Tuning

Corvette ZX-1 by Bennett

As we eagerly await the arrival of the seventh-gen Vette, tuners such as Bennett Coachworks continue to sex up the C6.

With the 2014 Corvette nearing production, Wisconsin-based tuner Bennett Coachworks has busied themselves with a current-gen C6 Vette they have dubbed the Bennett ZX-1, which boasts 860 horsepower and styling inspired by an F-22 Raptor. Starting with a donor C6, Bennett adds a custom body, new bumpers and doors, a redesigned rear deck that eliminates the signature rear window, and a C5-inspired rear end. Bennett offers the ZX-1 body in fiberglass with or without reinforced Kevlar, and carbon fiber.

Claiming the ZX-1 churns out 860 hp is a little misleading. In reality it will be powered by whatever lurks under the hood of the donor Corvette. In this particular model (number four in the run) the stock 6.0-liter LS2 V8 was modified to spit out 860 hp and 740 pound-feet of torque (up from 400 hp and 400 lb-ft) thanks to new heads, cams, valves, headers, exhaust and Procharger supercharger. It also sports a Brembo Gran Turismo braking kit. Buyers can update the interior with special leather, Alcantara headliner and pillars, and can choose from Sparco, Corbeau or Recaro seats. This grey example remains stock.

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