Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Science | By Nancy Frank

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

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

Confirming (exceeding, actually) rumors that broke last week, Chevrolet parent company GM proclaimed Sunday that the chieftain of Corvettes would return for 2019 packing 755 horsepower and 715 pounds-feet of torque courtesy of a supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V-8. To help cool the whole system down, previously a cause of reliability issues in the Z06, the ZR1 has gained a further four radiators, bringing the total to a Veyron beating 13, giving you some idea of how highly strung the V8 is in this state of tune.

GM revealed the auto at a studio sound stage on Sunday, and it will be featured at the Dubai Motor Show on Tuesday where it will be shown with many other six- and seven-figure luxury vehicles. It gives the ZR1 an estimated 950 lbs. of downforce near its top speed.

This is what you want to know: 755 horsepower, 715 lb. -ft. of torque, top speed of over 210 miles per hour, according to General Motors.

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The ZR1 is available with either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, equipped with paddle shifters, marking the first time an automatic has been offered in the ZR1.

"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, GM's executive vice president of product development, purchasing and supply chain, said in the release. Optionally, customers can fit their new 2019 ZR1 with heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats, a carbon-fiber adorned steering wheel and Performance Data Recorder, among other things. And two rear wing styles are available, each tied directly to the car's chassis as in the Corvette C7.R racing vehicle.

The LT5 boasts a massive 105 hp and 65 lb-ft advantage over the Corvette Z06's LT4 thanks to what Chevrolet calls a more efficient intercooled supercharger with 52 percent more displacement and the brand's first-ever dual fuel-injection system, which combines direction injection with port injection.

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That bigger supercharger meant a taller engine altogether, one that wouldn't clear the hood; so, while the center carbon-fibre section looks like one piece, it's actually separate, with the intercooler on top poking through, in a sort of retro "shaker hood" style.

If lairy bits of aero and a supercharger assembly appearing to punch through the bonnet isn't enough for you in terms of visual aggression, you might be interested in the Sebring Orange Design Package. Pricing was not announced.

On Sunday in Dubai, Chevy pulled the cover off the newest, baddest 'Vette: the ZR1.

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The ZR1's leather seats have available microfiber inserts.

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