Chevrolet unveils all-new Corvette ZR1

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is GM's most powerful car ever

Before we get stuck into the knitty gritty of the new 'Vette, lets lay out the core figures that make this beast so impressive. In addition to its prodigious output, the ZR1 also offers two different aerodynamic packages including a high wing variant that generates 950 pounds of downforce.

General Motors has revealed a new iteration of the Corvette ZR1 that it's calling the fastest and most capable in the nameplate's history. The Low Wing may not match its downforce-happy High Wing cousin, but it still offers a claimed 70-percent more downward pressure than the base aero setup on the old Z06.

Nineteen-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels wear P285/30ZR19 front and P335/25ZR20 rear tires, with Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber.

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 isn't just the most powerful Corvette yet, but the most powerful General Motors auto ever made.

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.

The Corvette is newly redesigned inside and out, with better aerodynamics and more radiators to prevent overheating as well as a roomier cockpit, a carbon fiber steering wheel, and in some models, heated seats and a Bose audio system. Internally known as the LT5, it was first used in the fourth-generation ZR1 back in 2009. The vehicle was revealed overnight in Dubai of all places and comes with a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 good for 755 horsepower. To help with the extra boost, Chevy built a dual-fuel-injection system, which utilises direct injection for most of the heavy lifting, but supplements with extra port injectors when needed.

It needs the downforce to keep it on the road because under the bonnet is Chevrolet's new LT5 engine - a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 petrol boasting a staggering 563kW of power and 969Nm of torque.

For the first time, the ZR1 will be available with an optional eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The manual is a few ticks slower.

Now, if you like numbers, we reckon you're going to love the ZR1's weight, which DeMuro says is just 3,560 lbs (1,614 kg), nearly identical to that of a stock Z06, only the ZR1 packs considerably more power.

Braking is taken care of by some eye-popping 394mm front and 388mm rear carbon ceramic matrix discs, clamped by six-piston aluminium front and four-piston rear calipers.

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