The C4 was lighter than its predecessor and more powerful as well, but also a more sophisticated machine all around. Porsche would bring out the radically advanced Type-964 911 in 1989, which brought such game changers as all-wheel-drive into the equation. But in 1990, Chevy would bring out the ZR-1, a high-performance version of the C4 designed with input from Lotus
. This was a very serious machine, designed to be competitive with the higher-end European competition. But with this seriousness came an equally serious price tag that was out of step for most Corvette and other potential customers.