The New ZR1 Is Chevrolet’s Fastest Corvette Ever
Though the name might not hold the prestige over here quite like it does the other side of the Atlantic, it’s hard to ignore Chevy’s latest offering. It’s been eight years in waiting but to us it looks just a bit special. Introducing the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, the US answer to the GT2 RS.
Yes, GM has turned all the dials up to eleven with the ZR1, producing the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever. Let get straight into number. The new supercharged 6.2-litre ‘LT5’ V8 engine is good for 755bhp and 715 lb-ft of torque. No, that’s not a typo. Seven hundred and fifty-five horsepower. Seriously. And that means a top speed of 210+mph.
All that extra juice from the ZR1’s new V8 is largely thanks to a 52% larger supercharger, the largest throttle bodies ever fitted, as well as an upgraded crankshaft and a dual-injection system. The ZR1’s’ front is designed to channel air for propulsion-system and drivetrain cooling, with four new radiators bringing the heat-exchanger total to thirteen.
Visually, it’s aggressive to say the least with a new front end, fender inserts, a rear wing and a removable top. You may also notice that a carbon-fibre ‘halo’ hood is open in the middle to clear the engine’s assembly.
The new Chevy will be available in various guises, including a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic option. Naturally, we’d always recommend the manual. Additional features on the exterior include aero packages with stanchion-mounted wings, which help the ZR1 push harder onto the track. There’s also a ‘Sebring Orange’ design package which comes with all sorts of bells and whistles.
Despite the frivolous use of carbon both inside and out, the new ZR1 is actually 27kgs heavier than its previous model, coming in at 1,655kg. That’s fairly hefty. Luckily, the horsepower should more than make up for it.
Inside, the racing-focused cockpit includes standard leather-trimmed seats with suede microfibre inserts, while heated and vented Napa leather-trimmed seating is also available, as well as a carbon fibre-rimmed steering wheel, a Bose premium audio system, performance data recorder, and competition sport seats.
There’s no word on price or release date for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 just yet, but keep an eye on the Chevrolet Website for more details.