General Motors has taken the covers off the Chevrolet 2019 Corvette ZR1, the most powerful Corvette ever made.
Earning it that title is a new V8 engine for the car that weighs in a 6.2 litres and spits out 755hp and a hefty 715 lb-ft of torque, all of which helps propel the 2019 ZR1 to over 201mph according to Chevy.
That large glut of horsepower can be attributed to a 52% larger supercharger over previous Corvettes, while a completely re-worked powertrain allows for dual fuel injection and provides an upgraded crankshaft helping put all that power to use.
With all the power comes issues of cooling, something previous Corvettes have struggled with. The new ZR1 has four additional radiators to keep it from getting hot under the collar, giving it a total of 13.
To get all the horsepower to the wheels an electronic-differential is present and correct, while ZR1 Fans can opt for a eight-speed automatic transmission or a rev-matching seven-speed manual gearbox.
In terms of design, the new Corvette ZR1 has the aggressive muscle car looks of previous models only with a swathe of sharp angles and slathered in carbon fibre, all with the goal of better managing airflow across the car and keeping the machine’s weight down.
On the ZR1’s backside sits a less-than-subtle rear wing, which helps it stick to the road when the taps are open on its engine. But for track enthusiasts, a ‘High Wing’ option is available, which plonks a larger two-way adjustable wing on the car’s back, giving it extra downforce to keep it pressed into a track – likely something cooked up during its extensive testing on the Nurburgring.
Both versions of the ZR1 come with a new front underwing, which aims to bring more stability and downforce to the car.
Tech wise, the ZR1 doesn’t initially look to be as well-equipped as some European cars, but it appears to have a standard touchscreen infotainment system, likely GM’s MyLink system which offers features such as data connections and iOS And Android phone integration. Digital dials appear to be on offer as well, offering extra driver-focused information within the dashboard.
There’s no word on pricing for the ZR1 yet, though with all the power on offer it’s not likely to be cheap, potentially sitting north of £90000. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is set to be released early spring next year, where it will have to take on the latest European track kings, such as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
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