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Meet Chevy's 2019 Corvette ZR1, the fastest Corvette ever made

14 November 2017
Meet Chevy's 2019 Corvette ZR1, the fastest Corvette ever made

"I've never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there's never been one like this before", GM product chief Mark Reuss 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.

Chevrolet's 2019 Corvette ZR1, which was to debut Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Dubai International Motor Show, features an exclusive 6.2-liter supercharged LT5 engine capable of 755 hp and 715 pound-feet of torque and a top speed of more than 210 miles per hour - making it the fastest production Corvette ever.

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 comes as close as ever to giving foreign supercar brands like Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini a real run for the money - and, indeed, at $130,000, this 755 horsepower King Kong Corvette is a veritable bargain. The LT5 also has a new dual-fuel-injection system, a first not only for Chevy but all of GM.

In the meantime, the new ZR1 is unlikely to be converted to right-hand drive and offered in Australia.

Like the ZR1 Corvettes that have come before, this will be a swansong model for the current generation of Corvette - which has been on sale since 2013.

An all-new front fascia is created to channel air for propulsion-system and drivetrain cooling, with four new radiators bringing the heat-exchanger total to 13.

The hood is made from lightweight carbon fiber and features an open "halo" design that shows the V8's supercharger/ intercooler assembly.

Chevy claims that after benchmarking a few sports cars with active wings, they came to the conclusion that those serve more of an aesthetic objective than anything else, creating the least drag and the most downforce at their fully extended form. The former will deliver better top speed while the latter will generate maximum downforce for quicker lap times according to Chevrolet.

A low wing package decreases downforce in comparison, but it's with this package that the claimed 210mph top speed can be achieved. It's powered by a supercharged V8 that pushes out more than 760 PS with almost 970 Nm of torque and also comes with a unique aerokit that keeps it firmly on the ground.

Along with aero bits, the ZTK Performance Pack brings Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, and a special chassis and suspension tune. Both wings are connected directly to the chassis - just like C7.R racecar - for extra strength and stability.

A new Sebring Orange Design Package will make it virtually impossible to ignore the new Corvette ZR1.

In addition, a Sebring Orange Design Package is available which includes orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching and bronze-aluminium interior trim.

The cabin is decked out with leather seats featuring sueded microfibre inserts, with an option to add seat heating and ventilation.

Inside, the ZR1 also adds some more elegant touches to the familiar C7 cabin, including carbon fiber trim and either competition sports seats or Napa leather heated and cooled seats.