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Things You Need To Know About The 2019 Corvette ZR1

16 November, 2017, 01:53 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is GM's most powerful car ever

Chevy says the top speed of the ZR1 is more than 210 miles per hour in a news release.

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.

Chevy unveiled the 2019 Corvette ZR1 on Monday at the Dubai International Motor Show, sporting a not so subtle Sebring Orange paint job - which garnered almost as much attention as the car's horsepower figure. It goes on sale in spring 2018.

The ZR1 is available with either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, equipped with paddle shifters, marking the first time an automatic has been offered in the ZR1.

It's official, the most powerful road-going Corvette in history is a bad-ass in more ways than one. The LT5 also has a new dual-fuel-injection system, a first not only for Chevy but all of GM. It's the first time the ZR1 has offered two-pedal driving, but don't groan just yet: GM claims the 650-hp Z06 hits 60 miles per hour and runs the quarter-mile in 2.95 and 10.95 seconds, respectively, with the automatic. The LT5 supercharged engine will be hand-built.

Chevrolet may be talking up the 2019 Corvette ZR1's biggest numbers, but the smallest are production goals.

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It's a boutique approach that in many ways is at odds with the "supercar for the people" strategy Chevy has long taken with the Corvette in general, but it makes a lot of sense for the 2019 ZR1.

For example, the new ZR1 has a redesigned front end with huge air intakes to feed four new radiators, which brings the total heat exchanger count to 13, according to Chevrolet.

Unlike the previous C6 ZR1, where the supercharger assembly was open for the world to see under a clear polycarbonate piece, the new, carbon fiber "halo" hood is now a complex setup with vents and a shaker piece that caps the Eaton blower and intercooler. The standard vehicle comes with a low rear wing that allows the auto to reach its huge top speed and produces 70 percent more downforce than the Z06's body. Meanwhile, the High Wing comes with summer-only Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and a different front splitter, to go with its 950 pounds of downforce at top speed.

Two rear wing designs are available for the 2019 Corvette ZR1, each tied directly to the chassis just like with the Corvette C7.R racing auto.

Inside, the ZR1 gets leather-trimmed bucket seats, a performance data recorder and a Bose sound system as standard. Additional front aero will jam the ZR1 even harder into the track.

100,000+ - Pricing for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has not yet been announced, but it's a safe bet its starting price will exceed $100,000.


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