Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the fastest, most powerful 'Vette yet

14 November, 2017, 01:23 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1's LT5 V-8 engine leaked

Its supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V-8 churns out a solid 755 hp and 715 pound-feet of torque.

This is what you want to know: 755 horsepower, 715 lb. -ft. of torque, top speed of over 210 miles per hour, according to General Motors. The hallowed three-letter moniker returns packing more aero, greater performance and, of course, heaps of extra power to go around. The Low Wing may not match its downforce-happy High Wing cousin, but it still offers a claimed 70-percent more downward pressure than the base aero setup on the old Z06.

Summed up, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 is a beast, and it will be available to purchase next spring. General Motors has even up fitted the new Vette with something it has never used - a dual fuel injection system. "The new wings, for example, help generate more downforce without adding drag, enhancing road holding and top speed". The power is channeled through the familiar Corvette seven-speed manual - or, in a first for ZR1s, an eight-speed automatic with manual-mode paddle-shifters.

When it comes to the Corvette, sometimes you get what you want, not what you need. Both wings are connected to the chassis for added stability. It has 13 heat exchangers in total thanks to the addition of four radiators, an opening in the carbonfibre bonnet that the entire supercharger/intercooler assembly pokes through, and a completely new design for the front fascia to make sure enough air is channelled through to that LT5 V8.

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 comes as close as ever to giving foreign supercar brands like Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini a real run for the money - and, indeed, at $130,000, this 755 horsepower King Kong Corvette is a veritable bargain. The package also gets a unique front splitter, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 high-performance summer tires, and specific chassis and suspension tuning. Pricing was not announced.

Chevrolet will be offering the new model in a special Sebring Orange Design Package, which includes the vibrant Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior, orange brakes, orange seat belts and stitching, and other orange and bronze highlights. Both wings are bolted directly to the chassis just like on a C7.R race vehicle, for strength and stability. Other add-ons available to buyers include a carbon-fibre-rimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats, a performance data recorder and a Bose premium audio system.

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