The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Has Come to Kill Many Things

The fastest car General Motors has ever built has an appetite for expensive metal.

Corvettes have long been capable of devouring cars worth double or even triple the cost– it’s part of what the brand legacy was built on–but the 2019 ZR1 is different. It has more power than anything ever built by GM, it’s better at racecaring than streetcars should be allowed, and it’s packed with cutting-edge track tech.

The reincarnated Blue Devil uses a new and exclusive 6.2-liter LT5 supercharged V8 which is officially rated for 755 horsepower with a further 715 lb-ft of torque. The new engine is based on the Z06’s LT4 and offers 13 heat exchangers, a new supercharger forcing 52-percent more air into the cylinders and GM’s first dual-fuel-injection system which makes use of both direct and port injection.

Cars will be available with either a seven-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission, the first time an automatic has been offered in a ZR1. GM says automatic versions will probably pull down 23 miles-per-gallon on the highway.

Suspending the operation is a ZR1 specific version of GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, which uses aluminum upper and lower control arms and Corvette famous transverse-mounted composite leaf springs both front and back. Speed is scrubbed using two-piece carbon ceramic-matrix rotors which are stamped by six-piston front calipers and four-piston rears.

The other half of the ZR1’s officially obscene track capabilities is wind tunnel-honed aerodynamics package. Shoppers will be offered a choice of two: the Low Wing will come standard and provides 70 percent more downforce than the Z06’s aero work and unlocks the ZR1’s highest speed. The optional high High Wing generates an estimated 950 pounds of downforce on the rear structure for maximum track attack–or country club intimidation. Regardless of rear wing choice, all cars will feature Chevy’s first ever front underwing.

The High Wing comes as part of the ZTK Performance Package, which adds a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires, and specific chassis and suspension tuning.

Shoppers can also opt for the new Sebring Orange Design Package which sees the car slathered in Sebring Orange Tintcoat paint, along with numerous orange accent bits like brake calipers, seat belts, interior stitching, bronzed aluminum trim, plus rocker and splitter accent stripes.

All cars will get leather-trimmed buckets with optional suede microfiber inserts. Heated and vented Napa leather seats or competition sports buckets are also available.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 goes on sale next spring, and when it does, there’s going to be a flood of tears, some sweet with exuberation but most will likly be salty with rage.

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