Chevrolet has unveiled its fastest Corvette ever - at least for the road.
"I've never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there's never been one like this before", said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.
Even so, you likely won't be able to match the ZR1's overall performance at its price, no matter how hard you try.
The Corvette ZR1's exclusive LT5 supercharged engine, which is rated at an SAE-certified 755 horsepower (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft of torque (969 Nm), is establishing a new benchmark in performance.
The ZTK Performance Package will include a High Wing that is said to increase downforce by an additional 950 pounds (431 kilograms).
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Amidst rumours-once again-that a new-generation, mid-engine Corvette will imminently be revealed, Chevrolet has just announced the return of the beastly ZR1. The LT5 delivers the highest output ever for a Chevrolet production vehicle, thanks in part to a new, more-efficient intercooled supercharger system that offers 52 percent more displacement than the Z06's LT4 supercharger. To get the power figures up, the design team has used GM's first ever dual fuel injection system. With the automatic, you get a set of paddle shifters, but they're mounted to the steering wheel rather than the steering column.
In the meantime, the new ZR1 is unlikely to be converted to right-hand drive and offered in Australia.
Aside from taking the shortest hiatus in the model's history, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 continues the car's history of maximizing performance and altering its form in order to satisfy function. GM added another four radiators to the mix to prevent overheating, and so the ZR1 has a total of 13 heat exchangers. Top speed is said to reside somewhere above 210 miles per hour (338 km/h).
"As the highest-performing Corvette ever, the ZR1's design supports its capability in every way", says exterior design manager Kirk Bennion.
Not enough? Opt for the High Wing, a towering two-way adjustable unit that helps generate around 60% more downforce compared to the Z06 with the already pretty serious Z07 Performance Package. All models also feature a Chevrolet-first, downforce-enhancing front underwing. The package also includes a front bumper air splitter with carbon fibre end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires as well as specific chassis and suspension tuning. Both wings are connected to the chassis for added stability.
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The auto will also be available with a Sebring Orange Design Package. While this doesn't change the supercar's mechanical setup, it does bring the Sebring Orange body paint matched with orange brake calipers, seat belts, stitching and exterior bits, plus a bronze-aluminum interior trim.
The new design package complements the Corvette ZR1's tradition of offering maximum performance with refinement and design distinction.
Interior-wise, it's available with the choice of regular leather seats, heated/vented leather seats, or competition sports seats, as well as other options like performance dataloggers and a Bose high-end sound system.
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 goes on sale in the spring of 2018.
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