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


Sporting an 8.-liter V-10, the primary Dodge Viper seriously outgunned the present-day Chevrolet Corvette C4. So Basic Motors made a decision to fall a V-12 into the ‘Vette as a possible way to contend.

To start with noticed by Highway & Monitor, this video from YouTube channel DtRockstar1 displays the V-12 Corvette prototype—dubbed “ZR-12″—at the Nationwide Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The prototype is entirely drivable, and sounds fantastic.

That sound is created by a 600-cubic-inch (around 10.-liter) V-12 crafted by Ryan Falconer Racing Engines. The all-aluminum engine made a claimed 686 hp and 680 lb-ft of torque when new—eclipsing the modern day Viper’s 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque—and weighed about the similar as an iron-block V-8.

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

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

For every the movie, the ZR-12 also managed an 11.6-second quarter mile run at 133 mph in a March 1993 Motor Pattern test.

When new, the ZR-12 even experienced Viper-like aspect pipes, even though these were subsequently eradicated. These days, the car has a dual exhaust procedure additional like that of a stock C4 Corvette. The wheels had been changed at some position as properly.

The ZR-12 never ever went into creation. Chevy had currently expended a ton of time and money establishing the 380-hp V-8 Corvette ZR-1, which, along with later Z06 and ZR1 (minus the hyphen) variants, took the struggle to the Viper. Now, the Viper is absent, but Chevy is about to start the 2023 Corvette Z06 with a 670-hp flat-aircraft crank V-8. Potential Corvettes are envisioned to use a hybrid powertrain, combining a V-8 and electric motors, and an all-electrical powertrain, for excess ability, so it is unlikely that we will ever see one more factory-backed attempt at a V-12 Corvette.

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