DUBAI - The King is returning, stronger than ever. It is, needless to say, the most powerful Corvette and indeed Chevrolet production auto ever made. Optionally, customers can fit their new 2019 ZR1 with heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats, a carbon-fiber adorned steering wheel and Performance Data Recorder, among other things.
That's because the ZR1 comes with an exclusive 6.2-liter supercharged V8 LT5 engine good for a meaty 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts) at 6,300 rpm and a rocket-ship 715 pound-feet (969 Newton-meters) of maximum torque at 4,400 rpm. An Available ZTK Performance Package adds a taller, 2-way adjustable stanchion-mounted rear wing that supplies significant additional downforce without introducing aerodynamic drag.
Based on the seventh-generation Corvette coupe, the ZR1 gets a reworked front bumper with larger air inlets and a small carbon fibre winglets that help generate more grip at higher speeds. Another GM first is the car's dual fuel injection system, comprising primary direct injection as well as port injection. The 6.2L V8 can be mated to either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. This marks the first time an automatic has been offered on the coveted ZR1. As you'd expect, the system generates massive amounts of heat, so there are four separate radiators and 13 total heat-exchange units.
The engine sits underneath what Chevrolet calls a "halo hood" which features a carbon fibre two-piece bonnet bulge. Two different aero packages enhance the new ZL1 on the track, the first being the standard rear Low Wing. What's more, the model comes with two aerodynamic packages, fine-tuned in wind-tunnel testing; one includes a standard rear Low Wing that allows the new ZR1 to hit a top speed of over 210 miles per hour (338 km/h), the other an adjustable High Wing which generates around 950 pounds of downforce for the quickest lap times. Also optional is the high wing, which increases downforce by an estimated 431kg. All wings have a design similar to the Corvette Racing C7.R racecar, meaning they are integrated with the chassis for strength and stability. Meanwhile, the new Sebring Orange Design Package is all about making yourself noticed, inside and out.More news: Oscar says he would fight McGregor
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GM says that, on the racetrack, the new ZR1 is the highest-performing Vette in the nameplate's production history.
Inside the cockpit, Chevrolet threw in its best mix of materials, including leather for the seats and suede microfiber inserts.
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 goes on sale in the spring of 2018.