Chevrolet finally showcased its much-hyped Corvette ZR1 at the Dubai International Motor Show 2017. As expected, the 2019 model of one of America’s legendary sports car is the fastest and most powerful Corvette model ever built till date in the car’s 64-year history.
To kick things off, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 gets powered by a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine that churns a massive 755HP along with a maximum torque of 969nm. Not to mention, it’s the first engine from Chevrolet that uses both primary injection and supplement fuel injection to maximize efficiency at every revolution. The engine gets mated to a seven-speed manual or, for the first time ever in an automatic transmission which is equipped with an eight-speed paddle shift system.
On paper, the new Corvette ZR1 is faster than the likes of Audi R8 V10 Plus, Porsche 911 Turbo S, and even the current V8 Ferrari. Chevrolet claims that supercar can achieve a top speed of 210mph, however, did not mention the 0-60mph acceleration time. That said, with so much power we believe it won’t take the ZR1 more than 3 seconds to reach 60mph from standstill.
“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. “Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back.”
As far as looks go, the new ZR1 was showcased in a fiery orange hue that looks rather stunning. To compliment the signature orange exterior, the car also gets orange brake calipers, orange rocker and front splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, as well as orange interior stitching. It features standard carbon fibre elements on its exterior and will be available in a hardtop, or as a targa-style convertible.
Interested buyers will be offered a choice of two different aero packages. One of them just comes with a low rear wing, however, there’s another one called the ZTK Performance Package that further improves downforce by adding a front splitter, Michelin Pilot Cup 2 summer-only tires, adjustable suspension (for efficient cornering), as well as a two-way adjustable high wing that essentially delivers massive levels of downforce – estimated at 400kg for track use.
Chevrolet is yet to officially reveal the pricing of its Corvette ZR1, though rumor has it that the Corvette ZR1 should get a starting price of nearly $120,000. The car will be available for purchase in the second quarter of 2018.