Corvette ZR1 Unveiled With 755 HP, 210+ MPH Top Speed


With 563kW and 969Nm of torque at its disposal, Chevrolet says the 2018 Corvette ZR1 is the fastest production 'Vette ever. Chevrolet didn't go into specifics but confirmed the model has a top speed in excess of 210 miles per hour (337 km/h).

Chevrolet is calling this the most powerful and fastest Corvette of all time. 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. It can be paired to either a seven-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Corvette ZR1 introduced today also debuted a dynamic, available Sebring Orange Design Package.

In the meantime, the new ZR1 is unlikely to be converted to right-hand drive and offered in Australia.

In 1990, the Corvette ZR-1 returned to the lineup with a Lotus-engineered and Mercury Marine-built, 32-valve, aluminum-block, 5.7-liter V8 dubbed the LT5. The auto was discontinued after 1995, production totaling fewer than 7,000 units. According to Chevrolet, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 tips the scales at 3,524 lb. The final edition of this version of the ZR1 rolled off the assembly line in 2013. There's also a Bose premium sound system available, along with a carbon fibre-rimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats and a Performance Data Recorder for more sportive types.

Aside from taking the shortest hiatus in the model's history, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 continues the car's history of maximizing performance and altering its form in order to satisfy function.

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.

Four new radiators make sure the engine and drivetrain are properly cooled during spirited driving and customers can specify a carbon-fiber hood that allows the supercharger and the intercooler to come out through a central opening. Both wings are bolted directly to the chassis just like on a C7.R race auto, for strength and stability.

In order to hit these impressive speeds, the auto has been equipped with an all-new front fascia and a "downforce-enhancing front underwing".

Moreover, the pack containing the high wing also brings a front splitter, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and Magnetic Ride Control to the table. Tires will be sized P285/30ZR19 up front and P335/25ZR20 in back.

In addition, a Sebring Orange Design Package is available which includes orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching and bronze-aluminium interior trim.

The cockpit will boast leather and faux-suede seat upholstery.

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.

The Corvette ZR1 will go on sale next year but Chevrolet isn't revealing the all important number on the price just yet. Pricing has not yet been announced, but we're expecting a base MSRP of about $130,000.