Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 returns for 2019 with 755 HP

Cesar Mills
November 14, 2017

Chevrolet unveiled the highly anticipated production vehicle, which is set to be released in 2019.

As the fourth ZR1 in Corvette history, the 2019 version is equipped with a direct- and port-injected, supercharged, 6.2-liter V8 engine, appropriately named the LT5. And for the first time, the ZR1 will be offered with an automatic transmission, though a seven-speed manual is still available. The first one allows for the highest top speed possible, the ZR1 reaching more than 210 miles per hour (338 kph) - and even featuring the base aero tweaks, this option still has up to 70 percent more downforce than the Z06. Because of the American supercar's ability to hit such an insane speed, Chevrolet engineers have created two new aero packages to help with downforce.

Two aero packages will be available for the all-new ZR1; the standard Low Wing and the two-way adjustable High Wing.

Want one? The 2019 ZR1 will go on sale in spring next year.

Confirming (exceeding, actually) rumors that broke last week, Chevrolet parent company GM proclaimed Sunday that the chieftain of Corvettes would return for 2019 packing 755 horsepower and 715 pounds-feet of torque courtesy of a supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V-8. All wings have a design similar to the Corvette Racing C7.R racecar, meaning they are integrated with the chassis for strength and stability.

That high wing comes as part of a ZTK performance package that also brings a front splitter with carbon fibre end caps, Michelin Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires, and specific tuning for the chassis and Magnetic Ride Control suspension system to boost cornering grip. The Z06 can bust through the 0-60-mph barrier in under three seconds, so expect the ZR1 to chop several tenths off that time.

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755 horsepower is plenty to get a 3,524 pound coupe going very, very quickly in a straight line, and the 2019 Corvette ZR1 doesn't disappoint. Apparently, GM put a lot of effort into coming up with the C6 ZR1's transparent hood window, only to find that some customers thought it looked like a cheap piece of plastic.

Despite its extreme performance abilities, the ZR1 will be available with some luxury features such as a premium audio system and heated-and-cooled leather seats. Aside from giving it a very noticeable Sebring Orange hue, it also paints the brake calipers, rocker and splitter accents, seat belts and interior contrast stitching with the brightly-colored hue.

Two rear wing designs are available for the 2019 Corvette ZR1, each tied directly to the chassis just like with the Corvette C7.R racing vehicle.

The auto is undeniably cool, even when it's parked, but will surely look even better when it hits the street and track next spring at a price that hasn't been announced, but will likely be north of the $112,000 the last ZR1 went for in 2012.

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

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