Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

With the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, Chevy builds the best 'Vette yet

With the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, Chevy builds the best 'Vette yet

All models also feature a Chevrolet-first, downforce-enhancing front underwing. Chevrolet says the 6.2-liter LT5 supercharged engine is an exclusive to the ZR1, and there are some things familiar and some things new.

In fact, it rams so much air down the V8's throat that it needs two fuel systems to feed it; the motor uses direct injection and supplemental port injection.

The new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is here, and it's really not a auto you'd want to get on the wrong side of. Why?

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Chevrolet has not yet announced acceleration figures for the 2019 ZR1 yet. It's the first time in the ZR1's prolific existence that it has been made available with an automatic gearbox. You also get special chassis tuning, Magnetic Ride Control and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber. 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.

Chevrolet has yet to release pricing for the Corvette ZR1, but it's expected to exceed the base car's $56,000 (£43,000) price tag significantly. We're also told the standard "Low Wing" aero package generates 70 per cent more downforce than the standard setup on the Z06, while adding the two-way-adjustable "High Wing" into the mix reduces lift by 60 per cent more than the "Z07 Performance Package".

Boasting a whopping 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque from its LT5 supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, the new Corvette ZR1 exceeds the output of the previous power champ in the lineup, the 650-horsepower Z06. However, those who prefer paddle-shifting can now spec an eight-speed automatic transmission instead.

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That bigger supercharger meant a taller engine altogether, one that wouldn't clear the hood; so, while the center carbon-fibre section looks like one piece, it's actually separate, with the intercooler on top poking through, in a sort of retro "shaker hood" style. Additional features, including aero packages with stanchion-mounted wings, help push the ZR1 harder onto the track for more confident handling and faster lap times.

Those willing to reach deeper into their pockets can order the new Sebring Orange Design Package adding an array of orange accents combined with the main Sebring Orange Tintcoat paint.

A new Sebring Orange Design Package will make it virtually impossible to ignore the new Corvette ZR1. There's also a Bose premium sound system available, along with a carbon fibre-rimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats and a Performance Data Recorder for more sportive types.

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It's good to be the King.

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