After being leaked ahead of its scheduled debut by Car & Driver last week, Chevrolet has officially revealed their fastest, most powerful Corvette to date, the 2019 ZR1. It's powered by a supercharged V8 that pushes out more than 760 PS with nearly 970 Nm of torque and also comes with a unique aerokit that keeps it firmly on the ground.
“I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there’s never been one like this before. Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president for Global Product Development at Chevrolet.
Beginning with the ZR1's exterior, Chevrolet modified the front fascia to allow more air to cool the powertrain. The bow-tie brand even installed four more radiators under the hood to keep the engine at optimal temperatures.
The hood is made from lightweight carbon fiber and features an open 'halo' design that shows the V8's supercharger/ intercooler assembly. Also present are chin spoilers on the front bumper, a prominent diffuser placed at the rear bumper and fender-mounted wings that Chevrolet claim will generate more downforce without creating drag.
Two aero packages will be available for the all-new ZR1; the standard Low Wing and the two-way adjustable High Wing. The former will deliver better top speed while the latter will generate maximum downforce for quicker lap times according to Chevrolet. Rounding up the other features of the 2019 ZR1 are the gloss-black five-spoke alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, carbon ceramic disc brakes all around and the Magnetic Ride Control that delivers sharper handling.
For the first time, the ZR1 will be available with an optional eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The seven-speed manual will still be offered as standard equipment. Sport leather-trimmed bucket seats with microfiber inserts, along with splashes of carbon fiber trim and bronze-colored accents are also fitted in the 2019 ZR1. Additional extras available include a Bose audio system, performance data recorder, and heated and vented Nappa-leather trimmed seats.
Under the hood lives the supercharged 6.2-liter V8. Internally known as the LT5, it was first used in the fourth-generation ZR1 back in 2009. For its application in the fifth-gen model, it gets General Motors' (GM) first application of a dual-injection system which features both direction injection and supplemental port injection. Meanwhile, the supercharger is all-new and benefits from an intercooler for added performance. The result is 765 PS and 969 Nm of torque.
As an added bonus, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 can be specified with the optional Sebring Orange Design Package. Aside from giving it a very noticeable Sebring Orange hue, it also paints the brake calipers, rocker and splitter accents, seat belts and interior contrast stitching with the brightly-colored hue.