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With the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, Chevy builds the best 'Vette yet

First Look: With the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, Chevy builds the best 'Vette yet Here Is Your First Look at the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Carlton Santiago | 14 November, 2017, 00:39

American muscle comes in many shapes and forms, but none are as savage as this - the new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The standard rear wing generates a purported 70 percent more downforce than the Z06's standard aerodynamics package; equipped as such, the ZR1 can exceed 210 miles per hour, GM says. How does 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque strike you?

That power gets to the rear wheels through a seven-speed manual transmission or, in another ZR1 first, an eight-speed automatic.

Unlike the previous model ZR1, the engine is no longer hand-built, but Chevrolet insists the modifications made to the engine are substantial enough to warrant a new LT5 engine code.

"I've never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there's never been one like this before", Mark Reuss, a General Motors executive vice president, resident auto guy, and unabashed Corvette enthusiast, said in a statement.

Even so, you likely won't be able to match the ZR1's overall performance at its price, no matter how hard you try.

The other aero package is creatively called "Low Wing", and is what you'll want if you're a sucker for the drag strip. Not to forget the the suspension, which has been tuned specifically for the package, and pairs with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for added grip. And two rear wing styles are available, each tied directly to the car's chassis as in the Corvette C7.R racing vehicle.

Using the current Z06 as a base, Chevrolet has upgraded the 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine from 641bhp to 744bhp through the use of a new supercharger with 52 per cent more displacement than the Z06's.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is nothing short of an aerodynamic masterpiece. There are four new radiators for a total of 13 heat exchangers, while the carbon fiber "halo" hood provides an opening for the supercharger and intercooler assembly. The engine also features GM's first application of the "dual-fuel-injection system", which employs direct injection (primary) and port injection (secondary).

The Corvette ZR1 introduced today also debuted a dynamic, available Sebring Orange Design Package.

The new design package complements the Corvette ZR1's tradition of offering maximum performance with refinement and design distinction.

As standard the interior of the vehicle gets heated and cooled Nappa leather seats, a carbon fibre rimmed steering wheel and a Bose premium sound system.

A new Sebring Orange Design package is also available that features a Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior color, orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching and unique, bronze aluminum interior trim.

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