The 2019 ZR1 Corvette Is Here And It Looks Like An Absolute Nightmare
The Corvette ZR1 is one of those cars that everyone latched onto upon its re-release in 2009. It stomped everything on the market, starting a revolution that brought on blisteringly fast American made cars. It elevated the bar for every manufacturer, and it has finally been updated for the C7 chassis.
With the launch event held at the Dubai Auto Show, the new 2019 Corvette ZR1 looks spectacular. Until now the C7 chassis has been deprived of the infamous ZR1 package, resulting in somewhat lackluster performance from the American icon. Don’t get me wrong, the Z06 is by no means a slouch. If anything it is just as good as the old ZR1, which is saying a lot. But the fact of the matter is that the world is evolving. With Porsche coming out with a new GT2 RS and Mercedes dropping the ferocious AMG GTR, Chevrolet had some serious work ahead of them.
Chevrolet’s answer to this new predicament? A seven-hundred and fifty-five horsepower monster called the 2019 ZR1. This makes the ZR1 the most powerful Corvette to date, with the power coming from an all-new and quite impressive 6.2-liter V8. The LT5 is equipped with the same roots style supercharger, helping leverage the mighty small block to its horsepower potential, while also bumping torque up to an impressive 715lb-ft of torque. The ZR1 isn’t just a butt load more power without any new tech either. Unlike the past ZR1, the monster Vette comes with two transmissions options, finally offering a paddle shift automatic.
The transmission options are either a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic. Chevrolet claims the manual is still for your track day warriors, stating that it is more ‘robust’. Even still, the 8-speed automatic will be quite interesting to see in action around the Nurburgring. Chevy managed to pack all of this performance into a package that weighs just 3,560lbs, a mere 36lbs heavier than the Z06. That still makes the ZR1 quite heavy for its class though, outweighing the GT2 RS by 500lbs. However, what you do get is an aerodynamic package that can rival most GTM cars, and a respectable 0-60 time of just 2.7-seconds.
With a design clearly aimed at the fastest track times, the ZR1 offers two separate packages offering different levels of aerodynamics. The standard ‘Low Wing’ is a meant for your high-speed endeavors, offering 70% more downforce over the Z06 while still being capable of hitting 210mph. The optional ZTK Performance Pack takes things up a notch, offering an absurd amount of downforce. Thanks to the addition of a front splitter as well as a new ‘High Wing’ the ZTK package gives the ZR1 950lbs of downforce at full clip.
And it doesn’t stop there. The ZTK package also includes Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, a retuned magnetic ride control, as well as various chassis modifications that Chevrolet has yet to elaborate on. They even included what is called the ‘Front Underwing,’ a downforce element stolen right from the C7.R race car. They even tossed in 5 addition radiators to the stock Z06, providing adequate cooling for that firebreathing engine. They also have what is called ‘Dual Fuel Injection’, a revolution that combines fuel rail and direct injection together. Sounds like throttle response heaven.
On top of all the go fast goodies you of course are set with a glamorous interior full of rich Napa leather and carbon fiber trimmings. It even has a full Performance Data Recorder for those times you do find yourself on track. More than that the interior is beautifully laid out, easily becoming the best looking Corvette interior to date. If you are feeling extra ‘loud’ you can get the ZR1 in the ‘Sebring Orange Design Pack,’ coating the exterior in paint of the same name. Inside the Sebring pack, you get orange seatbelts, orange seat stitched racing seats and some beautiful bronze aluminum interior trim.
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is set to go on sale next spring, with prices being announced around that time frame. It will likely come in around the $120,000 price point, making it one hell of a performance bargain.