The Corvette ZR1 is Road & Track’s Performance Car of the Year

The results of Road & Tracks annual Performance Car of the Year (PCOTY) competition are in and the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has come out on top.

The ZR1 had stiff competition this year. Everything from the million dollar hypercar (McLaren Senna) to the European supercar (Ferrari 488 Pista, Porsche 911 GT2 RS), to the upwardly-mobile uber sedan (BMW M5, Audi RS5) to the ultra practical and uber powerful (Mercedes-AMG E63 wagon) to the “oh, okay, I guess” (Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio). And the ZR1 beat them all.

The Vette earned points for being exactly what it’s always been: a performance bargain. Despite costing $122,000, the car handily competes with cars that cost twice as much, like the Porsche and the Ferrari. And while it can’t quite hang with the Senna on track, it has considerably more than one-tenth of its performance.

But it continues to be what it’s always been in more ways than one: by offering old-school enthusiast favorites like a manual transmission, funneling its power to the back wheels, and remaining usable on real roads.

Ultimately, though, it won because everyone loved it.

“The Corvette ZR1 won because it brought out the wide-eyed enthusiast in all of us—IndyCar pros, club racers, and jaded journalists alike,” writes R&T. “Everyone wanted more time in the ZR1. Every aspect of the ZR1, from the rib-cage-vibrating engine note to the adjustable traction control, strikes a chord.”

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