Early GM "leaks" said the new Super C7 would be debuted at NAIAS. Then there was a rumor it would debut at the Daytona Rolex 24 Hour race at the end of January. Now Car & Driver is saying it debut in that "World Renown" (facetious here for the dry impaired) Wisconson Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America in August. This is actually AFTER 2018 Corvette production begins. Not only skipping Daytona, but also skipping a big April weekend at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park when over a thousand Corvette enthusiasts attend the 2018 model roll-out at the Corvette Museum.
Mmmmm. If I were the suspicious type of person, I would guess that there are unexpected development delays occurring. Why could there be delays? New technology first springs to mind. What new tech could cause delays in a new model of a car that has been in production for years? Maybe a new DOHC engine and/or the (new?) transmission that will mate to it.
Or ... this leak is also wrong?
Or ... this is a new marketing ploy to build anticipation longer (yeah, facetious again). Investments in engineering and development are amortized over the life of the product. Meaning, the sooner they can sell it, they WILL sell it to make the cost per unit over the longest life (run) possible.
Or ... maybe the Tonawanda DOHC production line cannot get up and running quickly enough?
IMO, if the package was solidly developed (no possible questions about what would be manufactured and sold), they would debut the car at the max PR place and time, saying that the production date would be ??/??/?? or even "TBD." I think they have encountered either engine or trans problems / compatibilities that are significant enough to avoid a public commitment to the package.
Or ... I'm completely wrong and there is some other unknown reason.
Or ... take C&D's "source" at face value when they say that the project itself hasnít been delayed, inferring that it will go on sale in Sep.
....sources claim the car was scheduled to be unveiled at the Detroit auto show but a decision was made last year to delay the reveal until the summer.
If the ZR1 does go on sale at the start of the model year, this is just a strange marketing decision that will result in less media "play" than the NAIAS debut would have produced.