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Chevrolet reveals 563kW Corvette ZR1

13 November 2017

The carbon cover of the supercharger pokes through a "halo" hole in the hood to establish dominance over the rest of the Corvette line, and with four more radiators than the previous model, there's now a whopping 13 heat exchangers in the engine bay.

Chevrolet today introduced the 2019 Corvette ZR1, a supercar that pushes Corvette's performance legacy with the highest power, greatest track performance and most advanced technology in its production history. The latter is a first-ever on a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

We have been waiting for months to see what GM had up its sleeve for the ultimate Corvette that would receive the ZR1 moniker, and we finally got a good look at it when a Road & Track cover accidentally revealed a few images and details of the auto. Sending this cavalry to the rear wheels will be a seven-speed manual gearbox with rev matching, or an eight-speed automatic with wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The vehicle will also be available with a Sebring Orange Design Package. ZR1 buyers will be able to choose between two different aero packages that each offer different advantages. According to Chevrolet, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 tips the scales at 3,524 lb. Powered by a supercharged LS9 engine, it made 638 horsepower with a top speed of just 205 miles per hour.

Two different aerodynamic styling packages will be available and the standard "Low Wing" variant is created to deliver the highest top speed. 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. The hallowed three-letter moniker returns packing more aero, greater performance and, of course, heaps of extra power to go around. The package also includes a front bumper air splitter with carbon fibre end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires as well as specific chassis and suspension tuning.

Both of the ZR1's wings are tied into the chassis, like the Corvette Racing C7.R racecar, for strength and stability.

Two rear wing designs are available for the 2019 Corvette ZR1, each tied directly to the chassis just like with the Corvette C7.R racing vehicle. Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flats are also standard, sized P285/30ZR19 in front and P335/25ZR20 in back.

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. Centered on its Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior color, the package also includes orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching and unique, bronze aluminum interior trim.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is set to go on sale next spring. Pricing has not yet been announced but expect a six-digit figure. Optionally, customers can fit their new 2019 ZR1 with heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats, a carbon-fiber adorned steering wheel and Performance Data Recorder, among other things. In this respect, then, the auto remains the bargain that the Corvette has always been, while at the same time reasserting itself as America's definitive sports car*.

Chevrolet reveals 563kW Corvette ZR1