Corvette SS? Blue Devil? Nope…a throwback name for a new Vette…

ZR-1

According to Motor Trend the new name for the 600 HP beast will be a throwback to the old school powerhouse….the ZR-1.

I think that fits it well, Blue Devil was too Duke, and Z07 was m’eh.  

Taken from Motor Trend:

Chevrolet’s 650-horsepower Corvette, developed under the codename “Blue Devil,” will be called ZR1. That badge will appear on the January 2008 Detroit show car, and on the production version set to go on sale later next year as a 2009 model. GM has been developing this car for several years, using a supercharged version of the new 6.2-liter small block V-8 used in the 2008 Corvette(pictured). GM also considered such names as Z07 and Super Sport for the ultra-low-volume car. Price will be much higher than the 505-horsepower Z06, and Chevy will continue production of that car when the ZR1 launches.

Chevy first used the ZR1 moniker for a reported eight cars built in the 1971 model year with a 370-horsepower, 350-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) small block V-8. The option cost $1,010, while a 425-horse 454 was $1,221. The ’71 ZR1 came with no special bodywork or badging. Chevy revived the name in 1990 for a 32-valve Lotus-designed, Mercury Marine-built 375-horsepower quad-cam V-8. That car had a wider tail to accommodate P315/35ZR17 Goodyears on 11-inch wide wheels and was built through the ’95 model year. Badges included a hyphen, as in ZR-1, which doesn’t fit GM RPO nomenclature.

GM has never confirmed nor denied rumors that “ZR” stands for “Zora’s Racer.”

The blown 6.2 also looks like the engine that will power the next Cadillac CTS-v, rather than something based off of GM’s new high-feature overhead cam V-8 debuting in ’09.

 by Todd Lassa 

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