Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is Coming and, Dear God, So Much Power!
Nov 16 2017
What's more, you don't need to know how to use a clutch pedal to drive the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. That means more than a Pagani Huayra Roadster (with 754 HP), more than a McLaren 720S (with 710 HP), and more than a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (with 707 HP). Peak torque kicks in at 4,400 rpm, which is 800 rpm higher than the Z06's 650 lb. -ft. of twist.
Versus the single-bumper opening on lesser Corvettes (even the Z06), the ZR1 gets three massive openings plus what appears to be a fourth one tucked above the road-hugging splitter. Although its V-8 displaces the same 6.2 liters as the Z06's also-supercharged LT4 V-8, the ZR1's supercharger has 52 percent more displacement (that is, volume) than the Z06 'charger.
Unlike with the original Corvette ZR1, you can add lots of creature comforts to the 2019 version, including heated and ventilated front seats, a Bose premium audio system, and the ultimate social media bragging tool, a Performance Data Recorder. There are no 0-60 miles per hour or quarter mile claims yet, but expect mid to high twos to 60 and mid 10s in the quarter. With the automatic, you get a set of paddle shifters, but they're mounted to the steering wheel rather than the steering column.
GM hasn't put a price tag on the 2019 Corvette ZR1, which will go on sale in the spring. Do you pick the Low Wing, or the High Wing?
As for the car's many quirks and features, we learned that buyers will get a choice of two wing options (low and high, this being the high one), and that the rear wing can be adjusted manually. In short, while the ZR1 is an fierce track-attacker, you can also get it with a wide array of creature comforts. In addition to its prodigious output, the ZR1 also offers two different aerodynamic packages including a high wing variant that generates 950 pounds of downforce.
Still, as you'd hope, that's not to say that the converse isn't true in either case. The second aero package unsurprisingly includes a large two-way adjustable rear wing, which produces 60 percent more downforce than a Z06 with the optional performance pack. The LT5 supercharged engine will be hand-built.
Chevrolet returned the Corvette ZR1 to the lineup for 2009.
If you thought the Corvette Z06 was a lot of vehicle, get ready to have your world rearranged.
It will have more horsepower than a Lamborghini Aventador, a Ferrari 488 GTB or the exotic Ford GT. Chevrolet isn't talking about pricing for the 2019 Corvette ZR1 at this stage, but the expectation is that, compared to its exotica rivals, this all-American hero will be practically a bargain.
The auto is undeniably cool, even when it's parked, but will surely look even better when it hits the street and track next spring at a price that hasn't been announced, but will likely be north of the $112,000 the last ZR1 went for in 2012.