The Corvette is cemented in automotive legend, for its presence, for its crudeness, for being a muscle car that is engineered to exude dominance. The ZR1 was always the most insane version of the ‘Vette, and after a long wait, Chevrolet have unveiled the latest and 9newest one.
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful one yet, its LT5 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine now producing 755bhp and a tarmac-distorting 969Nm of torque. All of that is sent to the rear wheels only and there is a choice of transmissions – a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed paddle shift automatic. The increase in performance is thanks to a new intercooled supercharger system that now offers 52 percent more displacement than the LT4 supercharger in the Z06 Corvette. The big bump in the long bonnet with the classic gaping hood-scoop hinting indicating just how big this supercharged setup is.
But the ZR1 is not just about power, after all, it’s engineered for performance. The facelift incorporates aerodynamic elements, scoops for cooling and even a choice of massive rear wings. The standard Low Wing delivers the highest top speed of over 338 kph. The two-way adjustable High Wing is part of the ZTK Performance Package which also includes that front splitter with carbon-fibre end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning. Both wings are tied into the chassis for strength and stability, like the racing ‘Vette.
It’s got a few comforts in its driver-centric cockpit too like heated seats, leather trims, a GM infotainment system and a Bose audio system. One can also spec for carbon fibre-rimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats (definitely these ones) and a performance data recorder too.
We’re looking forward to how quick the new ZR1 will be around a track and pose a challenge to the new and mighty Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
Check out the 2019 Corvette ZR1 in the gallery below: