Vehicle Preview: 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

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

The ZR1 will go on sale next spring as a 2019 model. 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.

Powered by a supercharged LT5 6.2-litre V8 that's also good for 715 lb-ft of torque, the ZR1 is capable of a claimed top speed of 338 km/h (210 mph)-the only performance metric Chevrolet has revealed about the vehicle. This is the ne plus ultra of any production auto ever badged with a bowtie. Top speed of the ZR1 is 210mph, which is a 5mph increase on the previous model. That was the first real confirmation that the ZR1 was coming and with that news came our first look at the new supercharged Corvette.

The engine is also making use of a dual-fuel-injection system (GM's first such setup) while the supercharger's displacement went up by 52% compared to the Corvette Z06's LT4 supercharger.

Here is a quick rundown of the key facts on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and it should be noted that these are all official figures - not something taken from a magazine or internet forum.

In terms of design, the ZR1 comes with a completely new front that's basically one giant air intake, as well as the wider body, and lots of optional exposed carbon bits, including the hood, the quarter panel inserts, the side rockers, the front splitter, the rear wing and the removable top. It features Active Rev Matching, which Chevrolet debuted on the current-generation Corvette. The power is channeled through the familiar Corvette seven-speed manual - or, in a first for ZR1s, an eight-speed automatic with manual-mode paddle-shifters. And to that order, the ZR1 is fitted with steamroller-spec 335-section rear tires. The packages include a standard low wing for the highest top speed whereas an optional, two-way adjustable high wing package, producing 432kg of downforce for maximum traction and acceleration on track days. 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.

Inside, the ZR1 gets leather-trimmed bucket seats, a performance data recorder and a Bose sound system as standard. 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.

The automaker didn't reveal performance numbers for the ZR1, but it has 16 percent more horsepower and 10 percent more torque versus its supercharged sibling on a vehicle that tips the scales at 3,524 pounds - identical to the Z06. The front calipers employ six pistons; the rears employ four. In line with Cars.com's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers.

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