GM reveals its 'fastest, most powerful' vehicle in 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1


Chevy hasn't revealed how quick it is, but says the ZR1 will break the 210 miles per hour barrier, which could put it within range of the $450,000 2016 miles per hour Ford GT.

Unveiled halfway across the world at a special event in the glamorous and amorphous Middle Eastern capital of Dubai that's chock full of skyscrapers and mega malls, the fourth Corvette to wear the ZR1 badge is not only a standard bearer for Chevy, but for the Corvette brand as a whole.

It's the most powerful production auto Chevrolet has ever made, and probably the meanest-looking.

That power gets to the rear wheels through a seven-speed manual transmission or, in another ZR1 first, an eight-speed automatic. From the most recent leak, we already had a pretty good idea what this vehicle would be: basically a Z06 with a huge wing and 750 horsepower thanks to a larger throttle body, bigger supercharger, better cooling, and more potent fuel injection system. The Z06, for perspective, now is the fastest Corvette you can buy, and produces 650 horsepower.

In 1990, the Corvette ZR-1 returned to the lineup with a Lotus-engineered and Mercury Marine-built, 32-valve, aluminum-block, 5.7-liter V8 dubbed the LT5.

Chevrolet returned the Corvette ZR1 to the lineup for 2009. That adds up to a smoother change when you release the clutch.

GM reveals its 'fastest, most powerful' vehicle in 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1
GM reveals its 'fastest, most powerful' vehicle in 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

The C7 generation Corvette is already one of the most impressive super sports cars on the market, especially the 650 horsepower Z06. The front fascia's design is more than cosmetic; it's created to channel air to four new radiators, bringing the total number of heat exchangers to 13 on the vehicle.

With great power comes great speed.

That high wing comes as part of a ZTK performance package that also brings a front splitter with carbon fibre end caps, Michelin Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires, and specific tuning for the chassis and Magnetic Ride Control suspension system to boost cornering grip.

As for the ZR1's interior, there are two packages available, 1ZR and 3ZR, that can dress up the cabin with a carbon fiber trimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats, Bose audio, or Napa leather seats with heating and cooling. Both of the rear wings are attached to the car's chassis - something Chevrolet claims will increase strength and stability.

Even so, you likely won't be able to match the ZR1's overall performance at its price, no matter how hard you try.

Chevrolet will start selling the 2019 Corvette ZR1 in Spring 2018. In this respect, then, the auto remains the bargain that the Corvette has always been, while at the same time reasserting itself as America's definitive sports car*.

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