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13 November 2017, 09:07 | Brandon Parsons
Here Is Your First Look at the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
The vehicle was discontinued after 1995, production totaling fewer than 7,000 units.
"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.
The ZR1's LT5 6.2L V-8 engine advances Corvette's supercharging legacy, which began with the 2009 sixth-generation ZR1 and continued with the 2015 seventh-generation Z06.
This is what you want to know: 755 horsepower, 715 lb. -ft. of torque, top speed of over 210 miles per hour, according to General Motors.
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. For the first time ever, the ZR1 will be available with an automatic transmission.
Two different aerodynamic styling packages will be available and the standard "Low Wing" variant is created to deliver the highest top speed. To that end, Chevrolet added four extra radiators to bring the total number of heat exchangers on the auto to 13, sucking on air from huge front air intakes as well as a vented carbon fibre bonnet - the latter has a cut out for the massive supercharger and intercooler assembly.
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. At the rear the standard ZR1 comes with a low set wing that provides 70 per cent more downforce than the Corvette Z06's aerodynamic package. All models also feature a Chevrolet-first, downforce-enhancing front underwing. Both wings are bolted directly to the chassis just like on a C7.R race vehicle, for strength and stability. This package also includes a front splitter with carbon fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer performance tires, revised chassis tuning, and reworked Magnetic Ride Control suspension calibration. 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.
And if you are a fan of the Corvette's exhaust note, the ZR1 gets an all-new system which emits an even more louder note than the Z06. Additionally, Chevy had developed a new a Sebring Orange paint scheme with orange calipers to cover the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Even the cabin gets orange and bronze accents that highlight the performance bit. The driver-focused, well-appointed cockpit includes standard leather-trimmed seats, with sueded microfiber inserts offered.
Chevrolet says the new Corvette ZR1 goes on sale in spring of 2018.
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