The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is here
The fire spitting ‘vette’ arrives packing supercar numbers and a host of aero trickery
After the massive leak late last week, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has been officially unveiled in Dubai, and it's packing a whole host of aero along with some supercar worrying performance numbers.
The massive numbers are all down to the new 6.2-litre V8 supercharged ‘LT5’ motor that produces a humongous 755bhp (563kw), and 715lb-ft (969nm) of torque. These figures are a small increase on the leaked numbers detailed on the cover of Car and Driver feature.
All of this power is down to some serious fettling of that V8 motor. For starters, the supercharger set-up is now more-efficient and gives the ZR1 a massive 52 percent more displacement than the Z06’s LT4 supercharger.
You can (and should) spec your ZR1 with a seven-speed manual gearbox. But if an automatic Vette takes your fancy then GM will give you an eight-speed flappy paddle effort.
According to the press release from GM, the 2019 ZR1 Corvette features a far more “aggressive appearance” that’s “driven by function” to make this the fastest production Corvette ever built.
This mix of aggression and functionality starts at the front of the car with that all-new front bumper; it’s designed to feed air to the supercharger while simultaneously cooling the drivetrain of the car. It also has four new radiators meaning the ZR1 has a total of 13 heat-exchangers to keep it cool when being driven at the limit.
One of the coolest features by far though is that bonnet opening, this allows the entire supercharger/intercooler setup to be on display to the world letting them know you’re driving a very fast Vette.
Throughout the rest of the bodywork, Chevrolet tells us that the standard ‘Low Wing’ aero package generates 70 percent more downforce than the outgoing Z06. If buyers spec the two-way adjustable ‘High Wing’ that gives the car maximum downforce for the quickest possible lap times on track. It does this by reducing lift by some 60 percent more than the Z06 fitted with the ‘Z07 Performance Package’.
The two-way ‘High Wing’ is part of the ‘ZTK Performance Package’, which gives the car an even more aggressive front splitter with carbon-fibre end caps, specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning for increased grip in the corners along with super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. All of these ZTK package elements combine to give the ZR1 a tarmac creasing 431kg (950lb) of downforce.
Chevrolet has managed to combine all of this tech and power to give the ZR1 supercar matching numbers with the top speed being quoted as ‘over’ 210 mph. You should also expect a 0-62mph time of around 3-seconds or under.
Buyers can even spec their ZR1 is what Chevy is calling the “Sebring Orange Design Package” which outfits the car with orange paint (obviously), matching orange brake calipers, rocker cover, special stripes and even orange seatbelts should the mood take you.
Want one? The new Corvette ZR1 will go on sale next spring with pricing yet to be confirmed.
Do you think this new ZR1 is a true all-American rival for the current crop of supercars? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.