GM unveils fastest Corvette ever with top speed of 210 miles per hour

2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Debuts With 755 Horsepower

Chevrolet has created and unveiled the most powerful and fastest Corvette in the history of the automaker: the 2019 Corvette ZR1.

The ZR1's "LT5" engine comes in the form of a 6.2-liter supercharged one that makes 755 horsepower, 715 pounds of torque. The other three include the 1990 Corvette ZR-1, the 2009 Corvette ZR1, and this upcoming 2019 model. Mated to this engine can either be a seven-speed manual (thank you!) or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

That's over 100 more horsepower than the Z06 'Vette. Peak torque kicks in at 4,400 rpm, which is 800 rpm higher than the Z06's 650 lb. -ft. of twist.

America's legendary sports auto receives 765hp 6.2-litre supercharged V8 and new eight-speed automatic option.

Among the available exterior colours, Orange Sebring is the new choice.

The vehicle 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.

"We have a longstanding relationship with Pratt & Miller [the Corvette race team] and everything comes together in this package", said Peters of the ZR1's aero profile. Y'know, stuff like air conditioning and power windows.

2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1
GM reveals its 'fastest, most powerful' car in 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

Chevrolet may be talking up the 2019 Corvette ZR1's biggest numbers, but the smallest are production goals. With a top speed quoted at "over 210 mph", they're not wrong.

If you thought the Corvette Z06 was a lot of vehicle, get ready to have your world rearranged. To that end there are no less than 13 heat-exchanging units, including four new radiators.

Unlike the previous C6 ZR1, where the supercharger assembly was open for the world to see under a clear polycarbonate piece, the new, carbon fiber "halo" hood is now a complex setup with vents and a shaker piece that caps the Eaton blower and intercooler. And two rear wing styles are available, each tied directly to the car's chassis as in the Corvette C7.R racing vehicle. You can go the low route with the car's standard, fixed Low Wing, which is designed with top speed in mind. "The new wings, for example, help generate more downforce without adding drag, enhancing road holding and top speed".

The ZR1 gets the LT5-designated 6.2-litre V8 producing 765hp and 969Nm.

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

Another option will be a Sebring Orange design package that combines Sebring orange paint with matching brake calipers and accent stripes for the splitter and rocker and, inside, orange seat belts, stitching, and bronze aluminum interior trim. We'd bet the ZR1 with the ZTK package would give the C7.R race auto all it could handle, and in fact the wing assembly is tied into the chassis, just like the race vehicle.

GM hasn't put a price tag on the 2019 Corvette ZR1, which will go on sale in the spring. The price is yet to be announced, but if you must ask, you probably can not afford it. Count on spending six figures, though, and that's before dealers add markup. Additional front aero will jam the ZR1 even harder into the track. In this respect, then, the auto remains the bargain that the Corvette has always been, while at the same time reasserting itself as America's definitive sports car*.



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