• 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1: The King of Corvettes is Back and Faster than Ever [News]


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    Historically, the ZR1 badge has been reserved only for the most bonkers, high-performance Corvette in the lineup. This 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 is no different. Chevy have once again taken the Corvette and added as much power and handling capability as they can into one package.

    Powertrain

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    As with most American sports cars, the engine in the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 is a huge point of focus. In this ZR1, Chevy have stuffed a 6.2L supercharged V8 that makes 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. A 7-speed manual transmission feeds that colossal power and torque to the rear wheels. However, for the first time ever, Chevy is also selling the ZR1 with an optional 8-speed automatic, if you don’t prefer a row-your-own setup.

    Aero/Chassis

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    While the engine used to be the only thing about a Corvette that was actually fast, this C7 generation has made leaps and bounds in the world of handling as well. As such, Chevy have turned that up to 11 as well. Chevy have directly addressed issues from the Z06 Corvette by adding some massive radiators, four in total, to this ZR1.

    As for aero, an adjustable High Wing is available as part of the new ZTK Performance Package. This includes a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 performance tires, and Magnetic Ride Control for a precise suspension setup. All in all, this setup can produce a total of 950 lbs of downforce. The ZR1 will definitely need that for stability as Chevy have claimed a top speed over 210 MPH.

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    GM has not announced pricing and release dates just yet. However, if I had to take a guess, I would put the starting price at no less than $100,000, if not more. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more news on the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1.

    While you wait for more info on this Halo Corvette, why not see what we think of its less powerful, but equally enjoyable sibling, the Corvette Grand Sport:


    Michael Curtis
    Michael Curtis
    Michael has always had a passion for things with four wheels and an engine. His parents often joked that his first word was "Porsche." He currently spends his time as a Communications student at CU Boulder and writes for TFL as an intern trying to learn the ways of the automotive journalist. In his spare time, he attends all the local Cars and Coffee events he can possibly make time for.

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    5 thoughts on “2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1: The King of Corvettes is Back and Faster than Ever [News]

    1. The Corvette’s chassis problems are deeper than the radiators. The dynamics are a problem.
      Strangely, the GM engineers have absolutely no problem with their own CTSV’s and Camaro’s. How can that be?
      Let’s hope GM has sorted it out with this ZR1. I am sure those wings will hope a great deal at higher speeds, just like Vipor exorcised their demons with their ACR.
      But we will watch closely for their lower speed Corvette chassis problems.
      Thing is, the mid-engined Corvette will come out soon and put this one to shame.

      1. Viper is different though, it has much more downforce I don’t think this chevy can take that much force do its at 950lbs. This will definitely be the fastest vette yet but I don’t think it will outrun the acr. Is this supposed to be the mid engine vette? Is this the new vette?

      2. No chassis problems.

        And the mid-engine Corvette is going to continue the Corvette tradition of shaming euro “super cars” at 1/3 the price.

    2. Uh, yeah. All Corvettes have very well known chassis dynamics problems (also cooling problems), but this one might have those solved, we don’t know yet.
      This is the ZR1, not the mid-engined Corvette.
      And true, the Vipor ACR does have up to 2000 lbs of downforce. And this Corvette has about 1000. But that only helps the ACR at higher speeds. The Vipor ACR has also solved its low speed problems. We will have to see if this Corvette has solved both its high speed chassis dynamics problems and low speed problems.

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