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The Most Powerful Corvette Ever! The New 2019 ZR1

The Most Powerful Corvette Ever! The New 2019 ZR1

Over the weekend the team at Chevrolet unveiled the latest version of the Corvette. The new ZR1, which will now hold the crown as the most powerful Corvette ever produced. The last ZR1 was sold from 2009 to 2013 and featured a 638 hp V8. Well, this new version promises to up the ante, big time.

It will now feature the new LT5 supercharged V8 that will produce 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. Another exciting fact is that you can order it with either a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission. This marks the first time an automatic has been available on the ZR1. In addition to the added power you can see the difference in the appearance right away. The new front fascia is much more aggressive allowing for increased airflow. You also no doubt noticed the huge wing on the back. Well that is what they call the high wing option. They are offering both high and low wings. The low wing is standard and the high wing is part of the ZTK Performance Package that also includes carbon fiber end caps on the front splitter along with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. It also adds special chassis components and Magnetic Ride Control settings for better grip in the corners.

If you like the orange version that is part of a special package as well. It’s called the Sebring Orange Design Package and in addition to the orange paint scheme it also replaces the blue brakes calipers with orange ones. On the inside orange stitching and seatbelts will be found along with plenty of bronze aluminum trim.

The new ZR1 goes on sale in the spring of 2018 but we don’t know a price or a 0-60 time just yet. My guess is the price will start around $120,000. I made a chart to show you the current hierarchy of Corvettes based on price and performance.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

455 hp

0-60 – 3.7 seconds

Starting at $55,495

Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

460 hp

0-60 – 3.6 seconds

Starting at $65,495

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

650 hp

0-60 – 2.95 seconds

Starting at $79,495

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

755 hp

0-60 – ?? seconds

Starting at an estimated $120,000

Photos/Video Courtesy: Chevrolet

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