Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 debuts with 6.2L V8, makes 755 HP

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1's LT5 V-8 engine leaked

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1's LT5 V-8 engine leaked

Behind those gaping air intakes and beneath that carbon fiber hood beats the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1's 755-horsepower heart. Top speed is said to reside somewhere above 210 miles per hour (338 km/h). Never had any vehicle with a bowtie produced this much power and gone this fast. That's all from an LT5 6.2 litre direct-injected V8 - still fitted with pushrods, mind you - force-fed by an intercooled supercharger 52% larger than the one in the Z06. Peak torque kicks in at 4,400 rpm, which is 800 rpm higher than the Z06's 650 lb. -ft. of twist. That's because the follow up to the already insane Z06 will boast a lot more. Buyers will get to choose between a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. With the automatic, you get a set of paddle shifters, but they're mounted to the steering wheel rather than the steering column.

A new Sebring Orange Design Package will make it virtually impossible to ignore the new Corvette ZR1.

Ever since I drove the C7 Chevrolet Corvette, it solidified something for me. Gone are the round tail lights and returned the not-so-worthy Stingray name has. And looking across its product portfolio, the only cars that really do the trick right now are its high-performance autos.

But the ZR1 isn't just about grunt, the Chevrolet engineers have tuned every element of the vehicle for maximum performance. Heated and vented Napa leather-trimmed seating is also available, as well as a carbon fiber-rimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats, Performance Data Recorder, Bose premium audio system and more.

The Corvette ZR1's exclusive LT5 supercharged engine, which is rated at an SAE-certified 755 horsepower (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft of torque (969 Nm), is establishing a new benchmark in performance.

An all-new front fascia is created to channel air for propulsion-system and drivetrain cooling, with four new radiators bringing the heat-exchanger total to 13. A new carbon fiber "halo" hood rises high and is open in the center in order to clear the bigger supercharger and intercooler. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can be kitted with one of the two available aero packs. The standard Low Wing is the one that has the least drag and enables the ZR1 to hit its claimed top speed of over 335 km/h; even so, the vehicle generates up to 70% extra downforce compared to a stock Z06 in this form. 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. Tires will be sized P285/30ZR19 up front and P335/25ZR20 in back.

Speaking of options, Chevrolet will offer a Sebring Orange Design Package that includes a Sebring Orange exterior with orange brake calipers and orange accents.

Keeping all that power on the road is an aggressive aero package that includes a downforce-inducing front underwing and two different versions of rear wing.

A pre-bailout Chevrolet just revealed their fastest production car-the Corvette ZR1. Pricing has not yet been announced but expect a six-digit figure.

Even so, you likely won't be able to match the ZR1's overall performance at its price, no matter how hard you try.

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