A Car God’s Blessing - The 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 is Finally Here
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While you were not paying attention this weekend, the car God’s were busy blessing us with the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 – quite literally the most powerful production model Chevy as ever introduced. Powered by a 6.2-liter, LT5, V-8, this force-fed monster delivers a butthole-puckering 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, 105 ponies and 65 pound-feet more than the C7-gen Z06 – the most powerful and quickest Vette, well, until now, anyway. Chevy hasn’t gone into full performance details yet, but the new ZR1 can surpass 210 mph on the track. And, with the Z06 hitting the 60-mph sprint in 2.95 seconds, you can bet this beast does it in closer to 2.6 seconds. To help keep all of the muscle under control, the ZR1 is available with two aero packages, including a High Wing that can deliver as much as 950 pounds of downforce at speed.
It’s the most powerful and fastest, and it’s also the best-looking too. There’s an all-new front fascia that has extra air channels to help keep things cool as well as four new radiators for a total of 13 heat exchangers and hopefully a solution for that questionable overheating problem Chevy has had in the past. A new, excessively aggressive hood has been added to the ZR1 and was actually a necessity thanks to that massive supercharger that force feeds air into the intake. There’s also stanchion-mounted wings available that will help keep the monster pinned to the track. So, ready to learn a little more? Check out all of the specs we have so far, and some more details about the ZR1’s crazy aerodynamics…
- 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1
- Exclusive LT5, Supercharged, V-8 Engine
- 755 HP @ 6,300 rpm and 715 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
- 7-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission
- 70% more downforce than base Z06
- 60% more downforce than Z06 w/ Z07 Perf Package
- Supercharger pushes 52% more displacement than on LT4
- Four Extra Radiators
- Low Wing as standard for high-speed
- High Wing as standard for extra downforce
- 19-inch wheels up front, 20-inch in back
- Crazy Aerodynamics
- Special Hood to accommodate supercharger
- Performance data recorder, leather-trimmed seats; driver-focused cabin
That Low Wing helps to deliver an insane amount of downforce, so much so, in fact, that it’s 70 percent more downforce than that of the base aero package on the Corvette Z06
The ZR1 may have a lot of muscle under the hood, but as you know, all of the muscle in the world doesn’t make a whole lot of difference if you don’t have stamina as well. In this case, stamina is how well the ZR1 can stick to the track. And, it’s one sticky beast, if I do say so myself. Let me break it to you this way; the standard aerodynamic package, which is designed for hitting top speed (again more than 210 mph,) comes with a Low Wing. That Low Wing, my friends, helps to deliver an insane amount of downforce, so much so, in fact, that it’s 70 percent more downforce than that of the base aero package on the Corvette Z06. Go with that adjustable High-Wing that I mentioned earlier and the ZR1 will be stuck to the track with 60 percent more downforce than that of the Corvette Z07 with the Performance Package. The front underwing is also an assist in this department, but it’s really only important because it’s a first for Chevy, but we’ll talk about that more later.
Like the Corvette Racing C7.R racecar, the ZR1’s wings are tied directly into the chassis, providing the utmost strength, stability, and durability in the long run. Even though Chevy hasn’t dropped all of the details on the optional aero packages, we know that the ZTK Performance Package – the one that includes that adjustable High Wing – also comes with a new front splitter with carbon fiber end caps, Specific tuning for the Magnetic Ride Control and Chassis (with a bias for corning grip,) and a fresh set of Michelin Pilot Sport 2 summer-only tires.
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All About That Interior
The interior comes standard with leather-trimmed seats while sueded microfiber inserts are on the options list
Inside the ZR1 is where you really want to be. Since the ZR1 is the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever, it also has to be the most comfortable, right? Well, as with all Vettes, the interior is driver-focused. It comes standard with leather-trimmed seats while sueded microfiber inserts are on the options list if you want to indulge a bit. Want to splurge even more? Well, you can go for the Napa leather-trimmed seating, and there’s even a carbon fiber rimmed steering wheel to go with competition sport seats. Of course, you can get your hands on a performance data recorder, and the options list wouldn’t be complete without the choice of a Bose audio system, right? There’s still plenty more details to come in the months leading up the day the ZR1 rolls into dealers, but we still have a little more to talk about thanks to that nice little surprise package that Chevy showed off during the debut…
Sebring Orange Design Package
If you were paying attention this weekend and caught the ZR1’s debut, then you know that the model we saw was a very special model. It was equipped with Chevys new Sebring Orange Design Package. Of course, the most obvious addition from this package is the Orange Tintcoat exterior paint. Other orange items include the brake calipers and the accents on the side skirts and splitter. Inside, the car gets the orange treatment applied to the seat belts, while all of the stitching is orange as well. Finally bonze aluminum trim ties the whole interior package together.
Time is of the Essence
So, the fastest and most powerful Corvette to ever roll into production was just announced with a market debut expected to happen next spring. Between now and then, we’ll get even more details about standard equipment, options, and performance figures. But, to help hold you over, here’s a breakdown of all the specifications that we know about as of now, and you’ll be able to see our fully updated review of the ZR1 within 24 hours of this publication. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 - Drivetrain Specifications
|Type:||LT5 6.2L Supercharged V-8 with direct and port injection|
|Bore & stroke (in / mm)||4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92|
|Block material:||Cast aluminum|
|Cylinder head material:||Cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain:||Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder|
|Fuel delivery:||Direct and port injection|
|Horsepower||755 HP @ 6,300 RPM (SAE certified)|
|Torque||715 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM (SAE certified)|
|Transmission||7-speed manual with Active Rev Match |
8-speed paddle-shaft automatic
|Fuel economy city/highway||15/22 mpg (manual) |
13/23 mpg (automatic)
|Front Suspension:||Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, Magnetic Selective Ride Control|
|Rear Suspension:||Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, Magnetic Selective Ride Control|
|Steering Type:||Variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist|
|Turning Circle (ft. / m):||39.2 / 11.6|
|Brake Type:||Front and rear power-assisted discs with two-piece carbon ceramic matrix rotors; fixed six-piston aluminum front calipers and fixed four-piston aluminum rear calipers|
|Brake Rotor Size (in / mm):||Front –15.5 / 394 |
Rear –15.3 / 388
|Wheel Size:||Front: 19-inch x 10.5-inch |
Rear: 20-inch x 12-inch
|Tire Size:||Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat (std.) |
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (ZTK)
|Overall Length (Inches)||176.9|
|Overall Width (Inches)||77.4|
|Overall Height (Inches)||48.6|
|Track front/rear (Inches)||63.6/62.5|
|Shoulder Room (Inches)||55|
|Hip Room (Inches)||54|
|Curb Weight (Lbs)||3,524|
|EPA passenger volume (cu. ft. ):||52|
|Cargo volume (cu. ft.):||15|
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