Confirming (exceeding, actually) rumors that broke last week, Chevrolet parent company GM proclaimed Sunday that the chieftain of Corvettes would return for 2019 packing 755 horsepower and 715 pounds-feet of torque courtesy of a supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V-8. Top speed, interestingly enough, is over 210 miles per hour - but it's not just the engine that makes that happen.
Earning it that title is a new V8 engine for the vehicle that weighs in a 6.2 litres and spits out 755hp and a hefty 715 lb-ft of torque, all of which helps propel the 2019 ZR1 to over 201mph according to Chevy. This is also thanks to an eight speed automatic gearbox, which can also be manually shifted via paddles on the back of the steering wheel.
"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.
This new supercar will also come with the optional high wing, which Chevy says will create an estimated 950 pounds of downforce when in use. But for track enthusiasts, a "High Wing" option is available, which plonks a larger two-way adjustable wing on the car's back, giving it extra downforce to keep it pressed into a track - likely something cooked up during its extensive testing on the Nurburgring. All wings have a design similar to the Corvette Racing C7.R racecar, meaning they are integrated with the chassis for strength and stability.
The carbon-fiber hood has a raised center with openings to clear enough room for the engine.
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. Tough luck. Pricing will be announced closer to the ZR1 going on sale next spring.
The pack leader is finally here, launched in Sebring Orange to make sure you notice all the significant upgrades that no doubt make it the fastest street auto GM has ever made.
Also available for the new Corvette ZR1 is the Sebring Orange Design Package.
Speaking of the interior, the ZR1 comes as standard with leather-trimmed seats, and can be specified with sueded microfibre inserts or even Napa leather upholstery together with heating with ventilation.
A new Sebring Orange Design package is also available that features a Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior color, orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching and unique, bronze aluminum interior trim.
The C7 generation Corvette has reached its peak, and it's called the ZR1.
It's good to be the King.