Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: The Beast is Back

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The King is returning, stronger than ever.

Behind those gaping air intakes and beneath that carbon fiber hood beats the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1's 755-horsepower heart.

"I've never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there's never been one like this before", said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

Even so, you likely won't be able to match the ZR1's overall performance at its price, no matter how hard you try. Further, the ZR1 elevates Corvette's track capability with two wind tunnel-honed aerodynamics packages, including an available High Wing that provides an estimated 950 pounds of downforce.

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But the ZR1 isn't just about grunt, the Chevrolet engineers have tuned every element of the vehicle for maximum performance. From the most recent leak, we already had a pretty good idea what this auto would be: basically a Z06 with a huge wing and 750 horsepower thanks to a larger throttle body, bigger supercharger, better cooling, and more potent fuel injection system.

To achieve the 755 horsepower output, Chevy engineers installed a larger blower on its 6.2-litre small block, and devised a dual fuel injection system, a first for General Motors.

The V8 is paired to either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic and sends power to the rear wheels. It's the first time an automatic transmission has been offered in a ZR1.

Meet the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever built, coming to "retake its supercar crown" according to Chevrolet. A special carbon-fiber "halo" hood is open in the middle to clear the LT5 engine's supercharger/intercooler assembly. It enables the ZR1 to generate up to 70 percent more downforce than the Z06's base aero package. Chevrolet didn't go into specifics but confirmed the model has a top speed in excess of 210 miles per hour (337 km/h).

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A low-wing pack is available to maximise the ZR1's top speed, while a two-way-adjustable high wing generates more downforce and is designed for faster lap times.

The High Wing is part of the ZTK Performance Package, which also throws in a giant front splitter with carbon fibre end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and specific tuning for the chassis and Magnetic Ride Control dampers, delivering greater cornering grip. And two rear wing styles are available, each tied directly to the car's chassis as in the Corvette C7.R racing vehicle.

The new Corvette ZR1 was revealed in Dubai and wouldn't look out of place on the Le Mans starting grid thanks to its huge racing-style rear wing.

On the other hand, if all you want to do is stand out, then by all means go for the Sebring Orange Design Package, which slathers the hue on the brake callipers, sill and splitter accent stripes, seat belts and interior stitching, on top of the Sebring Orange Tintcoat paint and bronze aluminium interior trim.

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