GM reveals its 'fastest, most powerful' auto in 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Rear Three Quarter High Wing

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 takes one look at the Corvette Z06 and decides "oh no, 650 horsepower just isn't enough", then goes about redesigning the powertrain, aerodynamics, cooling, and more to deliver a lightning strike of a vehicle.

The new "King of the Hill" has a 755 hp 6.2-liter V8 sticking out of its hood, thanks to a supercharger that's over 50 percent larger than the one used by the now relatively weak-kneed 650 hp Corvette Z06. By the way, the engine also produces a massive 715 lb-ft (968 Nm) of torque. As a powertrain mechanic with seven gears or automatic eight.

With all the power comes issues of cooling, something previous Corvettes have struggled with.

Chevy hasn't revealed how quick it is, but says the ZR1 will break the 210 miles per hour barrier, which could put it within range of the $450,000 2016 miles per hour Ford GT.

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The 2019 ZR1 will go on sale from June 2018 with the base price to be around $130,000 (Rs 84.9 lakh, excluding import duty and other costs).

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It's a boutique approach that in many ways is at odds with the "supercar for the people" strategy Chevy has long taken with the Corvette in general, but it makes a lot of sense for the 2019 ZR1. Selecting the High Wing means you'll be getting the optional ZTK Performance Package, which also encompasses a front splitter benefitting from carbonfibre end plates. Perhaps the best approach to study the new engine in the 2019 C7 Corvette ZR1 is to consider what came before it.

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"I've never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there's never been one like this before", Mark Reuss, a General Motors executive vice president, resident auto guy, and unabashed Corvette enthusiast, said in a statement.

A low wing package decreases downforce in comparison, but it's with this package that the claimed 210mph top speed can be achieved. Both wings are connected to the chassis for added stability.

Sport leather-trimmed bucket seats with microfiber inserts, along with splashes of carbon fiber trim and bronze-colored accents are also fitted in the 2019 ZR1. Other add-ons available to buyers include a carbon-fibre-rimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats, a performance data recorder and a Bose premium audio system. Pricing was not announced.

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