The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1-Chevy's latest contender in the battle for performance supremacy-is finally here after months of teases and leaks. The supercharger is 52% larger in terms of displacement than the one used for the Corvette Z06, which itself is no slouch in the performance department. This uprated version of the "plastic fantastic" is so awesome that IT. SPITS.
Never had any vehicle with a bowtie produced this much power and gone this fast.
Chevy hasn't given us any specific performance numbers, but it did confirm that the new ZR1 achieves speeds in excess of 210 miles per hour (337 km/h). So is the carbon-fiber "halo" hood.
If you like orange, you're in for a treat thanks to the Sebring Orange design package.
For the 1970 model year, Chevrolet offered the first ZR1 Package, available for 'Vettes with the optional 5.7-liter, LT-1 V8 engine, which was rated for 370 hp.
Chevrolet returned the Corvette ZR1 to the lineup for 2009. Facilitating this is the 2019 ZR1's bodywork tweaks, as well as two aerodynamic packages to choose from. GM added another four radiators to the mix to prevent overheating, and so the ZR1 has a total of 13 heat exchangers. And two rear wing styles are available, each tied directly to the car's chassis as in the Corvette C7.R racing auto.
A rear low wing is standard (this one helps achieve the highest top speed) while a High Wing (two-way adjustable) can be specified for those who are after high downforce on the track. Making the most of that aero, the ZTK also features Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires, stiffer roll bars and re-tuned Magnetic Ride Control.
A further option, the "Sebring Orange Design Package", adds orange accents as well as orange seat belts and stitching combined with the Sebring Orange Tintcoat paint.
Like the Corvette Racing C7.R race auto, the ZR1's wings are both fitted directly to the chassis.
Inside, the Corvette ZR1 comes as standard with leather-trimmed competition sports seats with microfibre inserts, carbon-fibre trim on the steering wheel, performance data recorder and a Bose premium sound system.
Chevrolet says the new Corvette ZR1 goes on sale in spring of 2018. Pricing has not yet been announced but expect a six-digit figure. In this respect, then, the vehicle remains the bargain that the Corvette has always been, while at the same time reasserting itself as America's definitive sports car*.