To be the best you have to beat the best, and apparently, that’s a saying Chevrolet has taken to heart with the C7 Corvette Stingray. These images our spy photographer snapped can attest to that, as a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is seen here testing on public roads with an Audi R8 V-10 convertible, Ferrari 458 Italia, McLaren MP4-12C, and a Porsche 911 Carrera S. If you look closely, there’s actually a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 running with the pack as well, which could mean the C7 ZR1 variant is pretty far along already.
Not every supercar that can be pitted against the Corvette was out and about testing with this pack, though. In fact, a glaring omission was crosstown rival, and perhaps the Corvette’s biggest competitor, the SRT Viper. However, logical reasoning leads us to believe Chevy was unable to get its hands on Chrysler Group’s latest. Even still, the fact that the 458 Italia, MP4-12C, and 911 Carrera S were used to compare the Corvette ZR1 with tells us Chevrolet isn’t messing around. When we asked Chevy about the ZR1′s testing crew selection, it responded with:
“A key goal for the Corvette Stingray was to develop a car that had world-class levels of performance, design, and technology. As we approach the final calibration of the Stingray, we want to ensure that it delivers one of the best driving experiences available from any sports car — regardless of price.”
We’re taking guesses about what the latest ZR1 will include but, as if you needed confirmation before, it’s now crystal clear that Chevrolet is serious about taking on the world’s best. Rumors for the next-generation ZR1 have been swirling for a while now and the latest whispers indicate that the C7 may breach 700 horsepower. The C6 ZR1 drummed power up from a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, rated at 638 hp and 604 pound-feet of torque, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the C7 ZR1 will beat those numbers.