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

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

A pre-bailout Chevrolet just revealed their fastest production car-the Corvette ZR1.

And to look the part, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 gets a front splitter finished with carbon fiber end caps.

"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. We've just driven the vehicle and can confirm it is better in nearly every way compared to the outgoing model. The LT5 supercharged engine will be hand-built. But Chevrolet has nothing to apologize for when it comes to what chief designer Tom Peters is calling "a lovely beast".

MSRP has not been announced for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, but it is expected to arrive in dealerships this spring.

If track times are more important you can option the ZTK Performance Package that brings a range of more high performance extras. Not quite Dodge Demon numbers, but this beast isn't designed primarily for the drag strip.

The top speed, Chevy says, is 210 miles per hour. To get these insane numbers, Chevrolet had to bring in a completely new supercharger that offers 52-percent more displacement than that of the old Z06 LT4. These days, you can't think about acceleration without worrying about fuel economy and emissions. It has 13 heat exchangers in total thanks to the addition of four radiators, an opening in the carbonfibre bonnet that the entire supercharger/intercooler assembly pokes through, and a completely new design for the front fascia to make sure enough air is channelled through to that LT5 V8.

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To get all the horsepower to the wheels an electronic-differential is present and correct, while ZR1 Fans can opt for a eight-speed automatic transmission or a rev-matching seven-speed manual gearbox. There's that massive new wing, for one thing. However, the peak horsepower is at 6,300 rpm, being 100 rpm lower compared to the 650-hp Corvette Z06.

950 - The ZR1's optional fixed rear wing generates 950 pounds of downforce at the track, according to Chevy.

Both of the rear wings are tied directly into the car's chassis, as on the C7.R race auto, for the best possible strength and stability. All models also feature a Chevrolet-first, downforce-enhancing front underwing. A new carbon fiber "halo" hood rises high and is open in the center in order to clear the bigger supercharger and intercooler.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1's front end is created to channel maximum air for propulsion-system and drivetrain cooling. It relies on a continuously variable damping technology based on magnetorheological fluids, a system so precise and solid even Ferrari is now using it. Not to forget the the suspension, which has been tuned specifically for the package, and pairs with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for added grip.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is shown here in two color, including Sebring Orange, a package featuring an orange theme throughout. However, they are attached to the steering wheel instead of the steering column.


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