Chevrolet unveils most powerful, fastest Corvette in history

Chevrolet unveils most powerful, fastest Corvette in history

Chevrolet says the new Corvette ZR1 goes on sale in spring of 2018. Not quite Dodge Demon numbers, but this beast isn't designed primarily for the drag strip.

The LT5 is an impressive and versatile piece of engineering, and Chevy had reason to be proud of what it delivered with the Z06, but it is seriously upping its game for the ZR1. It's a 6.2-litre Eaton-supercharged cast-aluminium V8. You'll get a great soundtrack as it does that, too, courtesy of a brand new exhaust system. In addition, the powertrain also gets an upgraded crankshaft, dry sump lubrication, and a new 4-inch throttle body. The front fascia's design is more than cosmetic; it's created to channel air to four new radiators, bringing the total number of heat exchangers to 13 on the auto.

This also marks the first time the ZR1 has been offered with an automatic transmission, specifically an eight-speed offered as an option to the standard seven-speed manual. There's that massive new wing, for one thing.

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. It generates a maximum 950 pounds of downforce.

Two rear wing designs are available for the 2019 Corvette ZR1, each tied directly to the chassis just like with the Corvette C7.R racing vehicle. All models also feature a Chevrolet-first, downforce-enhancing front underwing.




The carbon-fiber hood has a raised center with openings to clear enough room for the engine. The nose of the ZR1, meanwhile, has been heavily redesigned to provide additional airflow for the engine and cooling systems. The kit also brings bespoke tuning of the chassis and Magnetic Ride Control, along with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tyres.

On the other hand, if all you want to do is stand out, then by all means go for the Sebring Orange Design Package, which slathers the hue on the brake callipers, sill and splitter accent stripes, seat belts and interior stitching, on top of the Sebring Orange Tintcoat paint and bronze aluminium interior trim. Meanwhile, the new Sebring Orange Design Package is all about making yourself noticed, inside and out. However, they are attached to the steering wheel instead of the steering column. For the track, there's a Performance Data Recorder. That's because the follow up to the already insane Z06 will boast a lot more. And for good reason.

Yet, it's not only the engine that has many car-enthusiasts excited about the new Corvette.

Interestingly, Chev has decided against revealing the ZR1's 0-100km/h acceleration times. Why?

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