Forget all that talk about mid-engine Corvettes. Meet the 755-hp, 210-mph 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1! A true American supercar.
After months of speculation, Chevrolet has finally unveiled the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ? the fastest, most powerful, and meanest Corvette to date.
The ultimate ‘Vette is essentially a street-legal race car with a body, chassis and powertrain all tuned specifically for high speeds. Fittingly, this over-the-top supercar received an equally over-the-top introduction with a debut in Dubai rather than waiting for an upcoming international auto show in L.A. or Detroit.
Carrying the torch for supercharged Corvettes, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged LT5 V-8 rated at a tire-shredding 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque.
Not only is this output enough to make this ZR1 the most-powerful Corvette, it is also the highest-output production vehicle ever for Chevrolet.
One unique element of this engine is its fuel delivery system, which uses a combination of direct and port injection. This powerful engine can either be paired to an seven-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic marking the first time any ZR1 has offered an automatic.
Of course, there’s more to the new ZR1 than its powerful engine. With racing in mind, the ZR1’s body has been tuned to deliver improved handling, with a standard aero package that delivers 70 percent more downforce than a base Z06, and there’s an optional High Wing that has 60 percent more downforce than a z06 with the optional Z07 Performance Package.
This big wing is tied directly to the ZR1’s chassis, helping to return an estimated 950 pounds of rear downforce. Thanks to this type of stability, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is able to reach a top speed of “over 210 mph.”
This High Wing is part of the ZTK Performance Package that also adds a front splitter, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires and a special tuning for the chassis and Magnetic Ride Control System.
Another optional package that Chevrolet will offer is the Sebring Orange Design Package with an exclusive orange hue found on both the exterior and interior of the ZR1, and it also includes upgraded cabin features such as heated and cooled competition sport bucket seats with suede inserts, carbon fiber-rimmed steering wheel, GM’s innovative Performance Data Recorder and more.
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 goes on sale next spring, and while pricing has not been announced, it will likely come with a price tag well into the $100,000 range just as the previous ZR1 had. The only way to get a better Corvette is to buy a C7.R race car.