GM considered taking on the Dodge Viper with a V-12-powered Chevrolet Corvette


Sporting an 8.0-liter V-10, the unique Dodge Viper critically outgunned the modern Chevrolet Corvette C4. So Common Motors determined to drop a V-12 into the ‘Vette as a attainable method to compete.

First noticed by Street & Monitor, this video from YouTube channel DtRockstar1 reveals the V-12 Corvette prototype—dubbed “ZR-12″—on the Nationwide Corvette Museum in Bowling Inexperienced, Kentucky. The prototype is absolutely drivable, and sounds unbelievable.

That sound is generated by a 600-cubic-inch (roughly 10.0-liter) V-12 constructed by Ryan Falconer Racing Engines. The all-aluminum engine produced a claimed 686 hp and 680 lb-ft of torque when new—eclipsing the modern Viper’s 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque—and weighed about the identical as an iron-block V-8.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR-12 prototype (via DtRockstar1 on YouTube)

Chevrolet Corvette ZR-12 prototype (by way of DtRockstar1 on YouTube)

Per the video, the ZR-12 additionally managed an 11.6-second quarter mile run at 133 mph in a March 1993 Motor Development take a look at.

When new, the ZR-12 even had Viper-like aspect pipes, though these had been subsequently eliminated. Immediately, the automotive has a twin exhaust system extra like that of a inventory C4 Corvette. The wheels had been modified sooner or later as nicely.

The ZR-12 by no means went into manufacturing. Chevy had already spent a number of money and time growing the 380-hp V-8 Corvette ZR-1, which, together with later Z06 and ZR1 (minus the hyphen) variants, took the combat to the Viper. Immediately, the Viper is gone, however Chevy is about to launch the 2023 Corvette Z06 with a 670-hp flat-plane crank V-8. Future Corvettes are anticipated to make use of a hybrid powertrain, combining a V-8 and electrical motors, and an all-electric powertrain, for further energy, so it is unlikely that we’ll ever see one other factory-backed try at a V-12 Corvette.


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