2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is a 755-horsepower American monster
It’s been a few years since we’ve had a top-tier Corvette to put the hurt on cars hundreds of thousands more expensive. But in 2019, Corvette fans will have a new ZR1 to play with. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette makes 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque.
The ZR1 makes all that power thanks to a supercharger that is 52-percent larger than the Z06’s LT4. The ZR1’s LT5 is still a pushrod V-8 engine, sporting GM’s first dual-injection system and the largest throttle body of any GM vehicle at 95 millimeters. The ZR1 comes with a seven-speed manual transmission with rev-matching. GM’s eight-speed automatic is also available.
But all that power is only useful if it can make it to the ground. The 2019 ZR1 wears some serious aerodynamic bits. The massive wing at the rear, which two different styles are available, is fixed, giving the ZR1 an estimated 950 pounds of downforce near the car’s top speed, which is said to be more than 210 miles per hour if customers stick with the standard wing.
Chevy understands some may be worried about overheating issues, which have plagued some Z06 models. The 2019 ZR1 has 13 heat-exchanges, which is three more than the Bugatti Veyron, to keep things running cool on the road and at the track.
The design of the 2019 Chevy is all business. There’s that massive wing at the rear, a front that is basically a giant air intake, tons of carbon bits and a wider body. Inside, it’s all about function, but there’s plenty of optional luxury to add.
Orders for the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 start next spring. Price is expected north of $100,000.