Chevy engineers could possibly place under the hood of a potential Corvette ZR1 reboot. Migliore’s blog post links to another AutoBlog post containing spy shots of what they claim in Corvette test bed sporting a mid-mounted engine. This report is more than a year old, and not much more has come from it. General Motors has several brands under its umbrella, including some that only appear overseas, like Holden. It’s not out of the possibility that they are doing some kind of testing with no intention of building anything as exciting as an all new Corvette ZR1.
When would more news about the Corvette ZR1 come out?
Again, more speculation. However, if we were betting on an announcement of a new Corvette ZR1 coming to Canada, it would likely come at one of the big auto shows in the United States. The company’s first opportunity would be at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit which would be in January or at the Chicago Auto Show the following month. The timing would be interesting because it was in February 2014 when a huge sinkhole opened up at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, damaging several classic Corvettes. One of them was the ZR-1 known as “Blue Devil.”
What happened to the damaged Corvettes?
Following the arduous process of reclaiming the damaged Corvette models from the sink hole, several were repaired by General Motors. Among the repaired cars was the Blue Devil, which was able to drive out of the crumbling exhibition hall under its own power after falling some 30 feet. Unfortunately, some of the cars were simply to damaged to salvage in a way that would properly preserve the history.
Didn’t the Blue Devil race a Blue Angel?
Yes it did. Motor Trend really wanted to take on a front-line tactical military airplane. You can watch the results below.
The Don Wheaton Blog will stay on top of any future developments surrounding a new version of the Corvette ZR1. In the mean time, if you would like to learn more about the high performance cars currently available in our showroom, contact a Don Wheaton sales professional today.