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2019 Corvette ZR1 - The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever

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Preproduction model shown throughout. Actual production model may vary. Available Spring 2018.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 will assume the throne as the fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever. This supercar borrows underwing technology from the race car world, uses carbon fiber extensively and incorporates sophisticated aerodynamic configurations and additional cooling. Plus, the new hand-assembled LT5 small block 6.2L supercharged V8 engine boasts an incredible 755 horsepower (offered with a manual or automatic transmission). With ample luxury and capability that is otherworldly, Corvette ZR1 lives up to its reputation on the street and on the track.

“I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there’s never been one like this before,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back.”

The Corvette ZR1’s exclusive LT5 supercharged engine, which is rated at an SAE-certified 755 horsepower (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft of torque (969 Nm), is establishing a new benchmark in performance. Further, the ZR1 elevates Corvette’s track capability with two wind tunnel-honed aerodynamics packages, including an available High Wing that provides an estimated 950 pounds of downforce.

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2019 Corvette ZR1 - The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever

Preproduction model shown throughout. Actual production model may vary. Available Spring 2018.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 will assume the throne as the fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever. This supercar borrows underwing technology from the race car world, uses carbon fiber extensively and incorporates sophisticated aerodynamic configurations and additional cooling. Plus, the new hand-assembled LT5 small block 6.2L supercharged V8 engine boasts an incredible 755 horsepower (offered with a manual or automatic transmission). With ample luxury and capability that is otherworldly, Corvette ZR1 lives up to its reputation on the street and on the track.

“I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there’s never been one like this before,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back.”

The Corvette ZR1’s exclusive LT5 supercharged engine, which is rated at an SAE-certified 755 horsepower (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft of torque (969 Nm), is establishing a new benchmark in performance. Further, the ZR1 elevates Corvette’s track capability with two wind tunnel-honed aerodynamics packages, including an available High Wing that provides an estimated 950 pounds of downforce.

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The ZR1’s LT5 6.2L V8 engine advances Corvette’s supercharging legacy, which began with the 2009 sixth-generation ZR1 and continued with the 2015 seventh-generation Z06. The LT5 delivers the highest output ever for a Chevrolet production vehicle, thanks in part to a new, more-efficient intercooled supercharger system that offers 52 percent more displacement than the Z06’s LT4 supercharger. That’s due to the largest Eaton® supercharger to date which delivers a peak boost pressure of 13 psi. With high-flow efficiency 4-lobe design rotors, it maintains peak effectiveness at higher speeds.

A new 95mm bore throttle complements the larger supercharger and a GM-first dual-fuel-injection system, which employs primary direct injection and supplemental port injection, flows plenty of air into the LT5 engine. ZR1 also features a dry-sump oil system, whereby oil is pumped into the engine from a 9.8 quart-capacity tank within the engine bay, ensuring oil flow to critical areas is not affected by high g-force cornering.

Seven-speed manual and eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmissions are available with the LT5. It’s the first time an automatic transmission has been offered in a ZR1.

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The 2019 Corvette ZR1’s aggressive appearance is driven by function, contributing to its distinction as the fastest production Corvette to date.

An all-new front fascia is designed to channel air for propulsion-system and drivetrain cooling, with four new radiators bringing the heat-exchanger total to 13. A special carbon-fiber “halo” hood is open in the middle to clear the LT5 engine’s supercharger/intercooler assembly. Additional features, including aero packages with stanchion-mounted wings, help push the ZR1 harder onto the track for more confident handling and faster lap times. Top speed of the ZR1 is over 210 mph.

“As the highest-performing Corvette ever, the ZR1’s design supports its capability in every way,” said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager. “The new wings, for example, help generate more downforce without adding drag, enhancing road holding and top speed.”

“As the highest-performing Corvette ever, the ZR1’s design supports its capability in every way.” 

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The ZR1 will offer two aero packages: a standard rear Low Wing, which delivers the highest top speed and helps generate up to 70 percent more downforce than the Z06’s base aero package, and an available two-way-adjustable High Wing that offers maximum downforce on the track for the quickest lap times — about 60 percent more downforce than the Z06 with the available Z07 Performance Package. All models also feature a Chevrolet-first, downforce-enhancing front underwing.

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The adjustable High Wing is part of the new ZTK Performance Package, which also includes a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires, and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning for greater cornering grip.

Both of the ZR1’s wings are tied into the chassis, like the Corvette Racing C7.R racecar, for strength and stability.

Sebring Orange Design Package

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The Corvette ZR1 introduced November 12, 20177 also debuted a dynamic, available Sebring Orange Design Package. Centered on its Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior color, the package also includes orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching and unique, bronze aluminum interior trim.

The new design package complements the Corvette ZR1’s tradition of offering maximum performance with refinement and design distinction. The driver-focused, well-appointed cockpit includes standard leather-trimmed seats, with sueded microfiber inserts offered. Heated and vented Napa leather-trimmed seating is also available, as well as a carbon fiber-rimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats, Performance Data Recorder, Bose premium audio system and more.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 goes on sale next spring, poised to take on the world’s best.

It’s good to be the King.

For a lot more info on the new ZR1, including videos on various characteristics of the car, visit Chevrolet’s page here.

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