After months of speculation, the ultimate Corvette is finally here. We're thinking it will debut in Detroit where we'll get a slew of all-new information related to the all-new ZR1's performance.
The new 2019 ZR1 is what Chevrolet is calling its fastest, most powerful production Corvette yet. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS better watch its back.
GM's product development vice president Mark Reuss says the ZR1 is unlike any Corvette is on another level to the 'Vettes that have preceded it.
It needs the downforce to keep it on the road because under the bonnet is Chevrolet's new LT5 engine - a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 petrol boasting a staggering 563kW of power and 969Nm of torque. This engine is similar to the LT4 engine that is found in the Z06, but is now called the LT5, which harkens back to the C4 generation ZR-1.
The new Corvette ZR1 was revealed in Dubai and wouldn't look out of place on the Le Mans starting grid thanks to its huge racing-style rear wing. For the first time ever, the ZR1 will be available with an automatic transmission. The LT5 also features GM's first dual injection system that can use both port and direct fuel injection. With the automatic, you get a set of paddle shifters, but they're mounted to the steering wheel rather than the steering column. With this wing, the auto won't be able to attain its estimated top speed of 336 km/h (210 mph), but will allow recording quicker lap times around a track.
On the exterior there are some obvious changes that help facilitate the ZR1's speed. GM added another four radiators to the mix to prevent overheating, and so the ZR1 has a total of 13 heat exchangers. A new carbon fiber "halo" hood rises high and is open in the center in order to clear the bigger supercharger and intercooler.
The new design package complements the Corvette ZR1's tradition of offering maximum performance with refinement and design distinction.
A low-wing pack is available to maximise the ZR1's top speed, while a two-way-adjustable high wing generates more downforce and is designed for faster lap times. If you're more about the cornering, you can option the large High Wing package that slows it down a little, but adds significant downforce for hard cornering, as well as maximizing the visual punch in the face kicked off by those signature cannon exhausts. 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. Like the C7 race vehicle, both wings are tied to the chassis for greater stability. The package also includes orange seat belts, orange contrast stitching, and bronze aluminum interior trim.
The ZR1 hasn't ditched its practical side in the pursuit of speed. The driver-focused, well-appointed cockpit includes standard leather-trimmed seats, with sueded microfiber inserts offered. 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. With a top speed of 210 miles per hour, however, it guarantees you will be the fastest production Corvette on the street come next spring.