Chevy Corvette ZR1 debuts with 755 horsepower

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

Chevrolet says the 2019 Corvette ZR1 goes on sale in spring 2018, with pricing to be announced closer to that time.

For example, the new ZR1 has a redesigned front end with huge air intakes to feed four new radiators, which brings the total heat exchanger count to 13, according to Chevrolet. With a top speed quoted at "over 210 mph", they're not wrong. The result is the production of 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque.

Power is sent to the rear axle through either a manual seven-speed or eight-speed paddle-shift automatic gearbox - the first automatic transmission in a Chevrolet supercar.

"I've never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there's never been one like this before", says Reuss.

A low wing package decreases downforce in comparison, but it's with this package that the claimed 210mph top speed can be achieved. The second is an available two-way-adjustable High Wing for maximum downforce - about 60 percent more than the Z06's Z07 Performance Package - to return the quickest lap times.

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".

Both of the rear wings are tied directly into the car's chassis, as on the C7.R race vehicle, for the best possible strength and stability.

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Powering the auto is the LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, but it now features a new intercooled supercharger system (52 percent more displacement than the Z06) and GM's first dual-fuel-injection system. A new carbon fiber "halo" hood rises high and is open in the center in order to clear the bigger supercharger and intercooler. The ZR1 also comes equipped with Chevy's first dusl fuel direct injection system with supplemental port injection.

Straight line speed isn't the new ZR1's only forte.

If you like your 'Vettes in aggressive colors, Chevy rolled out a "Sebring Orange Design Package", which pretty much takes orange to 11.

A further option, the "Sebring Orange Design Package", adds orange accents as well as orange seat belts and stitching combined with the Sebring Orange Tintcoat paint.

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.

The ZR1 ushered supercharging into the Corvette's wheelhouse almost a decade ago, and this C7 ZR1 assures it's alive and well. Additional extras available include a Bose audio system, performance data recorder, and heated and vented Nappa-leather trimmed seats.

It's good to be the King.

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