Romance and drama aside, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is a thing to behold. The bonnet features a new carbon-fibre "halo" design specially developed to help cool the big engine.
The V8 is paired to either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic and sends power to the rear wheels. While there has been no official confirmation from the brand it's looking increasingly likely that both the Chevrolet Camaro and next-generation Corvette will be offered locally. Equipped with a hand-built, supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the third installment of the ZR1 made 638-hp, boasted a top speed of 205 miles per hour, and included lots of carbon fiber body work, a magnesium front cradle, a unique rear axle design, carbon ceramic brakes, a magnetic ride control suspension, a 6-speed manual gearbox with a twin-disc clutch, and a launch control system to maximize acceleration.
Meet the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever built, coming to "retake its supercar crown" according to Chevrolet. The ZR1 weighs 10 pounds more than the Z06, and 171 pounds more than the previous ZR1. According to Chevrolet, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 tips the scales at 3,524 lb.
In 2015 American publication auto and Driver published spy photos of a Holden Commodore Ute that it claimed was being used as a test mule for the new mid-engine Corvette. GM added another four radiators to the mix to prevent overheating, and so the ZR1 has a total of 13 heat exchangers. And two rear wing styles are available, each tied directly to the car's chassis as in the Corvette C7.R racing auto.
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In order to hit these impressive speeds, the vehicle has been equipped with an all-new front fascia and a "downforce-enhancing front underwing".
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. You also get special chassis tuning, Magnetic Ride Control and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber.
A Sebring Orange Design Package is available, including bright "arrest-me-now" exterior paint combined with matching interior stitching and seat belts, as well as bronze aluminum interior trim.
The cockpit will boast leather and faux-suede seat upholstery. Pricing has not yet been announced, but we're expecting a base MSRP of about $130,000. "Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back".