Local Chevrolet Enthusiast Buys Corvette ZR1

The most gonzo of all current Corvettes, the ZR1, packs a 755 horsepower wallop from its supercharged LT5. Chevrolet, as it has in the past with other notable versions of popular models, offered up the first retail copy to the highest bidder at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale.

Rick Hendrick, who is reported to already own a couple of Chevys, ponied up the cash and won the auction despite not even being in the room.

Mr. Hendrick is no stranger to Barrett-Jackson, having been a fixture in the front row of bidders for years. In the past, he’s taken home plenty of exclusive metal, including the first retail Camaro ZL1 1LE not that long ago. This time, he submitted his winning bid not with a bidder’s paddle or the wave of a hand, but by telephone.

For the privilege of parking this ZR1 in his garage, the dealership and racing mogul dented his vast savings account to the tune of nearly one million dollars. Proceeds went to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which helps wounded veterans via the Building for America’s Bravest program.

With the macho LT5, generous deployment of carbon fiber, and various aerodynamic addenda, the 2019 ZR1 is expected to be the fastest Corvette ever to roll out of a GM factory. We already know it is the most powerful. The 755 hp number grabs the headlines but torque, peaking north of 700 lb-ft, will be the main event with over 600 lb-ft of it on tap from 2200 rpm right up to the redline. Top speed is an estimated 212 mph.

That sky-high rear wing is not standard equipment, rather a part of the oddly named ZTK Performance Package. It adds the high rear wing and carbon fiber end caps to the front splitter for increased downforce, as well as Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires, a stiffer chassis, and specific Magnetic Ride Control tuning.

The new ZR1 will appear sometime this spring with a starting price just south of $120,000. Not designed solely as a stripped-out race car, the 3ZR trim level adds heated and vented leather seats, a leather-wrapped wheel with carbon-fiber rim, the Performance Data Recorder, and a Bose sound system. Extroverts can select a convertible version.