GM unveils fastest Corvette ever

14 November, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Becky Perry
  • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 leaked on magazine cover

Chevy didn't announce pricing, but it will probably come in at just over $100,000, continuing Corvette's pattern of offering bonkers performance for a relative song.

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.

Chevrolet has created and unveiled the most powerful and fastest Corvette in the history of the automaker: the 2019 Corvette ZR1. An Available ZTK Performance Package adds a taller, 2-way adjustable stanchion-mounted rear wing that supplies significant additional downforce without introducing aerodynamic drag.

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 comes as close as ever to giving foreign supercar brands like Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini a real run for the money - and, indeed, at $130,000, this 755 horsepower King Kong Corvette is a veritable bargain.

To achieve the 755 horsepower output, Chevy engineers installed a larger blower on its 6.2-litre small block, and devised a dual fuel injection system, a first for General Motors. This is also thanks to an eight speed automatic gearbox, which can also be manually shifted via paddles on the back of the steering wheel. This marks the first time an automatic has been offered on the coveted ZR1.

Two rear wing designs are available for the 2019 Corvette ZR1, each tied directly to the chassis just like with the Corvette C7.R racing auto. A new carbon fiber "halo" hood rises high and is open in the center in order to clear the bigger supercharger and intercooler.

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Chevy claims that after benchmarking a few sports cars with active wings, they came to the conclusion that those serve more of an aesthetic objective than anything else, creating the least drag and the most downforce at their fully extended form. The standard rear wing generates a purported 70 percent more downforce than the Z06's standard aerodynamics package; equipped as such, the ZR1 can exceed 210 miles per hour, GM says.

"As the highest-performing Corvette ever, the ZR1's design supports its capability in every way", explained Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design Manager. All models also feature a Chevrolet-first, downforce-enhancing front underwing. And two rear wing styles are available, each tied directly to the car's chassis as in the Corvette C7.R racing auto.

The Corvette ZR1 introduced today also debuted a dynamic, available Sebring Orange Design Package.

Furthermore, the new ZR1 gets a carbon-fiber front splitter with the vehicle finished in Sebring Orange paint scheme complete orange calipers to cover the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes.

Inside the cockpit, Chevrolet threw in its best mix of materials, including leather for the seats and suede microfiber inserts.

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