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Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Chevrolet Unveils 2019 Corvette ZR1 with LT5 Supercharged Engine

Chevrolet Unveils 2019 Corvette ZR1 with LT5 Supercharged Engine

Among the available exterior colours, Orange Sebring is the new choice. An American auto manufacturer has travelled all the way to Dubai to showcase their latest offering, a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

The ZR1 offers 563kW and a stupendous 969Nm from its supercharged 6.2-litre V8, which has been designated the LT5, and comes draped in a wind tunnel-sculpted aerodynamics package. The biggest surprise, of course, is the power.

The C7 generation Corvette has reached its peak, and it's called the ZR1. Torque is also up to 715lb ft.

Its supercharger has 52 per cent more displacement than that of the Z06's LT4 engine that came before it. This is the first automatic transmission ever offered on the ZR1, but Chevrolet still recommends the manual transmission for track driving. The ZR1 tops out at a staggering 338kmph.

The engine is paired to a standard six-speed automatic transmission, with an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Basically, it predicts your next gear change and then automatically blips the throttle just before, to match the engine speed.

Unlike with the original Corvette ZR1, you can add lots of creature comforts to the 2019 version, including heated and ventilated front seats, a Bose premium audio system, and the ultimate social media bragging tool, a Performance Data Recorder.

755 horsepower is plenty to get a 3,524 pound coupe going very, very quickly in a straight line, and the 2019 Corvette ZR1 doesn't disappoint.

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. The Z06 can bust through the 0-60-mph barrier in under three seconds, so expect the ZR1 to chop several tenths off that time. But we'll get there. You want faster lap times, this is the one to go for. Do you pick the Low Wing, or the High Wing?

Unlike many cars, however, the ZR1 has two optional packs that help improve the aerodynamics of the auto.

Still, as you'd hope, that's not to say that the converse isn't true in either case.

Said "High Wing" is available via the ZR1's "Performance Package", along with an angrier front splitter, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, plus specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control damper fettling "for greater cornering grip".

But the ZR1 isn't just about grunt, the Chevrolet engineers have tuned every element of the vehicle for maximum performance. It will have more horsepower than a Lamborghini Aventador, a Ferrari 488 GTB or the exotic Ford GT.

Aside from taking the shortest hiatus in the model's history, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 continues the car's history of maximizing performance and altering its form in order to satisfy function. It goes on sale in spring 2018.

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