Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Chevrolet Unveils 2019 Corvette ZR1 with LT5 Supercharged Engine

First Look: With the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, Chevy builds the best 'Vette yet Here Is Your First Look at the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Jeanne Townsend | 14 November, 2017, 00:42

It all start with its big, bulging exposed carbon-fiber hood. For anyone who still doubts that the Vette is a truly world-class sports auto Chevy is getting ready to roll out the C8, the long-awaited mid-engine model that is being referred to internally as the Zora, after Corvette's brilliant first chief engineer, Zora-Artus Duntov. So this time around, they went all in. The nose of the ZR1, meanwhile, has been heavily redesigned to provide additional airflow for the engine and cooling systems. Now that's just bonkers.

Like most high-end GM performance cars, the ZR1 will be offered with two distinct aerodynamic packages.

Despite all the wishful thinking, the new LT5 doesn't come with a DOHC head like the Lotus-enhanced original did in the nineties.

The new "King of the Hill" has a 755 hp 6.2-liter V8 sticking out of its hood, thanks to a supercharger that's over 50 percent larger than the one used by the now relatively weak-kneed 650 hp Corvette Z06.

There are two different aero kits which can be fitted to the ZR1. No official pricing has been released as of yet, but more information is expected in the coming months. Not unlike on Corvette Racing's C7.R. The aero packages feature stanchion-mounted wings.

The new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is here, and it's really not a vehicle you'd want to get on the wrong side of. Why?

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Said top speed is "somewhere above" 210 miles per hour, as long as you stick to the standard wing. That automatically increases the noise levels the harder you push it. But the latest ZR1 comes with a supercharged, 6.2-liter LT5 V-8 engine. And those "conservatively estimated" 755 horses have to motivate 3560 lbs. of Corvette.

Nineteen-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels wear P285/30ZR19 front and P335/25ZR20 rear tires, with Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber.

Braking is taken care of by some eye-popping 394mm front and 388mm rear carbon ceramic matrix discs, clamped by six-piston aluminium front and four-piston rear calipers.

Remember the Z06's overheating issues? A Bugatti Veyron has 10. Also, the exhaust note is louder and dirtier than the previous Z06.

The ZR1 also sports aggressive new design elements, including a more sculpted hood, larger and lower air intake grilles above a more prominent splitter and a massive rear spoiler. Luckily, younger buyers can choose from three more tasteful wheel finishes.

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.

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